Allen-Medical Campus (Metro Rail)

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Allen/Medical Campus
Buffalo Metro Rail station
Bufmetrail.jpg
Train entering Allen/Medical Campus
Station statistics
Address 941 Main Street (at Allen Street)
Buffalo, NY [1]
Coordinates 42°53′57.75″N 78°52′10.30″W / 42.8993750°N 78.8695278°W / 42.8993750; -78.8695278
Line(s)
Structure type Underground (depth, 40ft.) [2]
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened May 18, 1985
Owned by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Fare zone Free fare (southbound)
Paid fare (northbound)
Formerly Allen-Hospital (May 18, 1985-September 1, 2003)
Services
Preceding station   NFTA   Following station
Metro Rail
toward University
(Closed February 18, 2013)

Allen/Medical Campus (formerly Allen-Hospital until September 1, 2003[3]) is a Buffalo Metro Rail underground station located at Main Street and Allen Street at the northern end of downtown Buffalo, New York. It is the last underground station to the south and station requiring payment before entering Fountain Plaza station and the free fare zone.

Artwork[edit]

In 1979, an art selection committee was created, composed of NFTA commissioners and Buffalo area art experts, that would judge the artwork that would be displayed in and on the properties of eight stations on the Metro Rail line.

Out of the 70 proposals submitted, 22 were chosen and are currently positioned inside and outside of the eight underground stations.[4]

Allen/Medical Campus Station is home of four pieces of work, from Richard Friedberg, Scott Burton and Charles Clough (all of New York City) and Alberto Cappas, Juan Gonzalez and Olga Mendell of the Latin Gallery (Buffalo).

Richard Friedberg's offers an objective sculpture made of aluminum and steel. It is polychromed with highly durable paint and high gloss coloration. It is located on a wall over the escalator between the mezzanine and the level between the mezzanine and trainroom.[5]

Charles Clough offers riders a large photographic mural based on the work of Charles Burchfield, Buffalo's most famous painter.[5]

The Latin Gallery group offers riders a wall located along a sidewalk at the south end of the station in bright colors, and containing selected excerpts from chosen poetry. The work is on colored enamel fused to copper tile.[4]

Though subtle, Scott Burton offers riders a pair of bronze benches located in the middle of the mezzanine near the ticket vending machines. The two benches pay tribute to the American Arts and Crafts Movement. The benches represent uptown and downtown directions to the station. Each of the benches are life-sized and invite participation, by passengers sitting in them.

Bus routes serving Allen/Medical Campus Station[edit]

Allen/Medical Campus Station is one of only three stations that does not offer an off-road bus loop, requiring passengers to board/debark using curbside stops (the other two being Summer-Best Station, one station stop north and Humboldt-Hospital Station, four station stops north).

  • NFTA
    • 7 Baynes-Richmond
    • 8 Main
    • 29 Wohlers
    • 66 Williamsville (afternoon rush hours only)
    • 67 Cleveland Hill (afternoon rush hours only)
  • University at Buffalo shuttles
    • Blue Line - serves as a shuttle van to UB-affiliated locations of the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus from UB South Campus.

Notable places nearby[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Real Property Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2010-2011". Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  2. ^ The Dawn of a New Era of Transportation-Metro Rail and You, NFTA, Buffalo NY, date unknown
  3. ^ NFTA Website, August 29, 2003
  4. ^ a b Buffalo Art in Transit, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, c. 1986.
  5. ^ a b Allen-Hospital Station, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, c. 1986

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