Initiative to redevelop terminal is great news
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as part of his State of the State message in Buffalo, outlined his wholehearted support and commitment to redeveloping the DL&W terminal and extending Metro Rail service into the facility. His words were music to my ears, and by the level of enthusiastic applause from the other attendees, it excited them as well.
Based on the results of a Canalside/Cobblestone Transit Access Enhancement Study, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners approved a locally preferred alternative to extend Metro Rail service to the lower level of the DL&W terminal with a new station along the existing tracks nearest the Buffalo River and provide infrastructure for access to the second level, as well as the KeyBank Center, South Park Avenue and the burgeoning Cobblestone District.
Our board approved the locally preferred alternative based on the technical evaluation as the most effective alternative for meeting the study’s goals and objectives. Input from the study’s Steering Committee, community stakeholders and comments from the community at public open house presentations supported this alternative as well.
As a result of the governor’s financial support and ardent commitment to transit-oriented development, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is now poised to complete an environmental study as required by both the National Environmental Policy Act and the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and also to begin a preliminary design phase to continue moving this project down the track.
Sister Denise A. Roche