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WELCOME
Amherst - Buffalo Transit Options
Public Open House Meeting
Sponsored by
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority...
Where do you work?
Where do you live?
Indicate with
green dot
Indicate with
red dot
Study Process Flow Chart
Tier 3
Detailed Evaluation
of Alternatives
Define No-Build
Alternatives
(current year &
horizon y...
Alternatives Analysis Study Process
Fatal Flaw Analysis – Tier 1 Screening
Establish Universe (Long List) of Alternatives
...
Draft Purpose and Need
Purpose
• Provide a fast, reliable, safe, and convenient
transit ride in the Amherst-Buffalo corrid...
Study Area
• Conventional buses or special BRT
vehicles
• Interior (seats, doors) for:
» Efficient boarding, alighting
» Easy interna...
What is Light Rail Transit? (LRT)
• Buffalo’s Metro Rail is an example of LRT
• Can operate on streets or dedicated Right-...
Long List of LRT Alternatives
Proposed LRT Alternatives Advancing to Tier 2
Niagara Falls Blvd. Bailey Avenue Millersport Highway
Long List of BRT Alternatives
Proposed BRT Alternatives Advancing to Tier 2
Niagara Falls Blvd. Bailey Avenue Millersport Highway
Preferential and Enhanced Bus Alternatives
to be Evaluated in Tier 3
Preferential Bus Alternative Enhanced Bus Alternative
Tier 2 Screening Criteria
SUPPORT FOR
TOD
Consistency with local and
regional plans and strategies
Number of stations with...
Typical Cross-Sections: Side Platform LRT Station Options
Draft Works in Progress - For Discussion Purposes Only
ExistingS...
Typical Cross-Sections: Center & Tunnel LRT Station Options
Draft Works in Progress - For Discussion Purposes Only
TunnelN...
Typical Cross-Sections: BRT Options
Draft Works in Progress - For Discussion Purposes Only
ExistingStreet
Section
Existing...
Tier 2 Screening Results Matrix
Flood-
plains
(acres)
Wet-lands
(acres)
Streams
(feet)
Niagara Falls Blvd LRT 1 (via Baile...
Niagara Falls Blvd. LRT Alternatives 1 & 2
Niagara Falls Blvd. LRT Alternative 7
Bailey Avenue LRT Alternatives 1 & 2
and Millersport Highway LRT Alternative 1
Niagara Falls Blvd. BRT Alternatives 1 & 2
Bailey Avenue BRT Alternatives 1 & 2
and Millersport Highway BRT Alternative 1
University at Buffalo North Campus
LRT BRT
Millersport Alternatives for
UB North Campus
Next Steps
• Reach Consensus on Alternatives Advancing
to Tier 3
• Refine Alternatives (cross-section/ROW need,
possible t...
What do you like? What would you change?
Remaining Study Schedule
June 2015 Jul 2015 Aug 2015 Sep 2015 Oct 2015 Nov 2015 Dec 2015 Jan 2015
Tier 2 Decisions
Tier 3 ...
Proposed Alternatives Advancing to Tier 3
• LRT
» Niagara Falls Boulevard 1
• BRT
» Niagara Falls Boulevard 1
» Bailey Ave...
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Open house boards, June 11, 2015

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Open house boards, June 11, 2015

  1. 1. WELCOME Amherst - Buffalo Transit Options Public Open House Meeting Sponsored by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council
  2. 2. Where do you work? Where do you live? Indicate with green dot Indicate with red dot
  3. 3. Study Process Flow Chart Tier 3 Detailed Evaluation of Alternatives Define No-Build Alternatives (current year & horizon year) Detailed Alternatives Screening Methodology & Evaluation Criteria Public Involvement and Agency Coordination Goals and Objectives Detailed Evaluation Methodology (FTA rating criteria) Needs Define Detailed Build Alternatives Identify Long List of Multi-Modal Alternatives Conceptual Alternatives Tier 1 & Tier 2 Screening Steps Locally Preferred Alternative
  4. 4. Alternatives Analysis Study Process Fatal Flaw Analysis – Tier 1 Screening Establish Universe (Long List) of Alternatives Apply Purpose and Need Test and Market Assessment (transit mode) Reasonable Test #1 and Test #2 Fatal Flaw Results (Tier 1 Results) Public Open House Meeting – November 2014 Conceptual Analysis – Tier 2 Screening Identify Alternatives that Advance to Tier 2 Provide High Level Conceptual Engineering and Apply Evaluation Criteria to Screen Alternatives Conceptual Analysis (Tier 2) Results Public Open House Meeting Detailed Analysis – Tier 3 Screening Identify Reasonable Range of Alternatives that Advance to Detailed Level Analysis Conduct Detailed Definition of Alternatives Apply Evaluation Criteria to Alternatives Alternatives Analysis Results (Tier 3 Results) Public Open House Meeting – Fall 2015 Recommendation of a Locally Preferred Alternative Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Fall2014Winter2014–Spring 2015 Summer2015–Winter 2015 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 We Are Here
  5. 5. Draft Purpose and Need Purpose • Provide a fast, reliable, safe, and convenient transit ride in the Amherst-Buffalo corridor • Link activity centers • Support planned regional economic development Need • Expanded transit service is needed to serve: » Ongoing development and redevelopment » Existing and new activity centers » Transit-dependent populations in the study area
  6. 6. Study Area
  7. 7. • Conventional buses or special BRT vehicles • Interior (seats, doors) for: » Efficient boarding, alighting » Easy internal circulation • Permanent, weather protected • Passenger information, amenities • Secure, well-lit • Convey system identity with branding Stations & Terminals • Variety of sizes, floor heights Priority Bus Lanes • Operate in a broad variety of physical and operating environments • Vehicles receive priority to move faster than general traffic • Critical design parameters: » Safely supports rapid, reliable service, enforcement » System identity Systems • Passenger information • Off-board, advanced fare collection • Traffic signal prioritization • Automatic Vehicle Location Vehicles What is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?
  8. 8. What is Light Rail Transit? (LRT) • Buffalo’s Metro Rail is an example of LRT • Can operate on streets or dedicated Right-of-Way • Can have raised platforms or street-level boarding of passengers • High passenger capacity • Increased reliability Buffalo, NY NFTA Metro LRT
  9. 9. Long List of LRT Alternatives
  10. 10. Proposed LRT Alternatives Advancing to Tier 2 Niagara Falls Blvd. Bailey Avenue Millersport Highway
  11. 11. Long List of BRT Alternatives
  12. 12. Proposed BRT Alternatives Advancing to Tier 2 Niagara Falls Blvd. Bailey Avenue Millersport Highway
  13. 13. Preferential and Enhanced Bus Alternatives to be Evaluated in Tier 3 Preferential Bus Alternative Enhanced Bus Alternative
  14. 14. Tier 2 Screening Criteria SUPPORT FOR TOD Consistency with local and regional plans and strategies Number of stations with transit supportive zoning - total of high and medium stations SYSTEM CONNECTIVITY Connecting NFTA bus routes Number of park and recreation areas served ENGINEERING/ RIGHT-OF-WAY NEEDS Percent mixed traffic operations Percent signalized intersec- tions of total intersections Private land area affected by guideway (acres) ENVIRONMENTAL/ COMMUNITY IMPACTS Impacts to parks, recreation, open space (acres) Impacts to water resources Floodplains (acres) Wetlands (acres) Streams (feet) Number of properties affected RIDERSHIP/ MARKET 2035 total project boardings (avg. weekday) Travel time between UB campuses (UB South, University Station- UB North, Greiner Hall) minimum Travel time between UB campuses (Downtown, Allen Station - UB North, Greiner Hall) minimum 2035 projected park & ride patrons 2035 total boardings by zero car households (avg. weekday) Commercial/retail area served (sf) 1/2 mi station radius
  15. 15. Typical Cross-Sections: Side Platform LRT Station Options Draft Works in Progress - For Discussion Purposes Only ExistingStreet Section ExistingStreet Section ExistingStreet Section ExistingStreet Section StaggeredSide PlatformStation StaggeredSide PlatformStation StaggeredSide PlatformStation StaggeredSide PlatformStation Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4
  16. 16. Typical Cross-Sections: Center & Tunnel LRT Station Options Draft Works in Progress - For Discussion Purposes Only TunnelNo Station Section 5 Section 6 Section 7 Section 8 ExistingStreet Section ExistingStreet Section ExistingStreet Section ExistingStreet Section CenterPlatform Station CenterPlatform Station TunnelSide PlatformStation
  17. 17. Typical Cross-Sections: BRT Options Draft Works in Progress - For Discussion Purposes Only ExistingStreet Section ExistingStreet Section ExistingStreet Section ExistingStreet Section MixedTraffic Operation Dedicated Outside Lane Dedicated InsideLane Dedicated Outside Lane Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4
  18. 18. Tier 2 Screening Results Matrix Flood- plains (acres) Wet-lands (acres) Streams (feet) Niagara Falls Blvd LRT 1 (via Bailey, Eggert, Niagara Falls Blvd, Maple and I-990) 10.2 11.0 0% 44% 24,000 14,700 16 26 343 821 6 16 6 12 13.8 1.3 419.0 0.0 211 Nia ga ra Fa ll s Blvd LRT 2 (via Ba il e y, Egge rt, Nia ga ra Fa ll s Blvd, Ma ple , John Ja me s Audubon Pa rkwa y a nd Mille rs port) 9.6 11.2 0% 39% 23,200 14,700 16 26 178 786 5 14 6 10 21.1 1.4 495.9 0.0 254 Nia ga ra Fa ll s Blvd LRT 7 (via Ba il e y, Egge rt, Nia ga ra Fa ll s Blvd, Me ye r Rd, unde r I-290, I-990) 10.2 10.7 0% 39% 24,100 14,700 15 25 357 860 5 17 6 12 11.7 0.8 398.8 0.1 244 Ba il e y Ave LRT 1 (via Ba il e y, Ma ple , I-990) 9.3 7.0 0% 43% 23,500 14,600 15 25 556 825 6 16 6 12 11.0 0.7 385.8 0.0 189 Ba il e y Ave LRT 2 (via Ba il e y, Ma ple , John Ja me s Audubon Pa rkwa y a nd Mille rs port) 8.7 8.3 0% 36% 22,800 14,100 15 25 407 790 5 13 6 10 20.4 1.4 462.8 0.0 232 Mille rs port Hwy LRT 1 (via Ba il e y, Grove r Cle ve la nd, Mille rs port, Flint, John Ja me s Audubon Pa rkwa y, Mille rs port) 8.2 4.7 0% 28% 22,900 13,500 13 23 976 398 7 8 5 7 21.2 1.5 629.4 0.0 194 Niagara Falls Blvd BRT 1 (via Niagara Falls Blvd, Maple, I-990) 11.5 25.7 17% 35% 21,100 13,800 30 40 132 961 5 17 4 17 15.3 2.2 782.1 0.4 305 Nia ga ra Fa ll s Blvd BRT 2 (via Nia ga ra Fa ll s Blvd, Ma ple , John Ja me s Audubon Pa rkwa y, Mille rs port) 10.9 25.8 19% 33% 20,800 13,600 34 44 167 958 5 17 6 16 21.3 1.9 854.3 0.4 366 Bailey Ave BRT 1 (via Bailey, Maple, I-990) 9.8 7.4 27% 39% 20,400 13,300 23 33 135 846 5 23 4 14 15.6 1.9 559.8 0.0 207 Ba il e y Ave BRT 2 (via Ba il e y, Ma ple , John Ja me s Audubon Pa rkwa y, Mille rs port) 9.0 6.8 30% 36% 20,400 12,900 23 33 266 844 5 23 6 13 21.3 1.5 632.1 0.0 262 Millersport Hwy BRT 1 (via Bailey, Grover Cleveland, Millersport, Flint, John James Audubon Parkway, Millersport) 8.5 4.1 35% 35% 17,800 11,500 18 28 251 432 7 21 5 8 21.2 1.5 564.0 0.0 201 # OF PROPERTIES AFFECTED Projected Park- and-Ride Patrons, 2035 LENGTH OF ALT (miles) Percent Mixed Traffic Operations ENGINEERING / RIGHT OF W AY NEEDS ALTERNATIVE PRIVATE LAND AREA AFFECTED BY GUIDEWAY (acres) 2035 Total Project Boardings (Average Weekday) # OF STATIONS WITH TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE ZONING - 1/2 mile station radius - total of high and medium stations Percent Signalized Intersections of Total Intersections Travel Time between UB Campuses (UB South, University Station- UB Car HH (Average North, Greiner Weekday) Hall), min. IMPACTS TO PARKS / RECREATION / OPEN SPACE (acres) BUSRAPID TRANSIT Travel Time between UB Campuses (Downtown, Allen Station - UB North, Greiner Hall), min. LIGHT RAIL 2035 Total Boardings by 0 COMMERCIAL / RETAIL AREA # OF PARK AND SERVED (acres) - 1/2 RECREATION AREAS CONNECTING NFTA mile station radius SERVED BUS ROUTES Consistency with local and regional plans and strategies SUPPORT FOR TOD ENVIRONMENTAL / COMMUNITY IMPACTS IMPACTS TO WATER RESOURCES RIDERSHIP / MARKET SYSTEM CONNECTIVITYDESCRIPTIVE
  19. 19. Niagara Falls Blvd. LRT Alternatives 1 & 2
  20. 20. Niagara Falls Blvd. LRT Alternative 7
  21. 21. Bailey Avenue LRT Alternatives 1 & 2 and Millersport Highway LRT Alternative 1
  22. 22. Niagara Falls Blvd. BRT Alternatives 1 & 2
  23. 23. Bailey Avenue BRT Alternatives 1 & 2 and Millersport Highway BRT Alternative 1
  24. 24. University at Buffalo North Campus LRT BRT Millersport Alternatives for UB North Campus
  25. 25. Next Steps • Reach Consensus on Alternatives Advancing to Tier 3 • Refine Alternatives (cross-section/ROW need, possible truncation/MOS, station locations, etc.) • Develop Analysis for Tier 3 Alternatives • Identify Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) • Hold Committee and Public Open House Meeting on LPA » Tentatively October 2015 • LPA moves to the next project phase » Federal and State environmental review » Preliminary and final engineering » Construction
  26. 26. What do you like? What would you change?
  27. 27. Remaining Study Schedule June 2015 Jul 2015 Aug 2015 Sep 2015 Oct 2015 Nov 2015 Dec 2015 Jan 2015 Tier 2 Decisions Tier 3 Process Refine Evaluation Criteria Define Alternatives Conduct Evaluation Develop Life Cycle Costs/Financial Info LPA Selection Process Project Steering Committee Meeting Project Advisory Committee Meeting Public Open House Meeting
  28. 28. Proposed Alternatives Advancing to Tier 3 • LRT » Niagara Falls Boulevard 1 • BRT » Niagara Falls Boulevard 1 » Bailey Avenue 1 » Millersport Highway 1

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