Utica (Metro Rail)
Buffalo Metro Rail station
Train entering Utica
|Address||1391 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14209
|Depth||40 feet (12 m)|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||May 20, 1985|
|Owned by||Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority|
|Fare zone||Paid fare|
Utica is a Buffalo Metro Rail station located at the corner of Main and East Utica Streets.
Bus routes serving Utica Station
Utica Station is one of only four stations that offers a bus loop, requiring passengers to board/debark using curbside stops (the other three being University Station, located 20,592 feet south, LaSalle Station, located 16,368 feet north and Delavan/Canisius College Station, located 4,752 feet south) and one of only two that has a driveway for bus lines that connect with Metro Rail (the other being Delavan/Canisius College Station). Route 8 buses heading toward Marine Drive do not board at the curb on the same side as the station, which is served by three bus routes:
Boarding from Bus Loop:
- 12 Utica (outbound)
- 13 Kensington (outbound)
Boarding on Main Street:
- 8 Main
Boarding on East Utica Street:
- 12 Utica (inbound)
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.
Utica Station is home of three pieces of work, from Margie Hughto (Syracuse), George Smith (Houston) and Craig Langager (New York City).
Margie Hughto offers a heavily glazed clay painting covering the interior wall of the concourse level and then descending to the lower level.
Notable places nearby
Utica Station is located near:
- Brylin Hospital
- Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo
- Cold Spring Bus Garage
- NFTA Transit Police headquarters
George Smith offers a large stainless steel sculpture based on the art and architecture of the Dogon people of Africa. When passing the sculpture, it appears to be in motion.
The work of Craig Langager is very easy to recognize on the platforms at train level. His four figures, The Listener (with birds), The Portrait Maker (holding a mirror), The Stagehand (with weights and mask) and The Choreographer-Seneca Man (animal persona), are metal figures paired on either platform.