Niagara County has the potential to resurrect industry and commerce in Western New York, but it will take a lot of courage to create the change that is needed, such as a state of the art, mass transit monorail system like the one at Walt Disney World in Florida.
This system could start at Niagara Falls International Airport, with stops at Summit Park Mall, North Tonawanda and Tonawanda, and then nonstop to downtown Buffalo. Passengers could transfer to Hamburg and other surrounding communities using Memorial Auditorium as a transfer hub.
The system could then return to Niagara County through Amherst (Boulevard Mall), the University at Buffalo, sweeping through Niagara County straight to beautiful Niagara Falls, then return back to the airport.
The other day, a local TV news program reported that Western New York was decreasing in population but increasing in vehicle traffic, indicating that eventually roads would have to be widened. Instead, why not maintain the roads we already have, develop a plan to move the masses and change our dependency on fossil fuel?
The time has come for mass transportation to take hold in the United States -- why not let Niagara and Erie counties lead the way? Come on, Western New York. You want change? Prove it.
JOSPEH R. SUTO