February 26, 2014

NFTA’s aging rail creates hurdles for riders

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo News reported that because Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s 30-year-old Metro Rail system is deteriorating, it is losing riders. Problems such as increased wait times for trains due to single track use caused a nearly 25% drop in ridership last year.

The agency is currently working to improve the system but is struggling with delays caused by replacement of overhead catenary wire, four subway cars taken out of service simultaneously and nearly one-sixth of the system’s escalators being out of service. 
 
The deteriorating conditions hit the rail system just as it is poised to take on a greater role in moving workers to new employment centers. For the full story, click here.

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  • Brian Bradford[ February 26th, 2014 @ 11:18am ]

    Aren't NFTA's LRT cars based on the Boeing/Vertrol design that San Francisco and Boston used?

  • Justin[ February 26th, 2014 @ 11:43am ]

    No. The cars were built by a Tokyu, A Japanese company.

  • AC[ March 17th, 2014 @ 7:46am ]

    Maybe less should be spent cutting down trees and putting automobile traffic back on main street. It's a shame that all of this money is being spent on this. Re-allocate funds to improve the rail. Cars can drive on streets a block over. I find it very difficult to believe that this main street project is going to show any sort of return. This is why our youth is leaving Buffalo as soon as they can. Poor decisions, wasted money, and no real future. It really makes you wonder who is running ths show.

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