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Downtown Metro Rail expansion being considered

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Area residents may, in future years, see an expanded Metro Rail system around the Cobblestone District and Canalside areas. Planners are discussing a three to five year project to expand public transit.Two plans to expand the line are being eyed. The NFTA could extend the Metro Rail either along South Park or through the DL&W Terminal. The price tag would be many millions of dollars.

"I think that's a great idea. Anything that brings people downtown is an advantage to Buffalo's rebirth," said  Bill Addlesburger of Orchard Park ,who supports the plan.

But Ali McCoy of Buffalo thinks planners must get their priorities straight.

"I think it's crazy. It's a waste of money. It doesn't make sense if there's nobody here to enjoy it. I think they should pave the roads and do things that really need to be done, mostly on the East side," she said while walking along the corridor Friday..

Supporters of the extension believe it is needed to spur further growth at Canalside and the Cobblestone District. There is also talk of possibly putting a new football stadium for the Buffalo Bills downtown.