Tentative plans for metro rail improvements announced

Track replacement and other infrastructure needs addressed

Mike Baggerman
May 03, 2019 - 2:39 pm

NFTA Metro Rail station at LaSalle Street. May 3, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The NFTA's Metro Rail will see infrastructure improvements over the next five years ranging from track replacement and video surveillance upgrades, to improvements in escalators and ventilation.

"LaSalle Station and the rest of the metro rail have been showing its age," State Senator and Transportation Committee Chairman Tim Kennedy said at a press conference at the aforementioned station in Buffalo. "This station was first opened over 30 years ago in the mid-1980's. Since then, there hasn't been a lot of work done and there hasn't been a dedicated stream of state funding for the system's capital needs, forcing the NFTA to spread their dollars even thinner."

New York State secured $100 million over five years to increase the number of riders and improve infrastructure in the metro rail.

Riders can expect the following improvements over the next five years.

  • 2019-2020: Track Replacement, Train Control System Replacement, Escalator Replacement, Catenary and Insulator Replacement
  • 2020-2021: Track Replacement, Escalator Replacement, Catenary and Insulator Replacement, Station Panel Liner Replacement, Video Surveillance Upgrade
  • 2021-2022: Track Replacement, Catenary and Insulator Replacement, Station Panel Liner Replacement, Station Ventilation Replacement, Public Address System Replacement
  • 2022-2023: Track Replacement, Catenary and Insulator Replacement, Station Panel Liner Replacement, Station Electrical Rehabilitation, Station Ventilation Replacement
  • 2023-2024: Track Replacement, Catenary and Insulator Replacement, Station Panel Liner Replacement, Station Electrical Rehabilitation, Additional Above Ground Crossover

Kennedy also said the improvements to the infrastructure will better improve Buffalo's chances to receive federal money to complete the planned metro rail expansion to the University at Buffalo's North Campus.

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