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Letter: Medical Campus working to resolve parking issues

Medical Campus working to resolve parking issues

We could not agree more with The News that economic growth in Buffalo, and specifically on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, is a good thing, but that it can lead to growing pains. As The News points out in its editorial, “Medical Campus parking squeeze must be dealt with,” our collaborative transportation planning efforts have spurred a number of programs to provide convenient and affordable commuter options for employees on the Medical Campus, including upgrades to the Allen Street/Medical Campus transit station, discounted transit passes, direct bus route extensions, bike and complete streets infrastructure and car sharing services. Many of our campus employees have already discovered the considerable health, economic and environmental benefits of trying new commuting options.

In terms of on-campus parking operations, a key aspect is ensuring ample parking for all patients and visitors. We also offer a number of off-street parking options for employees. Still, we understand that nearby residents need relief from spillover parking and we are ready to work with our Allentown neighbors to help outline possible solutions.

We believe that, while building Buffalo as a dynamic, thriving city of the future, we must put people first and create opportunity for continued community and economic development. We will continue to work with our varied transportation and neighborhood partners on access and mobility solutions to fulfill this shared vision for our community.

William Smith

Director of Transportation and Planning

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

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