More of Main Street could have both cars and lightrail

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Senator Charles Schumer is trying to secure a $28 million federal grant for Lower Main Street that would make the street accessible for both cars and light rail.

Senator Schumer says the lack of vehicle access around the HARBORcenter and Canalside leaves the project undone and outdated. In addition to Lower Main Street, the Tiger Grant will also provide funding to return cars to the section of Main Street between Mohawk and Court Streets. One of the goals would be to develop more storefronts and commercial space along that strip.

Of the $28 million, $16 million would be dedicated to returning cars to the street between One Seneca Center and the waterfront. The remaining $12 million would go toward putting cars back on the road on Main between Mohawk and Court.

“I want to promise to do everything I can to see that Main Street is no longer a thorn in the development of downtown but rather the crown jewel of a new downtown Buffalo,” said Senator Schumer.

“There will be a local match. The city working with the state will put up $7 million as part of the local match,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Congressman Brian Higgins is also pushing for the Tiger Grant. He wrote to the U.S. Transportation Secretary in April in sup[port of the city’s application for additional funding.

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