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Trains, planes and buses: How storm is impacting Buffalo public transportation

Commuters attempting to brave the blizzard ravaging Erie County will find curtailed service aboard Metro Bus and Rail Wednesday night and Thursday.

All flights in and out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport, meanwhile, are canceled for Wednesday night, and air travelers are encouraged to check with their airline for the latest information.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority cited blizzard conditions and several travel bans in limiting bus and rail service through Thursday.

“While we anticipate providing service throughout the day, we are pulling back on some outbound service where there are no riders,” said NFTA spokeswoman Helen Tederous, referring to the Wednesday evening commute.

Service on bus routes 70, 72, 74, and 76 ‑ express service to East Aurora, Hamburg and Orchard Park, will be eliminated Thursday, Tederous said. The routes were carrying virtually no passengers late Wednesday, she said.

Metro Rail will continue service Wednesday night, Tederous added, but with 20-minute intervals between trains instead of normal 10-minute waits to allow time for snow removal on above ground tracks. Tederous said transit officials will assess the situation again at around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, following very low rail ridership on Wednesday.

She also said a check with Greyhound and Trailways operating out of the downtown bus terminal showed several cancellations on routes departing for and arriving from Cleveland, Toronto and New York.

“They’re coming in,” she said of intercity buses, “but there’s not a lot going on.”

Amtrak, meanwhile, was reported on time with virtually no delays.

“We’re running,” said a local spokesman.

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