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A lesson for the Metro Rail and potential Belt Line

Advocates of Buffalo’s Metro Rail and the Belt Line (see herelearn more) should check out this article in The Atlantic Cities that shows how an unpopular transit system became a hit in a fairly short period of time considering a slow start mired in controversy.

It was BRO reader JF who pointed out the article to us, saying, “This isn’t about Buffalo, but when I visited Salt Lake City in 2007, I was struck by how similar the system looked (smallish city, light rail, surface downtown, lightly used, Free-Fare Zone downtown, same proof-of-payment system, and even identical self-service ticket machines to those used in Buffalo). Looks like a lot has changed (there) in 6 years…”

Here’s how Utah got it done.

Photo: Courtesy UTA Trax – Though it looks similar to Downtown Buffalo


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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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