Utica station (Buffalo Metro Rail)

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Utica
Buffalo Metro Rail station
Utica Station - June 2015.jpg
Utica station's outbound platform, with the inbound platform in the background
Location1375 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14209
Coordinates42°54′41″N 78°51′57″W / 42.911272°N 78.865893°W / 42.911272; -78.865893
Owned byNiagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeUnderground
Depth40 feet (12 m)
Other information
Fare zonePaid fare
History
OpenedMay 20, 1985
Traffic
Passengers (2017)439,865[1]
Services
Preceding station   NFTA   Following station
Metro Rail
toward University

Utica is a Buffalo Metro Rail station located at the corner of Main and East Utica Streets.

Bus routes[edit]

Utica is one of four stations that offers a bus loop, requiring passengers to board/debark using curbside stops (the other three being University, LaSalle and Delavan/Canisius College) and one of only two that has a driveway for bus lines that connect with Metro Rail (the other being Delavan/Canisius College). Route 8 buses heading toward Marine Drive do not board at the curb on the same side as the station, which is served by three bus routes:

Boarding from Bus Loop:

  • 12 Utica (outbound)
  • 13 Kensington (outbound)

Boarding on Main Street:

  • 8 Main

Boarding on East Utica Street:

  • 12 Utica (inbound)

Artwork[edit]

In 1979, an art selection committee was created, composed of NFTA commissioners and Buffalo area art experts, that would judge the artwork that would be displayed in and on the properties of eight stations on the Metro Rail line. Out of the 70 proposals submitted, 22 were chosen and are currently positioned inside and outside of the eight underground stations. Utica is home of three pieces of work, from Margie Hughto (Syracuse), George Smith (Houston) and Craig Langager (New York City). Margie Hughto offers a heavily glazed clay painting covering the interior wall of the concourse level and then descending to the lower level.

Notable places nearby[edit]

Utica Station is located near:

  • Brylin Hospital
  • Cold Spring Bus Garage
  • NFTA Transit Police headquarters

George Smith offers a large stainless steel sculpture based on the art and architecture of the Dogon people of Africa; when passing the sculpture, it appears to be in motion. The work of Craig Langager is very easy to recognize on the platforms at train level, his four figures, The Listener (with birds), The Portrait Maker (holding a mirror), The Stagehand (with weights and mask) and The Choreographer-Seneca Man (animal persona), are metal figures paired on either platform.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metro Rail Expansion Project Final Scoping Document" (PDF). May 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.

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