One of the great things about Buffalo and Western New York in the summer is that there is no shortage of awesome shows, concerts, events, and activities happening in the area.

However with such a sprawling area that is Western New York, it's not always that easy to get to some of the different things that are happening in around town during the warmer months. Buffalo and Western New York this summer, some people might be concerned about how they are going to get around.

To make things a little easier for folks, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is bringing back a pretty popular program that offers free bus services on various dates throughout the summer months.

What Is The Parks Adventure Bus?

Thanks to a partnership between the NFTA, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Prevention, and the Erie County Parks Department, the Metro Bus now offers free bus service to eight (8) of the most popular parks in Western New York on Saturdays.

The Parks Adventure Bus starts rolling in June and will run until Saturday, August 12, 2023.

This free bus service allows people to travel in style to several places all over Erie and Niagara County free of charge.

We are thrilled to offer this innovative new program that our riders requested... Providing access to Western New York’s most beautiful parks and beaches is important for our community and we are happy to make this possible.
-James Morrell, Director of Public Transit with NFTA-Metro

The new program will provide the bus service from the downtown Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center on Ellicott Street and buses will run to the following locations:

  • Knox Farm State Park
  • Chestnut Ridge Park
  • Fort Niagara State Park
  • Emery Park
  • Como Lake Park
  • Beaver Island State Park
  • Akron Falls Park
  • Evangola State Park

Buses will leave from the transit center at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:45 pm going to each park, and buses are scheduled to return at 12 pm-noon, 2:15 pm, and 4 pm.

You can find more information about this free bus service on the NFTA website here.

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