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INSTALL MORE BENCHES AT METRO STATIONS

As a longtime employee of Buffalo General Hospital, I was keenly interested in The News article announcing a blueprint of the Medical Campus that is being developed around Buffalo General and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I am excited that this campus is being developed, but I have a couple of suggestions.

First, why don't some of the local restaurant owners open some restaurants in the area? With the amount of workers who will be concentrated in this area, there will be plenty of customers, not only for the restaurants, but for some small shops as well. The area around Children's Hospital has many restaurants and shops servicing both employees and patient families.

Second, the article pointed out that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Allen/Hospital Metro Station will have to be reconfigured to allow the planned extension of Allen Street eastward. This brings to mind an existing flaw in the station.

When you go down to the train platforms, both inbound and outbound, there are only two seating benches on each side. They are placed way down at the end of the platform, requiring a long walk.

There are times when I get off work that my feet are really aching. I get down to the platform and would like to sit down to wait for the train, but the thought of that long walk is discouraging, especially since there is plenty of space to hold more benches.

And let's not forget that this station services patients. Many people rely on public transportation to get to their medical appointments. When you don't feel well, you want to sit down.

I hope somebody with some vision will read this letter and install some more benches in the Allen Station, as well as in all of the underground stations.

RUTH B. PACE
Buffalo

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