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Letter: Consider public transit in new stadium concept

Consider public transit in new stadium concept

The question of the hour is where should the new football stadium be located? Should the stadium be built in the city or in the suburbs? Maybe it should be in Niagara Falls or Batavia or even Canada, to attract sports fans from farther away.

The criteria include available land, minimal disruption, nearby roads, proximity to other attractions and the expected cost/revenue balance. Less attention is given to the long-term effects on the environment and the local economy, as well as demographic forecasts.

An important aspect of these long-term factors is the mode of transportation used to get to the new stadium. The choice of location should place high priority on the potential for public transit.

In many cities, this is already the case. In Albany, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Baltimore and Oakland, to name a few, many sports fans use this option to get to games without the inconvenience of parking.

Public transportation has long-term advantages for the environment, reducing fuel consumption and air pollution. It has long-term benefits to the economy when transit routes to sports facilities also pass through sections of a city where business and cultural attractions exist, or where blighted neighborhoods can be revived with transit-oriented development. With the burgeoning population of seniors and millennials, two groups who are known to use transit, there are long-term considerations of demographics.

Regardless of where the new stadium is built, developers and team owners should use foresight and creativity to include environmentally, economically, and socially sensible transportation solutions.

Lynn Magdol