The University at Buffalo has entered into an agreement with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to implement a pilot Metro Rail pass program that will provide UB students and faculty and staff members with discounted passes to make travel to the university’s South Campus and Downtown campus safer, easier and more environmentally friendly.
The pilot program will allow UB to purchase up to 3,000 student rail-only passes for $10 per semester for South Campus residents and students living around the South Campus to travel to the South Campus or to work and classes on UB’s Downtown Campus. In addition, UB will purchase up to 300 faculty/staff rail-only passes at $30 per year for transportation between the campuses.
Under the agreement, the university also could purchase up to 100 daily round-trip rail passes per month for members of the university community. The university will have access to space within the LaSalle lot for overflow and event parking, as well.
NFTA Commissioner Eunice A. Lewin said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to partner with the students and faculty of UB, because everyone benefits. Metro Rail is zero-emission transportation and provides a convenient connection to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The more people use public transportation, the better it is for the whole community.”
The new transportation alternative is expected to decrease the number of vehicles brought to campus by individuals who reside near the rail and to ease traffic congestion into and out of downtown, ultimately reducing the university’s carbon footprint.