The Partnership’s list of priorities is released annually and details regionally significant development, infrastructure and planning projects for our state and federal representatives to support in close collaboration with the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls and the counties of Erie and Niagara.
2018 Regional Priority Projects
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership continues its collaboration with the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, and the counties of Erie and Niagara to identify regionally significant projects for our state and federal representatives to support. For 2018, the Regional Priority Projects list focuses on critical transportation infrastructure projects with both direct and sustainable economic development impact.
Agriculture Industrial Park with Complete Streets & Intermodal Connectivity
This project will utilize existing Class 1 rail infrastructure and be constructed with a complete streets design element to better connect Angola’s village center with the nearby industrial corridor job hub. In addition, the construction of the park will boost local agriculture – an industry extremely important to the regional economy.
Cars Sharing Main Street Completion
City of Buffalo
Funding is necessary to rapidly complete the Cars Sharing Main Street initiative to expedite the economic development benefits of returning two-way vehicular traffic to Main Street in downtown Buffalo. Securing the necessary funding incrementally will lead to years of construction and delay efforts to improve the quality of life in downtown Buffalo.
Lower Mountain Road/Bond Lake Park Access Improvements
A partial-depth reconstruction of 2.7 miles of Lower Mountain Road in Lewiston between Ridge and Townline roads will be designed to improve visibility of, and access to, Bond Lake Park. The area bordering this project is a part of the Regional Bikeway Network, the Niagara Wine Trail and a designated NYS trail in the Niagara River Greenway Plan.
Metro Rail Extension
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Extending the NFTA Metro Rail to the north and south will better connect people to jobs and stimulate new redevelopment opportunities. A federal TIGER grant is needed to match existing state allocations for the southern extension and redevelopment of the former DL&W Terminal, as well as state funding to meet federal capital investment grant requirements for the northern extension.
Niagara Scenic Parkway – Riverway Phase 2 & Hyde Park Roundabout
City Of Niagara Falls
This project removes all expressway features of the Niagara Scenic Parkway and replaces them with a two-lane extension of the ‘Riverway’ eastward to a new Hyde Park roundabout. Once complete, this project will provide multimodal waterfront access, reclaim hundreds of acres for park use and reroute 20,000 daily trips into the city’s street network spurring redevelopment opportunities throughout Niagara Falls.