Could the proposed Federal economic stimulus package lead to expansion of the light rail system? Yes, if some Buffalo Common Council members have their say. This afternoon the Common Council will consider a resolution that calls on the NFTA and WNY's congressional delegation to apply for stimulus money to extend light rail. The Buffalo News' Brian Meyer has the quote of the day from Council President David A. Franczyk:
"I think it would be a perfect use of federal stimulus money," said Franczyk. "People realize that infrastructure is important."
Sam Hoyt is on board:
Common Council members aren't alone in their push to extend Metro Rail. State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, a Buffalo Democrat, has long advocated a public transit extension that would link Buffalo to the North Campus. At a hearing sponsored by federal lawmakers last summer, Hoyt underscored the benefits of advancing such a project. He also voiced support for a high-speed rail line that would link New York City and Toronto with Buffalo and Niagara Falls.