Governor pushes for Buffalo light rail extension

In the afternoon portion of his 2017 State of the State address, New York State governor Andrew Cuomo outlined his desire to complete an extension of Buffalo’s Metrorail light rail line to suburban Amherst, N.Y., and the North Campus of University at Buffalo. Long a topic of debate and endless studies, this would mark the first expansion of the light rail system since the completion of the first phase in 1986. Governor Cuomo also discussed an expanded transit hub in downtown Buffalo to include the old Lackawanna train shed on the waterfront, currently used by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority as a storage yard and maintenance shop. Both projects are part of the “Buffalo Billion II” funding program that includes 20 different programs and initiatives totaling $500 million.

—Passenger Train Journal

This article was posted on: January 9, 2017