NFTA Transporter

Monday, May 16, 2016

The NFTA plans to win

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority received a Western New York American Planner Association Best Practice Award for the Access Enhancement Study for Canalside and Cobblestone Districts. Rob Jones, Darren Kempner, Jeff Amplement, and Rachel Maloney were on hand to accept the award.

The award is shared with the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council, Empire State Development and the project team of WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, Sowinski Sullivan Architects and Hatch Mott MacDonald.

The WNY APA is the only section in the Upstate New York APA chapter with an awards program. All winners will be submitted for consideration for chapter awards. The best practice category recognizes a specific planning tool, practice, program, project, or process. It emphasizes results and demonstrates how innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices help to create communities of lasting value.

The Canalside and Cobblestone study evaluated and developed alternatives for enhancing transit in the districts, supported redevelopment of the NFTA’s DL&W Terminal, and created opportunities for future Metro Rail expansion. The study wrapped up in March when the NFTA’s Board of Commissioners adopted Alternative B (the river alternative), the locally preferred alternative. The next step is securing funds to complete an environmental review.

The Authority is excited for the opportunity to reinvent DL&W. Recognition from the WNY APA is another boost towards that end.