Buffalo has a unique Light
rail system in several respects. The line operates on the surface (Main
St) in downtown Buffalo. It then goes into a subway to reach the SUNY
Buffalo South Campus. The Light Rail cars are long, but not articulated,
unlike many North American systems.
In the subway the cars use high
level platforms. On Main St the cars have flip down steps for curb
loading, although each station does have a mini-platform for the front
door of the train. Service is quick and reliable.
Buffalo has been in the doldrums for years. This is one of the few
systems that has not sparked growth. Maybe if the line was extended to
North Campus and a branch to Tonawanda and some investment is made in
the downtown core, ridership and downtown would improve!
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