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Letter: Extending Metro Rail to Amherst is smart

Extending Metro Rail to Amherst is smart

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, representing over 3,000 members across the Buffalo Niagara region, strongly supports Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to extend Metro Rail service to Amherst and the University at Buffalo North Campus through phase 2 of the Buffalo Billion.

This capital investment in our region would have significant economic, environmental and social benefits. The extension would create hundreds of construction jobs and hundreds of permanent jobs with the proposed retail component. Furthermore, the extension would reduce vehicular traffic and, in doing so, reduce air emissions.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly for our region, the proposed extension would bring communities in Amherst and Buffalo even closer together. We are, after all, one region.

We look forward to working with our local, state and federal officials to assist in securing both community support and funding for this initiative to become a reality.

Colleen DiPirro

President and CEO

Amherst Chamber of Commerce

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