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Seasonal Transportation Plan
Goal: To Expedite as efficiently and safely as possible, the movement of traffic within, through, or from the City and/or it's inner ringed suburb communities during potential or actual seasonal weather emergency conditions. The Inner ring communities include: the City of Lackawanna, and Towns of Tonawanda, West Seneca, Cheektowaga and Amherst.
Objective: To establish a plan with criteria which would minimize major traffic problems during seasonal weather conditions, in the City of Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs. The objective would be reached by having all major employers and municipalities voluntarily participating in the Program.
Purpose: To provide for the public safety, meet the Transportation needs of the City of Buffalo and surrounding suburbs despite the adverse seasonal weather conditions. To identify potential weather conditions before they cause serious traffic problems, and threaten public safety.
Information will be given to the following for a decision to enact the plan
Roger Lander/or designee – Phone #: 851-6510
County of Erie Emergency Services Department
Agencies that should provide additional information to enact plan
Recommended Plan Options
Major employers, both public and private, will be asked to participate in this plan. If this plan requires an early release, voluntary compliance with the following two steps will need to be followed.
Step I of the early release part of this plan
Step II of the early release part of this plan for Participating employers
The Mayor of the City of Buffalo and/or Erie County Executive, upon receipt of adequate information, will implement the plan.
The City of Buffalo Disaster Office and/or Erie County Emergency Services will notify NITTEC and/or MERS to make the notifications to the media and other agencies
Media to be contacted:
WIVB-TV (Channel 4)
WKBW-TV (Channel 7)
WBEN (930), WGR (550), WBFO, WBLK, WJYE, , WNED, WYRK
Metro Networks & Associated Press
Dave Masi, NFTA Traffic Central
National Weather Service (EAS Activation)
The Agencies/Private entities to be notified that the plan has been put into effect: (not necessarily in order)
Buffalo Fire Dispatch will contact: Police, Public Works (Streets), Municipal Housing Authority, Parking Enforcement, and Sewer Authority. Buffalo Place (Mon-Fri, 9 AM to 5 PM) à contact downtown building security personnel
MERS Control will contact: Emergency Services, Highway Dept., Sheriff Dept. and the Emergency Dispatch Centers for the Towns of Tonawanda, West Seneca, Cheektowaga, Amherst, and the City of Lackawanna.
New York State – Buildings Manager
The Following streets in the City of Buffalo have been identified as possible Emergency Evacuation Routes. In the event of an Emergency requiring access or egress to the City of Buffalo, these specific routes will be utilized and maintained to the best as conditions permit. At a later date they will be posted with signage, Evacuation Route.
South Park Avenue Genesee Street
Niagara Street Seneca Street
Elmwood Avenue Exchange Street
Delaware Avenue Main Street
Clinton Street William Street
Other Routes that may be utilized, if open and safe, to travel are:
Route 90 Route 190 Route 33 Route 5 Route 219 Route 400 Route 290 Route 990
The Seasonal Transportation Program relies on three parts to be effective:
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios