NFTA Transporter

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NFTA helps land a $2 million HUD grant

Buffalo Niagara is one of 27 communities, out of 468 applicants, to receive a Sustainable Communities award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant will be used to connect housing, schools and jobs.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "HUD funding will create exciting transit-oriented opportunities and attract more riders to the Metro system. Too often transportation options are thought of after an investment is made. By planning together as a group, the Buffalo Niagara Consortium will be able to develop transit solutions first, and best support projects that are sustainable, environmentally friendly and beneficial to the local economy."

The Buffalo Niagara Consortium successfully attracted the HUD grant and includes the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, University of Buffalo, Belmont Housing Resources, Buffalo Partnership, City of Niagara Falls, along with the NFTA. HUD Regional Director Adolfo Carrion joined Representative Brian Higgins and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to announce the award in person, at the Metro's Allen Medical Campus Station.