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Letter: Invest in public transit rather than the Skyway

Invest in public transit rather than the Skyway

Concerning the proposed improvements to the Skyway, cited in The News recently, Citizens for Regional Transit notes that the Skyway deserves attention for maintenance, but there is no need to couple that problem with the commuter issue. Transportation alternatives exist already, such as those used during winter’s heavy snows. Savvy commuters find reasonable alternatives available, as in recently refurbished Ohio Street. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority now offers two bus routes for the Southtowns that are extended to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus: a good alternative that eases its parking crunch.

For the long term, Citizens for Regional Transit continues to promote a light-rail extension to the Southtowns, which would relieve commuter delays and is an investment in transportation infrastructure that is both environmentally sound and economically sustainable over the long term.

Rep. Brian Higgins is correct to question the $27.5 million estimate offered by the New York State Department of Transportation to refurbish the Skyway for another 20-year usage. Add in the estimated $15 million cost of maintaining the Skyway over the same time frame, and we ask: Could both the DOT and Erie County exert strong leadership and invest in public transit infrastructure for Southtowns commuters?

Gladys Gifford

CRT Board Member


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