Folks who take the Metro Rail into downtown Buffalo are in for a treat as the NFTA premiers something they have been working on for some time.

In a ceremony just steps from Lake Erie and the Buffalo River, officials from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, along with representatives of all levels of Western New York government, cut the ribbon on a brand new metro rail station.

The new Canalside Train Station is part of continued development along Buffalo's waterfront and part of a multi-million dollar renovation of the subway system that has been happening in Western New York.

The station, formerly known as Erie Canal Harbor Station, is the latest of several stations being upgraded as part of a $100 million investment in the system. The new upgraded station will give people visiting the KeyBank Center, Explore and More Children's Museum, and the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park better access to the amenities that Canalside has to offer.

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Developed and opened in 1984, the NFTA Metro Rail is one of the only two subway systems in New York State. The 40-year-old subway system is getting a much-needed makeover. Reconstruction is currently underway at the Church Street station, along with a total replacement of the current track, additional work on the catenary and pads, and other upgrades.

While that development is kicking off, crews are hard at work completing the final phase of reopening Main Street to cars and other vehicle traffic, which should help spur more activity in Buffalo's central business district.

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