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NFTA plans Niagara St. corridor upgrade

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Buffalo: NFTA plans Niagara St. corridor upgrade
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The NFTA is planning to upgrade the Niagara Street Corridor, from City Hall to Ontario Street; one of the busiest bus routes in Buffalo.

The cornerstone of the $4.5 million project is a transportation hub, at a yet to be determined location, in the Riverside neighborhood.

Bus shelters will be upgraded, some with heaters, and all shelters on the route will have bus notification systems to let riders know in real-time when to expect a bus.

The NFTA will also implement technology allowing buses to communicate with traffic signals to speed up bus travel.

"When that bus is pulling up to that signal, and it was time to turn red, it will hold it on green for the bus to travel through it," said the N.F.T.A. Spokesman, C. Douglas Hartmayer. "Time is important to people."

The project will be rolled out over the next two years. The lion's share of the project will be funded by federal dollars.

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