University (Metro Rail)

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University
Buffalo Metro Rail Station
University Metro Rail Buffalo.jpg
Station statistics
Address 3383 Main Street (near Niagara Falls Boulevard)
Buffalo, NY[1]
Coordinates 42°57′17″N 78°49′14″W / 42.954705°N 78.820556°W / 42.954705; -78.820556
Line(s)
Structure type Underground (depth, 55ft.)[2]
Platforms 2 inter-connected side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking 600 spaces
Other information
Opened 1986
Owned by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Fare zone Paid fare
Formerly South Campus (1985-September 1, 2003)
Services
Preceding station   NFTA   Following station
Metro Rail Terminus

University Station (formerly South Campus Station until September 1, 2003[3]), is the last and most northerly station on the Buffalo Metro Rail line.

Located on the south side of Main Street (just east of Niagara Falls Boulevard), this station is a major transfer point between Metro Rail and many city and suburban bus routes.

This station offers a unique "Kiss and Ride" facility on the top level, above the ticket mezzazine. This allows drivers of automobiles a separate area to drop off passengers, so they do not add to the traffic congestion from buses at the station during rush-hour periods.

The station also offers a large park-and-ride facility directly to the east of the station.

Artwork[edit]

University Station Artwork.JPG

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]

University Station is home of three pieces of work, from Stephen Antonakos (New York City), Harvey Breverman (Buffalo) and Beverly Pepper (Todi, Italy and New York City).

The work from Stephen Antonakos is called Neon for South Campus Station and is an "abstract form of neon tubing, creating large, incomplete circles and incomplete squares, mounted on the interior ceiling of the mezzanine level of the station. The 550 feet of tubing is red, orange and blue".[5]

Harvey Breverman's work is a large triptych on a semi-circular wall at the foot of the escalators at the trainroom level. The work is entitled Synoptic Triptych. It focuses on the composite nature of a diverse, evolving University (at Buffalo) community and its attending resources."[5]

Beverly Pepper's work is "a sculpture of steel and grass, located in the bus loop, entitled Vertical Presence-Grass Dunes. The work changes in appearance as the passengers ride around the loop. An illusion of movement is created through the passing sun patterns".[5]

Bus stations serving University Station[edit]

University station serves the University at Buffalo and transfer point for buses to the north and northeast suburbs of the city.

  • 5 Niagara/Kenmore (inbound)
  • 8 Main (inbound)
  • 12 Utica
  • 13 Kensington (inbound)
  • 19 Bailey (inbound)
  • 34 Niagara Falls Blvd. (outbound)
  • 44 Lockport (outbound)
  • 47 Youngs Road (outbound)
  • 48 Williamsville (outbound)
  • 49 Millard Fillmore Suburban (formerly Hopkins) (outbound)

In addition, the station is a short walk to Main Circle (located at the upper level of the station) affording quick access to the University at Buffalo's shuttle buses (UB Stampede) to the North Campus of the University at Buffalo. The University's Blue Line (Downtown - South Campus Shuttle) can be boarded from the same loop area.

Notable places nearby[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. ^ "Buffalo Art In Transit," Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, c. 1986
  5. ^ a b c "South Campus Station," Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, c. 1986

External links[edit]

Media related to University station at Wikimedia Commons