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Mind the Gap: NFTA Metro Redesign & Transit Art

Reimagining things. It’s what we humans do. When we see something that we think could be different, better, or simply updated, we think to ourselves, “Now, I would change this, or add that.” Unfortunately, most of the time, our ideas remain stuck in our heads, only to eventually fade away.

Presently, Holly Norris, a Communication Design major at Buffalo State, is reimagining what our Metro system could look like if given a robust boost. But instead of simply socking the ideas away in her mind, she’s intending to broadcast them at an upcoming exhibit at Sugar City.

Holly’s concepts that she will be rolling out are part of her senior graphic design show. The imagery is based on her impression of what the future of Buffalo’s Metro system could behold. Holly wants to show the true potential of the Metro system, in a way that we can all laud.

Buffalo’s Metro system is not as bad as it used to be – remember those archaic muted oranges and yellows? At the same time, there’s certainly nothing striking about the current system. If you’re intrigued, be sure to catch what she’s throwing, at a reception on May 5.

Mind the Gap: NFTA Metro Redesign & Transit Art

Reception May 5, 2017, 6-9 p.m

On view April 30 – May 5

Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.

Facebook event

Sugar City | 1239 Niagara Street | Buffalo, NY 14213

Artist website:

*Please note this show is a fictional rebranding and is not associated with the NFTA – but it would be great to see some members of the NFTA present at the show!

Written by queenseyes


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. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Reimagining the artwork is one thing, what about the stations and platforms themselves? The Allen/Medical station is a rousing success in these regards, but they all have the outdated-ass platforms (to be fair, there are probably those that are much worse on well established systems).

    Also, when are they going to roll out the turnstiles?

    • Matt Gracie

      Right after they fix the escalators.

  • runner68

    What the Metro Rail needs is what ever other metro system in the world has…an actual sign at station entrances like the London Underground or the NYC needs to be iconic an eye catching so you know where the stations are. Their word mark on bus shelters and stations is not all that’s just the blue wavy NFTA logo..try an “M” or a “MR” in a lighted circle. It’s cliche but it works and it would make the metro rail a hell of a lot more visible.

  • Andy Wulf

    Honestly, I like the old color scheme better. At least orange and brown are somewhat original. Red, white and blue are overused to the point of cliché.

    • Agreed

    • Christopher Bieda

      The old scheme always reminded me of the colors of the southwestern touches on City Hall. They worked hugely better on City Hall, but nevertheless they had precedent locally.

    • Johnny Pizza

      Nothin’ cliché bout the colors of ‘Merican freedom [spits chew out of mouth].

  • Mr. B

    Personally, I’d prefer expansion of the system prior to redesign . . .


  • OldFirstWard

    I thought this was about a thigh gap.

  • Michael DiPasquale

    The logo and graphics for Metro are amateurish and ugly. They should pay Holly to design something better.

  • MrGreenJeans

    The sad 2-dozen rail cars of Buffalo are now older than the 1917 Witt cars which rumbled their way to Oblivion when the IRC drove them to death in 1950. New colors will not make the crappy, antique NFTA junk into something new.