Purpose & Need

The purpose of the Project is to link established and emerging activity centers along the existing Metro Rail line in Buffalo with existing and emerging activity centers in Amherst and Tonawanda and provide a fast, reliable, safe, and convenient transit ride. The Project would serve existing Metro riders, attract new transit patrons, improve regional connections between Buffalo, Amherst, and Tonawanda, and support redevelopment and other economic development opportunities. Additionally, the Project would improve livability by increasing mobility and accessibility in communities throughout the region.

The need for enhanced, equitable, and sustainable transit service has three main components: (1) to serve existing and future travel demand generated by recent, pending, and future regional development; (2) to provide high-quality regional transit service; and (3) to better serve transit-dependent population segments.