We have begun collecting andanalyzing data on our region’stransportation system. Help us refineour analysis by letting us know if thedata tells our region’s story…
Continued maintenance of ourtransportation infrastructureposes significant fiscal challenges.
Since 1990,we’ve added525+ milesof new roads Roads Built Since 1990 Roads Built Before 1990
525+ miles Lane Miles Maintenance Total Cost of added Since Cost Per Lane New Lane MilesCounty 1990 Mile of RoadsErie 1,013 × $25,328 = $25,667,550Niagara 30 × $16,166 = $491,470 $26,000,000+ added annual tax burden Roads Built Since 1990 Roads Built Before 1990
Vehicle miles travelled per capitakeeps growing.
In 1973, vehicles milestravelled daily per capita was 8.25
In 2010, vehicles miles travelled dailyper capita was 17.89 An increase of 117%
While connecting workers to jobs viatransit is a struggle, access to the transitnetwork is good...
33% of all jobs are reachable via transit in 90 minutes median wait times are 14 minutes during peak rush hourData Source: Brookings
U.S. Metro Average is 69%Data Source: Brookings, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Our region’s population who own a carenjoy relatively low traffic congestionand short commute times.
And those who own a car enjoy relatively low trafficcongestion and short commute times. 3% the congestion of large metros like LA and NYC Source: American Community Survey (2010)
But not everyone has a car, and ourregion is continuing to age.
Households without a vehicle 13% 9%Buffalo Niagara US
Age Composition of Buffalo Niagara Population30% 65 and older25% 55 - 6420%15%10%5%0% 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010
Lower traffic congestion and our bi-national location is also a freightopportunity...
Cross-border traffic moving through the Buffalo-Niagara region has diverse U.S. origins and destinationsOrigin/Destination U.S. Region for 2004 Freight Tonnage Crossing the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Western / Midwestern USA Rochester 2% New England 3% 4% Mid-Atlantic Pennsylvania USA 19% 11% Ohio Other New York 12% 18% South-eastern USA 13% Buffalo/Niagara 18%
The region has good east-west rail connections
Despite “no-growth” population forecasts, IHS Global Insightforecasts predict that regional freight volume will more than double Freight Tonnage by Mode 400 350 300 250 Millions Air Cargo 200 Maritime Rail 150 Truck 100 50 0 2004 2035 Most of the region’s freight is carried by truck or rail Source: IHS Global Insight TRANSEARCH database
Are these data tellingthe story of our region’stransportationconditions?