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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Metro History 101




Executive Director Kimberley Minkel spoke at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library downtown Jan 10, as part of an on-going lecture series. Her talk covered the history of public transportation on the Niagara Frontier, dating back to 1825 and the opening of the Erie Canal.

In what was one of the best attended talks in the program to date, Kim shared the hour with Gladys Gifford from Citizens Regional Transit Corporation, a grass-roots organization promoting light rail rapid transit in our region.

Kim’s talk covered 186 years of local history, highlighting the recurring nature of challenges facing public transportation. The structure of transit goes through a major upheaval every generation, for many of the same reasons. Geographic and demographic changes, erosion of infrastructure and shifting political tides all repeat periodically.

The lecture series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature and continues every Tuesday at the Library’s Central Branch.