Infrastructure Tourism: Buffalo Metro Rail

Join us for an afternoon of riding the train—for fun! Transit enthusiast William Vogel takes you on a tour of Buffalo’s very own Metro Rail, our 6.4-mile light rail built in the 1980s and operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA). We will view the system’s extensive collection of public art, explore the under-appreciated architecture of its stations, and learn about its fascinating and sometimes misunderstood history.

This tour takes place mostly indoors. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress accordingly as it can get cool underground.

If you have a disability or need any accommodations, please contact us before the tour date. Metro Rail is wheelchair accessible, but some elevators and escalators are currently under repair.

Event details

The tour is FREE with registration; donations are welcome.


You will also need $5 CASH to buy a Metro Day Pass.

Tour meets at 1pm at Metro Rail University Station, on the concourse level near the ticket machines. Tour length is approximately three hours.

By transit: University Station is served by NFTA Metro Bus routes 5, 8, 12, 13, 19, 34, 44, 47, 48, 49, and, you guessed it, Metro Rail.

By car: University Station is located at 3435 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14214. FREE Park & Ride is available.

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