Metro Rail riders to brace for delays

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Metro Rail riders need to brace for delays. Single-track service has returned, as the city paves the way to put cars back on Main Street.

For the next six months, there will be single-track service on the Metro Rail because of the project to return cars to Main Street. This means longer wait times for trains. Typically trains come every 12 minutes. Now they will come every 20 minutes.

NFTA Director of Public Affairs Doug Hartmayer, he says this is the only way to continue service while construction got underway.

Hartmayer said, “It’s actually fortuitous that the work is being done now because at the end of the day we will have a system that will be able to handle a greater influx of people that are going to come downtown to live, work and recreate. So metro rail will be in a much better place when we’re done with new stations, our new rail cars are coming in one every two or three months so in a year, a year and a half we will have almost a completely new system to take care of our customers the way we want to take care of them.”

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