The lack of weekend bus service on two key routes serving the city’s poorest neighborhoods forces many residents to walk miles for medical care, medication and affordable groceries, said Third Ward Councilman Joseph L. Jerge at Monday’s City Council meeting. “Some of these people have only the transportation provided by buses to get where they need to go.”
Jerge was joined by all council members in asking the NFTA to add weekend service for routes 42 and 36. Route 42 operates between Route 5 and Odell Street and Ridge Road with stops at the Southgate Plaza. Route 36 operates between downtown Buffalo and Hamburg via South Park Avenue with a stop at McKinley Mall.
“We’re down to very limited bus service,” said Annette Iafallo, 2nd Ward councilwoman. “We have a lot of people in the 2nd Ward who have no cars. They depend on bus service to go to work and shop. No matter what they have to do, they walk.”
• The 2nd Ward Block Club meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Queen of Angels Parish Center, 144 Warsaw Ave. A presentation by firefighter Scott Balcarczyk will focus on home safety.
• Branch pickup is set for Friday.