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Buffalo: Transportation

Approaching the City

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport, 10 minutes northeast of the downtown area, runs more than 100 flights daily. The airport has service from major airlines such as Continental, Delta, United, Jet Blue, and Southwest. A total of 14 airlines operate out of its expanded $56 million terminal, serving more than 3 million passengers annually.

Northeast Buffalo is connected to points east by Interstate 90, which connects with Interstate 290 going south along Buffalo's eastern boundary. Northwest Buffalo is accessible via Interstate 190, which passes through the city's west side, cuts across town and connects with Interstate 90. The city can be approached from the south via a network of highways connecting with Interstate 90. The city is connected to Canada by the Peace Bridge and the Queen Elizabeth Highway (QEW).

Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak; the city is also served by the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority bus and light rail system throughout Erie and Niagara counties. National bus service includes Greyhound, and regional bus travel can be arranged via New York Trailways.

Traveling in the City

The city's street design, based on the plan for Washington D.C., consists of broad streets branching off from the downtown area in a radial pattern. Some of the primary spokes that intersect in downtown include Cherry Street, Elmwood Avenue, the New York State Throughway, Fourth Street, and William Street. A pedestrian mall, from which many of the city's attractions are easily accessible, runs from the northern part of the city to the Naval Park in the south. A modern rail line, with 14 stations that are embellished with a million dollars' worth of art work, traverses this area and offers free rides to all attractions in the downtown area. Bus service throughout Erie County is provided by Niagara Frontier Transport Authority; buses also travel to and from Niagara Falls. Light rail service is free for passage above ground, and there is a charge for subway travel. A specialized ParaTransit program offers curb-to-curb service for riders who are unable to board the NFTA vehicles. Traffic jams are said to be rare in Buffalo, and one can reach suburban destinations from downtown in 20 minutes or less. More bike paths are being developed all the time, particularly in the vicinity of the colleges and universities in the downtown area.