Metro Rail Expansion the Focus of a Public Hearing

Northtowns expansion to run along Niagara Falls Boulevard

Tom Puckett
February 12, 2019 - 4:00 am

Metro Rail Expansion meeting at Sweet Home Middle School. December 6, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Your chance to speak up on the proposed NFTA Metro Rail expansion comes tonight at Sweet Home Middle School. 

Tom George with the NFTA says concerns will be addressed. "We present the design concept the way it's been laid and ask the public for input on whatever impacts that may have on the community as we develop an environmental impact statement," says George.

"Noise is one of the major factors of the environmental impact study," says George. "We'll look at the noise, the receptors around the transit expansion to see what the impacts are. Obviously, we'll look at the Niagara Falls Boulevard impacts as well."

George says there will be mitigation activities to look at the way traffic works in light of the expansion.

One of those opposed to the process is Rev. Chris Hoppe-Spink, who lives on Kenmore Avenue, where the Metro Rail would come up from underground. "If you look at where the current Metro Rail transit comes above ground, every time that happens the bells clang and clang," says Hoppe-Spink. 

Hoppe-Spink says he's concerned about claims of economic impact. "They have only one proposed station location before they get to Maple, so I'm not sure how above ground will benefit Niagara Falls Boulevard south of Sheridan," he notes. "They say it's going to increase property values but I believe it's just for commercial properties."

The public hearing is from 5-7pm.

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