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Assemblyman hopes survey leads to better Lackawanna bus service

Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns is looking for answers to the public transportation crunch facing Lackawanna residents. A six-question survey his staff is circulating among residents may provide information for Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials to plan bus service for Lackawanna.

The Kearns initiative comes in response to a community meeting in January at the Willie Cotton Center to discuss the lack of bus service to Lackawanna residents, particularly those living in the First Ward.

"Working collaboratively with the NFTA by answering survey questions will help them understand and provide more responsive service for Lackawanna residents," said Kearns.

At issue is reduced bus service on weekends and weekday nights, said John Ingram, an employee of the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority. “After 5:30 p.m., if I want to go to Tops or K-Mart, I have to walk three miles there and three miles back,” said Ingram.

Surveys are available online or at Kearns' office in the Southgate Plaza on Union Road in West Seneca.

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