With so many great shows, concerts, and events happening in Buffalo and Western New York this summer, some people might be concerned about how they are going to get around.

Thanks to a recent announcement from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, getting around the 716 just got a little bit easier.

In partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Prevention, and the Erie County Parks Department, the NFTA is offering free bus service to seven (7) of the most popular parks in Western New York on Saturdays.

The Summer Saturday Destination program kicked off in June and will run until Saturday, August 13, 2022, and is extending free service throughout the area to some great locations in the Buffalo area.

We are thrilled to offer this innovative new program that our riders requested... Providing access to Western New York’s most beautiful parks and beaches is important for our community and we are happy to make this possible.
-James Morrell, Director of Public Transit with NFTA-Metro

In 2021, NFTA surveyed riders and received a lot of feedback that lead to the creation of this new program.

The new program will provide the bus service from the downtown Buffalo Metropolitan Transportation Center on Ellicott Street and buses will run to the following locations:

  • Knox Farm State Park
  • Chestnut Ridge Park
  • Fort Niagara State Park
  • Como Lake Park
  • Beaver Island State Park
  • Akron Falls Park
  • Evangola State Park

Buses will leave from the transit center at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:45 pm going to each park, and buses are scheduled to return at 12 pm-noon, 2:15 pm, and 4 pm.

You can find more information about this free bus service on the NFTA website here.

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