Case Study of Buffalo's Rail Transit Development

by Thomas M. Wilson, (A.M.ASCE), Sr. Civ. Engr.; Metro Construction Div., Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Buffalo, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Transportation Engineering Journal of ASCE, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 5, Pg. 665-676

Document Type: Journal Paper


The history of the Buffalo, N.Y., Light Rail Rapid Transit System is presented. The 10-yr development period includes the establishment of a regional public transportation authority, the initial planning, the alternatives analysis, and the final development of the LRRT system. Guidelines for other cities planning rail transit systems are offered from this experience. They include establishing a strong transportation authority, involving the public from the conception of the project, developing public support, organizing political leaders, being cost conscious, and emphasizing cost of delay.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Rail transportation | Rapid transit systems | Construction costs | History | Light rail transit | Light (artificial) | Transportation studies

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