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Friday, November 25, 2016

Metro Rail Celebrates 30 Years - November 10, 2016!

Executive Director, Kimberley Minkel (left) and NFTA staff
Metro Rail is 30!  Construction on the NFTA's 6.4 mile Metro light rail line along Main Street in downtown Buffalo began officially in 1979 and was completed in three stages. The surface portion opened on October 9, 1984, while the subway portion opened as far as Amherst Street Station on May 20, 1985. The line was further extended to University at Buffalo's South Campus Station which opened on November 10, 1986.

In honor of Metro's "Big 30th" Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director, Tom George, Metro's Director of Public Transit, along with NFTA and Metro staff were out riding the system greeting customers as well as distributing commemorative key chains at five rail stations including University, LaSalle, Utica, Amherst and Allen Medical Campus on the morning of November 10.

Metro Rail Rider saying HBD Metro Rail!
"I feel it's important to be in the system and meet our riders," Minkel said. "It gives me the opportunity to listen to our customers and at the same time show my appreciation for their loyalty. We have a core of dedicated riders who use Metro Rail every day to travel to and from work and others who ride regularly to school, go shopping, enjoy downtown sporting events, concerts and to events at Canalside. I want them to feel appreciated.

During the week prior, Metro held a photo contest where riders could post a "Happy Birthday" message on Facebook or Twitter and be entered to win one of a few grand prizes. Some of the winners included staff from the Coffee Roastery in downtown Buffalo as well as a classroom of students from the Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy, who were actually taking their first official ride on Metro Rail on its special day. There were also two individuals who shared their own birthday with Metro rail and they each received a free Metro monthly pass.

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate and for your continued support! For more November 10 photos, check out NFTA's facebook page!