University (Metro Rail)
Buffalo Metro Rail station
Train entering University
|Address||3383 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14214
|Depth||55 feet (17 m)|
|Platforms||2 inter-connected side platforms|
|Parking||600 park and ride spaces|
|Opened||November 10, 1986|
|Owned by||Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority|
|Fare zone||Paid fare|
|Formerly||South Campus (November 10, 1986-September 1, 2003)|
University (formerly South Campus until September 1, 2003) is a Buffalo Metro Rail station located near the intersection of Main Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard on the University at Buffalo South Campus and is not only a major transfer point between Metro Rail and many city and suburban bus routes, but 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 and a large park-and-ride facility directly to the east of the station. Since University Station serves as a terminal, immediately south is a double crossover.
From May 20, 1985 to November 10, 1986, due to construction issues at LaSalle Station, Amherst Street Station served as the northern terminus. Since November 10, 1986, University Station serves as the northern terminus.
Bus routes serving University Station
University Station serves UB South and transfer point for buses to the north and northeast suburbs of the city and is one of only four stations that offers an off-road bus loop, requiring passengers to board/debark using curbside stops (the other three being LaSalle Station, located 4,224 feet south, Delavan/Canisius College Station, located 15,840 feet south and Utica Station, located 20,592 feet south) and is served by 11 bus routes:
- 5 Niagara-Kenmore (inbound)
- 8 Main (inbound)
- 12 Utica
- 13 Kensington (inbound)
- 19 Bailey (inbound)
- 34 Niagara Falls Boulevard (outbound)
- 44 Lockport (outbound)
- 47 Youngs Road (outbound)
- 48 Williamsville (outbound)
- 49 Millard Fillmore Suburban (formerly Hopkins) (outbound)
- 81 Eastside (inbound)
- University at Buffalo shuttles
- Blue Line - serves as a shuttle van to University at Buffalo-affiliated locations of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus from the University at Buffalo-South Campus.
- UB Stampede - connects the two campuses of the University at Buffalo (North and South).
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.
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.
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 it's attending resources.
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.
Notable places nearby
University Station is near:
- Grover Cleveland Golf Course
- Community of Eggertsville, town of Amherst
- Kenilworth neighborhood of Tonawanda
- University Plaza
- University Heights Neighborhood
- University at Buffalo South Campus
- University Presbyterian Church
- VA Western New York Healthcare System at Buffalo
- "Buffalo Art In Transit," Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, c. 1986
- "South Campus Station," Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, c. 1986
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