Locked outlets at bus station mean charge phone before you go

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Travelers using the downtown bus station recently, have likely noticed plastic lockboxes covering the electrical wall outlets. The covered plugs can be a pain, especially for folks who need their cell phones and their batteries are running low.

Officials for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority say the wall plugs have created a safety issue. They said as users huddle around the outlets, charging their phones, tablets, and other electronic devices they have been blocking customers and NFTA workers at doors, and their movement through the public area.

Transportation officials locked up the plug-ins almost two months ago and NFTA spokesman Doug Hartmayer said it is only a temporary measure, as the agency goes through an upgrade of the bus terminal.

“We felt, in everybody’s best interest, we would cap those for now, until we can come up with a better solution which we are going to be doing in the short term, by way of some power stations that people can be able to use like they do in the airport.”

Improvements include new restrooms, an old snack bar is being converted to a conference room, the terminal is now more bicycle friendly, and plans include new charging stations.

“We have a number of improvements that we have made,” said Hartmayer. “We have recently added an additional seating facility, so when people are waiting for their bus they can wait comfortably until their bus arrives.”

Hartmayer added, passengers on national carriers such as Trailways and Greyhound can usually charge their electronic gadgets on the bus. But for now, he is advising local riders to charge your phone or tablet before you get on the bus.

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