Our regional transportation network is a vital piece of the Buffalo Niagara economy. We rely on roads and bridges to move people and goods around the region and to connect us with the rest of the country – and world. With our region’s position on an international border and the prominence of the local logistics industry; the transportation network plays a critical role in the Buffalo Niagara region. As such, the Partnership has taken a strong position role in advocating for our region’s fair allocation of transportation funds from the state and federal governments, as well as supporting projects that strengthen our infrastructure.
My colleague Janine Tramont recently sat down with Ann Marie Paul, Director of the Industrial & Manufacturing Materials Center of Excellence and Expertise in Buffalo, NY, to discuss the significance of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection center and how it changes trade in the Buffalo Niagara region and the greater United States.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s first-ever Cross Council Agenda Rollout was a huge success earlier this month as we aimed to better promote collaboration, coordination and networking among the Partnership’s five councils.
After years of advocating for a long-term federal transportation bill that would fund projects around the country, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership can cross another item off our advocacy agenda; the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law by President Obama earlier this month. The first long-term transportation bill passed by Congress in 10 years, the FAST Act allocates $305 billion over five years for surface transportation re-authorization.
Over the past few years, the Partnership has led the private sector’s involvement in the development and implementation of One Region Forward, Buffalo Niagara’s regional sustainability plan. Transportation is one of the give major components (or “big ideas”) of One Region Forward.
The plan complied and analyzed data related to transportation patterns in our region and many of the results are startling, if not alarming. According to data from One Region Forward, we spend more time commuting than ever before. Compared to 1970, we drive twice as much, with more people driving alone.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is evaluating the potential expansion of its metro-rail service; a 6.4-mile light rail line that runs from downtown Buffalo to the University at Buffalo’s South Campus.
Since before its original debut some 30 years ago, Western New York residents have been talking about extending the line four additional miles to the University’s larger North Campus.
With a shutdown of federal highway projects looming, Congress recently passed a three month extension for the Highway Trust Fund.
This extension ensures that projects will be funded until October 29. While this may seem like good news, it is only a temporary fix.
Since our State of Logistics event on June 18, 395 local companies have submitted their products and expertise to SolarCity through our Supply Chain Intake form.
The construction of SolarCity’s Buffalo-based plant has been exciting news for the region.
Yesterday’s State of Logistics event was an incredible success, drawing 350 people that were eager to learn more about how they can tap in to SolarCity’s supply chain.
Attendees heard from Vinayak Gupta, Vice President at SolarCity, and Jack Ampuja, Logistics and Transportation Council co-chair, on the trends and forecasts in the logistics industry.
Construction of SolarCity’s new manufacturing facility at Riverbend is well underway and will be a major catalyst for the region’s economy.
We are excited to provide regional businesses with the opportunity to learn more about the SolarCity project and its supply chain needs at our State of Logistics event at 8:30 a.m. on June 18.