NFTA Metro Bus Routes

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Overview

NFTA Metro carried many of its present route numbers and names from the previous International Railway Company routes.

Otherwise, much of the routing follows (loosely) the following number schematic:

  • 1– 49 City of Buffalo and Erie County routes
  • 50–57 City of Niagara Falls and Niagara County routes
  • 60– 81 Express routes from Downtown Buffalo
  • 90–97 Special event routes to Buffalo Bills, Darien Lake
  • 101–118 Buffalo Public School routes
  • 200–216 Metrolink routes

Currently operating routes

Route Number Route Name Terminals Notes
1 A
1 B
William Downtown (4th Street and West Genesee Street)
City Line (East Lovejoy Street and Goethe Street)
Appletree (Appletree Transit Center)
2 A
2 B
Clinton Downtown (4th Street and West Genesee Street)
City Line (Clinton Street and Fernwood Avenue)
Transit (Bank of America))
3 A Grant Downtown (North Division Street and Ellicott Street)
City Line (Kenmore Avenue Extension and Military Road)
4 A
4 B
4 H
Broadway Downtown (4th Street and West Genesee Street)
City Line (Broadway and Michael Avenue, Sloan)
Harlem (Thruway Plaza Transit Center)
"A" trips operate to Michael Loop at the city line, "B" trips operate via Broadway to Harlem and "H" trips operate via Halstead Avenue, through the Village of Sloan.
5 A Niagara/Kenmore Downtown (South Division Street and Washington Street)
University Station
Route changed to move service on Sheridan to separate route 35-Sheridan and add service from previous route 30-Kenmore.
6 A Sycamore Downtown (Waterfront Village - Lakefront Boulevard and La Riviere Drive)
Galleria Mall (Walden Galleria Mall)
7 A Baynes/Richmond Downtown (South Division Street and Washington Street)
Forest (Buffalo Psychiatric Center)
8 A Main Waterfront Village (Lakefront Boulevard and La Riviere Drive)
University Station
11 A
11 D
Colvin Downtown (South Division Street and Washington Street)
Paramount (Colvin Boulevard and Paramount Drive)
Fillmore (Fillmore Avenue and Wales Avenue, Tonawanda)
12 A
Utica Niagara (Niagara Street and Hampshire Street)
City Line (Main Street and Bailey Avenue-Jersey Left Loop)
13 A
Kensington Utica Station (Main Street and East Utica Street)
University Station (University Metro Rail Station)
14 A
14 B
14 C
Abbott Downtown (Washington Street and East Mohawk Street)
Lackawanna (The Shops at West Seneca)
McKinley Mall (McKinley Parkway near Milestrip Road)
ECC South (Erie Community College, South Campus)
15 A
15 B
Seneca Downtown (Lower Terrace and Charles Street)
City Line (Seneca Street and Wildwood Avenue - Wildwood Loop)
Southgate Plaza Transit Center
16 A
16 B
South Park Downtown (Washington Street and East Mohawk Street)
City Line (Lackawanna Victory Transit Center)
McKinley Mall
18 A Jefferson Delavan/Canisius College Station
Louisiana (Louisiana Street and South Park Avenue)
19 A Bailey University Station
Bailey and Abbott
A few trips operate over Dingens Street into New Buffalo Industrial Park
20 A Elmwood Downtown (Ellicott Loop)
Orchard (Delaware Avenue and Orchard Drive - Orchard Loop)
22 A Porter/
Best
Niagara (Lakeview Avenue and Jersey Street)
Harlem (Thruway Plaza Transit Center)
23 A Fillmore/
Hertel
Marina Vista (Apartment Complex-Foot of Hertel Avenue)
South Park (Abbott Road & Bailey Avenue)
24 A
24 B
Genesee Downtown (Amtrak - Exchange Street Station)
City Line (Genesee Street and Andrews Avenue - Andrews Loop)
Airport ([Buffalo-Niagara International Airport])
25 A
25 B
Delaware Downtown (Ellicott Loop)
Orchard (Delaware Avenue and Orchard Drive - Orchard Loop)
Tonawanda (Main and Niagara Transit Center, Tonawanda)
26 B Delavan Niagara (Niagara Street and West Delavan Avenue)
Harlem (Thruway Plaza Transit Center)
27 A Erie County Home Airport (BNIA)
Wende (Erie County Home)
Replaced service previously offered on "24C" service into Wende. Passengers are now required to transfer between routes at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.
29 A Wohlers Niagara (Maryland Street and Efner Street)
Delavan-College Station (Delavan/Canisius College Station)
32 B
32 C
Amherst Niagara (Niagara Street and Amherst Street)
Thruway Mall (Thruway Plaza Transit Center)
34 A
34 B
Niagara Falls Blvd. University Station (Metro Rail)
Amherst Development Park
Audubon (Creekside Park and Ride Lot)
35 A Sheridan Niagara (Tonawanda Street and Vulcan Street)
Flint (University at Buffalo North Campus)
Route 35 service replaces service on previous 5 Niagara trips over Sheridan Drive. Service is extended to the University at Buffalo's North Campus.
36 A
36 C
Hamburg Downtown (East Mohawk Street and Ellicott Street)
Hamburg (Main Street and Buffalo Street)
McKinley Mall
40 A Buffalo-Niagara Falls
via Grand Island
Buffalo (Metropolitan Transportation Center)
Niagara Falls (Portage Road Transit Center)
42 A Lackawanna Turnpike/Odell
Southgate Plaza
44 A
44 B
Lockport Buffalo (University Station)
Crosspoint
Lockport (Main Street and Locust Street)
46 A
46 B
Lancaster Thruway Mall
Thruway Mall-via Harlequin
Route replaces route 6 service past Walden Galleria Mall. This route operates as a one-way loop past Dick Road.
47 A Youngs Road University Station (Metro Rail Station)

Airport (BNIA)
Route replaces Buffalo Airport service from University Station on route 30 Kenmore, which was merged with route 5 Niagara.
48 A Williamsville University Station
Transit (Eastern Hills Mall)
49 A Millard Fillmore Suburban University Station
Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
50 A
50 B
Main/Niagara Lewiston (2nd Street and Mohawk Street)
Military Road (St. Mary's Hospital)
Niagara Falls Transit Center (near Prime Outlets)
52 A Hyde Park St Mary's Hospital
Niagara Falls Transit Center (near Prime Outlets)
54 A Military Portage Road Transit Center
The Summit
55 A
55 B
55 C
55 F
55 L
Pine Ave. Portage Road Transit Center
Niagara Falls Transit Center (near Prime Outlets)
Niagara Falls International Airport
NCCC/BOCES
Lockport
57 A Flex Tonawandas Main Street and Niagara Street
Niagara Falls International Airport
Route replaced Tonawanda service on route "20T" and North Tonawanda service on route "25D."
60 A Niagara Falls Express Buffalo
Portage Road Transit Center
61 A North Tonawanda Express Downtown (Amtrak - Exchange Street Station)
Main Street and Niagara Street
64 A Lockport Express Downtown (North Division Street and Ellicott Street)
Lockport (Main Street and Locust Street)
66 A Williamsville Express Downtown (Main Street and Allen Street - Allen/Medical Campus Station)
Transit (Millersport Highway and Transit Road)
67 A Cleveland Hill Express Downtown (Main Street and Allen Street - Allen/Medical Campus Station)
ECC North
68 A George Urban Express Downtown (Amtrak - Exchange Street Station)
Airport (BNIA)
69 A
69 B
Alden Express Downtown (Lower Terrace and Charles Street)
Alden (Broadway and Sullivan Avenue)
Lancaster (Broadway and Central Avenue)
70 A
70 C
East Aurora Express Downtown (Washington Street and East Mohawk Street)
East Aurora (Fillmore Avenue and Riley Street - East Aurora)
72 A
72 P
Orchard Park Express Downtown (Washington Street and East Mohawk Street)
ECC South
74 A
74 B
Hamburg Express Downtown (North Division Street and Ellicott Street)
Athol Springs Transit Center
North Boston (Herman Hill Road)
75 A West Seneca Express Downtown (Lower Terrace and Charles Street)
Bank of America (Transit Road)
Bullis (Seneca Creek Road and Union Road)
76 S Lotus Bay Express Downtown (North Division Street and Ellicott Street)
Seneca Bingo
79 A Tonawanda Express Downtown (Amtrak - Exchange Street Station)
Main & Niagara
81 A Eastside Express Downtown (South Division Street and Washington Street)
201 Lockport Shuttle Lockport (Main Street and Locust Street) Hourly loop service in the City of Lockport.
204 Airport/Downtown Express Downtown (North Division Street and Ellicott Street)
Airport (Holtz Road Park and Ride)
206 Buffalo State Circulator Fall/Spring semester shuttle service for Buffalo State College campus, with additional service to Tops and Wegmans on Amherst Street
211 ECC Circulator Fall/Spring semester tri-campus shuttle serving ECC City Campus to either ECC North or ECC South.

Previously operating routes

Route Number Route Name Operation from/to Notes
9 Parkside/Zoo * Service continued as an extension of route 18 Jefferson, then 39 Parker, then operated for a brief time as a Bflo Transit, Inc. operated route. As of 2014, service north of Delavan/Canisius College Station has been eliminated along entire route.
10 West Utica * Service combined with route 12 East Utica, renamed 12 Utica.
17 Central Terminal * Service operated until mid-to-late-1990s with some service on route 4C, operating Fillmore Avenue, Paderewski Drive and Memorial Drive, before returning onto Broadway.
20E Late Night Express * Short-lived shuttle service between Canisius College, Medaille College, Buffalo State College and the Chippewa Entertainment District. Service originally operated weekends, then reduced to Thursday nights only before being eliminated entirely due to low ridership.
21 Michigan/Forest * Service eliminated in March 1993, with some service on route 8B serving Michigan Avenue from Best Street to William Street to ease pressure off route 8A service to and from Downtown Buffalo; service eliminated on October 31, 2010.
27 Ridge Road * Some service replaced currently with route 42 Lackawanna.
28 Sheridan * Service currently offered partially by route 49 Millard Suburban.
30 Kenmore * Service currently operates as route 5 Niagara from University Station to Kenmore-Military and route 47 Youngs Road from University Station to Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.
31 Ogden * Service continued as extension of route 22 Porter-Best; service eliminated in mid-to-late-1990s.
33 Tonawanda/North Tonawanda * Some service replaced by route 20 Elmwood and route 25 Delaware. Service currently operates as route 57 Tonawandas as of October 31, 2010.
35 Hamburg via Abbott * Service discontinued and replaced partially by an extension of route 14 Abbott. Service currently does not operate south of ECC South.
37 Hamburg via Camp * Some service operates rush hours as part of route 74 Boston Express.
38 Buffalo/Angola * Some service between Buffalo and Lotus Bay (via Angola) operates as route 76 Lotus Bay Express.
39 Parker * Service eliminated in late-1990s.
41 Sheridan/Harlem * Service eliminated in early-2000s.
42 North Campus * Shuttle service briefly operated in the 1990s between University Station and UB Flint Circle via North Bailey Avenue and Maple Road.
43 Mall Shuttle * Service implemented in March 1993 as an extension of route 4 Broadway and route 6 Sycamore to serve Walden Galleria Mall and Appletree Business Park from Thruway Mall. Service eliminated and extended on route 4 to compensate for lost route. Service changed on October 31, 2010 to eliminate route between Galleria Mall and Appletree Business Park and route 46 Lancaster was added to compensate portion of route 4 and routes 6B, 6C, 6D and 6F.
46 ECMC Shuttle * This route operated as a shuttle from Delavan/Canisius College Station to ease pressure off route 13 service into Erie County Medical Center. Service eliminated and extended on route 203 Erie County Home Express to compensate for lost route. Service changed on April 29, 2012 to eliminate route between ECMC and Erie County Home and route 27 Erie County Home was added to compensate portion of route 24C.
51 Buffalo Av
Military Road
51 Military North
53 Niagara
56 River Road Started March 25, 1993
Ended October 30, 2010
* Route began March 24, 1993 as a continuation of buses operating from Frontier Station to Niagara Falls routes.
58 Lockport-Niagara Falls
58 Lockport City
62 Parker Started March 25, 1993
Ended April 27, 2012
* Service eliminated due to low ridership
63 Riverside Started March 25, 1993
Ended April 27, 2012
* Service eliminated due to low ridership
65 Amherst Started March 25, 1993
Ended April 27, 2012
* Service eliminated due to low ridership; service to Millersport Highway and Transit Road transferred to route 66 Williamsville express.
71 Holland * Service implemented March 24, 1993; service to Holland transferred to route 70 Holland Express and route 75 West Seneca Express.
73 Lancaster * Service implemented March 24, 1993; service to Lancaster transferred to route 69 Alden Express.
80 ECC Shuttle * Tri-campus shuttle connecting ECC campuses; service transferred to route 211 ECC Circulator.
82 Outer Harbor Shuttle * Short-lived route serving businesses on the outer harbor. Service eliminated due to low ridership.
90 Bills Express
Portage Road Transportation Center
* Short-lived route serving Buffalo Bills home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Service eliminated April 29, 2012.
91 Bills Express
Tonawanda
* Short-lived route serving Buffalo Bills home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Service eliminated April 29, 2012.
92 Bills Express
University
* Short-lived route serving Buffalo Bills home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Service eliminated April 29, 2012.
93 Bills Express
Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center
* Short-lived route serving Buffalo Bills home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Service eliminated April 29, 2012.
94 Bills Express
Niagara Falls Transportation Center
* Short-lived route serving Buffalo Bills home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Service eliminated April 29, 2012.
95 Bills Express
Thruway Plaza
* Short-lived route serving Buffalo Bills home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Service eliminated April 29, 2012.
96 Bills Express
Clarence Mall
* Short-lived route serving Buffalo Bills home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Service eliminated April 29, 2012.
97 Darien Lake Eliminated April 2012, temporarily reinstated for summer 2012 * Service operated between Downtown Buffalo and Darien Lake Amusement Park. Service eliminated due to low ridership and high cost of operating, although service was reinstated to run during the summer of 2012.
200 North Tonawanda-Wheatfield Ended May 2012 * Service eliminated due to low ridership
209 Medaille Circulator Ended May 2012 * Shuttle service connecting Medaille College and remote parking at Buffalo Zoological Gardens. Service eliminated due to low ridership
210 Airport-Niagara Falls Express Started May 25, 2008
Ended April 2012 in restructuring
* Service operated between Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Niagara Falls Transportation Center and Portage Road Transit Center. Service eliminated due to low ridership and funding.
216 McKinley Mall-Gowanda Ended May 2012 * Service removed due to low ridership and high cost of operating.

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