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Scajaquada planning efforts to be discussed in Tuesday night virtual meeting

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An organization hoping to change transportation on and around the Scajaquada is hosting a virtual meeting Tuesday night to discuss mobility data that they analyzed and their planning for the future of the Scajaquada. The meeting will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Region Central will review the data they collected from plans, studies and designs previously made regarding the Scajaquada Corridor and 198, to identify opportunities to improve the expressway and area. Based on their research, they have found that the plans all differ in expressing what should be done to the Scajaquada.

Based on Regional Central’s Mobility Report, a few items they may touch upon in tonight’s meeting include multimodal transportation, the capacity of the Scajaquada, and the use of the Scajaquada.

Their research showed that over time, plans for the expressway have evolved as views of what should change have become more progressive. One of the key elements of their research is multimodal connectivity, which would encourage more bike lanes and wider sidewalks. However, there has not been much previous analysis of multimodal transportation being integrated into or connecting the Scajaquada Corridor.

Regional Central said in their report that there is no existing plan that recommends increasing or maintaining the existing road capacity of the Scajaquada.

Their report also shows that in the past 20 years, traffic volume has not increased significantly and recent travel speed reductions did not reduce the activity on the expressway.

Region Central says they aim to create a better future for those who live in the Buffalo or Niagara regions by developing new and improved mobility options within the Scajaquada Corridor.

Region Central reports that an estimated $90 to $100 million has been allocated for improvements to the Scajaquada Expressway. Region Central says they will focus on grant opportunities for transportation, shared mobility and mobility on demand, mobility and innovation, equity and resilience.

Going forward, Region Central plans to continue analyzing the Scajaquada and how it can be improved. To learn more, visit https://www.gbnrtc.org/regioncentral.