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NFTA Seems Serious About Extending Light Rail Into Cobblestone

As investment pushes from Main Street and Canalside to Ohio Street, the NFTA is studying the possibility of adding a Cobblestone District extension to the stubby light rail system.  The extension and new station would run through or along the light rail maintenance yard at the old DL&W Terminal train shed.  While an easterly extension has been looked at in the past, the potential of a new football stadium in Cobblestone or further southeast along South Park Avenue make the extension slightly greater than wishful thinking.

The $300,000 study examined five alternatives before winnowing them to two.  The NFTA’s Surface Transportation Committee received an overview of the possible extension yesterday (presentation here).

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One recommended alternative would run along the south side of South Park Avenue with a new station behind First Niagara Center (Alignment #2).

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The second would run through and have a station within the train shed (Alignment #4).  One of the discarded options was to ramp the cars up to the second level of the train shed that the NFTA has never gotten around to getting redeveloped.

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Plans for a Cobblestone District extension have been floated in the past including a loop to the casino and a 2013 proposal to connect to a new parking ramp along South Park Avenue that would help meet the needs of Medical Campus and downtown employees.

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The NFTA is also studying options for extending light rail service to Amherst.  The consultant has committed to a December 2015 date for identifying the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA).

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