Metro Rail

First of all, I’ve never shared the common perception around here that the Metro Rail is a useless “subway to nowhere”. Yes, it is far smaller than originally envisioned, and as light rail systems go, a single six-mile route is nothing to brag about. But when I was in college, I lived in an apartment at one end of the rail, went to school halfway down, and transferred to a bus to work at the other end. So for me at least, it’s always been useful.

I’m in the minority, though.

So I’m glad to see that the new Medical Campus is planning on building UB Med School on top of the existing Allen Street rail station. This might seem like a no-brainer, but for any project in this city to actually think about what’s already in the space and take advantage of it is a momentous occasion. Leveraging the existing public transportation infrastructure rather than building dozens of parking ramps is a shocking step in the right direction for planners who are normally trapped in the Robert Moses era.

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