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Single-track service starts Monday on Metro Rail downtown

Single-track service will begin Monday on Metro Rail’s surface section and continue for about two months as part of the continuing project to return vehicle traffic to Main Street, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

NFTA spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer said installation of new track and prefabricated concrete panels near Shea’s Performing Arts Center requires the service changes.

As a result of the single-track system, passengers must transfer from one train to another at the Church Street Station to continue their trip.

Hartmayer also said trains will operate on 20-minute intervals during the project.

The NFTA will provide special weekday shuttle bus service as an option between downtown and the University Station via Main Street from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. during the project. As a result, service will be provided every 10 minutes via bus or train.

Maps of the area, as well as bus and train timetables, are available at Metro personnel will also be initially available at all stations to provide assistance.

Passengers using mobility devices, Hartmayer said, should be aware of special boarding procedures because of platform restrictions:

• Inbound passengers from all underground stations must board the last car of the train if they plan to exit at a surface station. Inbound passengers from Church or Seneca Street must board the first car.

• Outbound passengers from Erie Canal Harbor or Seneca Street must board the last car. Outbound passengers boarding at Church Street, Lafayette Square or Fountain Plaza must board the first car.