Public access to city should be top priority

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority recently announced plans to expand its transit for all residents in the Buffalo area. Just as we are embracing the concept of public access to our waterfront, it would not take much to extend the rapid transit to the waterfront as well as to some of the outlying commercial areas. What about closer access to the Elmwood District, the Jefferson–Bailey area and the Broadway Fillmore area, where we might revitalize the train station? Well before the present transit system was formulated, one could travel as far as Hamburg and Eden.

In 1964, when the Committee for an Urban University was formed to place the University at Buffalo on the waterfront, its alternative plan was to connect the university to the transit system. Ninety-four year-old Lewis Harriman, the father of Buffalo’s rapid transit system, is smiling as he watches developments from his New Hampshire assisted-living home.

Robert T. Coles