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Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus offering employees free bus/rail passes

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is encouraging its employees to take the Metro to work, and it’s giving them an incentive to do just that.

The Medical Campus has launched the “Try Transit” program, an initiative designed to promote bus and rail use among employees. It will provide free NFTA-Metro passes to employees who have not tried local public transportation before.

Try Transit is part of a larger GO BNMC program, which encourages alternative transportation such as public transit, carpooling, biking and walking. It has also worked to make sure the Medical Campus’ infrastructure is friendly to alternative modes of transport.

Residents neighboring the campus have raised concerns about congestion and other problems associated with the influx of employee cars parked on nearby streets and in front of homes. As the campus continues to grow, reducing single-driver cars is a priority, according to William Smith, director of Access and Planning for the BNMC.

The passes will be good for unlimited travel on NFTA buses and the Metro Rail throughout the month of April. Unlimited passes usually cost $75.

The Medical Campus will hold an informational session to introduce employees to the local public transit system at noon Wednesday at its Innovation Center, 640 Ellicott St.

A limited number of passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Employees interested in obtaining a pass should call 218-7162 or visit