For years, we have written about the disinvestment that our region has had in its transportation network. Unmaintained roadways, bridges in disrepair and a limited public transit system, hindered by a lack of operating and capital improvement funds. These conditions have been a challenge to our economy, our workforce and our quality of life.
With the release of Moving Forward 2050, our region’s long-range transportation plan, the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) sets to change the means by which we consider and invest in our mobility options throughout the region. The plan anticipates significant changes in the region’s transportation landscape, incorporating new, smart technologies, greater investments in sustainable options and a movement towards thinking about transportation as mobility options, not just traffic management.
The plan sets forth the following vision:
Our transportation system connects the region with a variety of convenient options to promote opportunity, health and safety for all. At the same time, the system bolsters a globally-competitive economy with shared prosperity by encouraging efficient use of our resources and collaborating to make smart, forward-looking decisions that harness changes in the future.
Executing this grand vision is going to require significant support, regional alignment and funding allocation into the future. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is ready to play a key role, representing the employer community, in improving the function of the region.
GBNRTC is accepting comments on the draft plan through April 27, 2018. Get connected HERE.