On October 22, 2014, the NFTA will be hosting public meeting to present draft recommendations for future bus shelters and stops on Niagara Street, from Elmwood to Ontario Street.
This might be a good time to address an issue that we have posed on BRO a number of times. When I look at the new design for the bus shelter, the one glaring omission is a built-in garbage receptacle.
Bus shelters are a place where people gather for durations of time, and eat food, drink coffee and soda, chew gum… all before boarding the bus. The wrappers, cans and bags that are left behind is unsightly and the mess is rarely addressed. I believe that it’s a good time for the NFTA to finally face up to the fact that these shelters, used by its customers, need a garbage and litter program that will solve this issue that impacts neighborhoods all over the city.
Maybe Niagara Street could be the benefactor of a new system – a partnership between the NFTA and the City of Buffalo, to keep our streets and our neighborhoods clean. Then, the program could be expanded to other streets in years to come.
The public meeting will also concentrate on the design features of the new transit center to be located at Niagara and Ontario streets.
Meeting to be held at the Riverside Institute of Technology – 51 Ontario Street – October 22, 2014 – 6-8pm
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