University (Metro Rail)


University (Metro Rail)

Infobox Station
name = University
type = Buffalo Metro Rail Station
style = NFTA


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address = Main St. near Niagara Falls Blvd.
coordinates = coord|42.954705|N|78.820556|W|type:railwaystation
line = rail color box|system=NFTA |line=Metro Rail
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structure = Underground
platform = High
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parking =
bicycle =
opened = 1985
closed =
rebuilt =
ADA =
owned = Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
zone = Paid fare
former = South Campus
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Previously known as "South Campus Station", University Station 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 operates as a major hub for Metro Rail, as well as the largest transfer point outside of Downtown Buffalo between buses.

In addition, this station offers a unique "Kiss and Ride" facility on the top level, above the ticket mezzazine. This allows drivers of passengers getting dropped off at the station to not add to the traffic congestion from buses already apparent at the station during rush-hour periods.

Also of note, a large park-and-ride facility is available using the entrance of the lot across the street from University Plaza. Many commuters from east and east of Buffalo take advantage of this lot, instead of driving to Downtown Buffalo.

Bus Connections

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

Like La Salle (Metro Rail), University Station has on site parking with 600 spaces, making this station an attractive location for commuters heading to their workplaces in Downtown Buffalo.

In addition, the station is a major transfer point for a number of city and suburban buses. These routes include:

* 8 Main
* 12B Utica
* 13 Kensington
* 19 Bailey
* 30 Kenmore - Airport
* 34 Niagara Falls Boulevard
* 44 Lockport
* 48 University
* 49 Hopkins

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 to the North Campus of the University at Buffalo. In addition, the University's Orange Line (South Campus Shuttle) can be boarded from the same loop area.

Points of Interest

University Station is located near:

* Grover Cleveland Golf Course
* Community of Eggertsville, Town of Amherst
* Niagara Falls Boulevard
* University Plaza
* University Heights Neighborhood
* University at Buffalo, South Campus
* University Presbyterian Church
* Veteran's Administration Hospital

Artwork

In 1979, an art selection committee was created, comprised 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 seventy proposals submitted, twenty-two were chosen and are currently positioned inside and outside of the eight underground stations."Buffalo Art In Transit", Niagara Frontier Transporation Authority, c. 1986]

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"."South Campus Station", Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, c. 1986]

Harvey Breverman's work is "a large triptych on a semi-circular wall at the 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"."South Campus Station", Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, c. 1986]

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"."South Campus Station", Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, c. 1986]

References

External links

* [http://www.fortunecity.com/oasis/acapulco/897/success.html Metro Rail Success]


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