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Transportation Innovation

Our district is a place of innovation, and we work with partners to utilize the area as a living laboratory to test new and emerging transportation services, technology, and programs focused on creating sustainable communities.

Current

Complete Trip Deployment Project

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has selected the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BMNC) as one of five U.S. locations to pilot the Complete Trip – ITS4US Deployment Program. This program challenges communities to identify ways to provide more efficient, affordable, and accessible transportation options for underserved populations that often face greater challenges in accessing essential services.

The Complete Trip-ITS4US deployment in Buffalo is a partnership between the BNMC, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), the University at Buffalo (UB), the City of Buffalo and other stakeholders. The deployment is structured in three phases with potential funding of $8.2 million. The team will develop an integrated suite of travel services that enables older adults and individuals with disabilities to make assisted, connected, and integrated trips without the need for a personal automobile to and from the Medical Campus. The deployment will fund the delivery of accessible trip planning applications combined with advanced indoor/outdoor wayfinding, first- and last-mile self-driving shuttle vehicles, and intersection pedestrian safety technologies especially for medical needs in the campus and its neighboring communities.

The award highlights the role of the BNMC as a regional innovation hub and its role as the convening organization for the numerous collaborations and partnerships that have brought about the energy and momentum that can be seen on the Campus today.

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Previous Research & Development Projects

2021

Electric Bikeshare Pilot

Lead: Shared Mobility, Inc.
Partners: BNMC; NYSERDA; NYSDOT

Launch of four e-bikeshare hubs, including on the medical campus, to assess operational needs and user behavior, including educational activities geared to users and municipalities interested in deploying these types of programs.

2019

University at Buffalo Automated Vehicle Pilot Program

Lead: University at Buffalo
Partners: BNMC; NYSERDA; NYSDOT

Deployment of automated shuttles and cars on UB’s North Campus, and creation of a feasibility study on how a shuttle system could work on the medical campus.

2019

Middle Main Smart Corridor Plan

Lead: BNMC
Partners: NYSERDA; NYSDOT; National Grid; City of Buffalo; GBNRTC; NITTEC

Development of recommendations to pilot smart infrastructure technologies to improve multi-modal traffic efficiency and safety as part of the Middle Main Street Reconstruction Project.

2017

GO Buffalo Niagara Expansion Plan

Lead: GBNRTC
Partners: BNMC; NYSERDA; NYSDOT; GOBike

Development of a business plan for the expansion of GO Buffalo Niagara into areas outside of the medical campus.

2016

Fruit Belt Neighborhood Parking Permit Study

Lead: BNMC
Partners: NYSERDA; NYSDOT, City of Buffalo; Fruit Belt Coalition

Development of active parking management recommendations to reduce on-street parking impacts in the adjacent Fruit Belt neighborhood, concluding with Buffalo’s first residential parking permit program.

2016

EV Carshare Pilot

Lead: Shared Mobility, Inc. (formerly Buffalo Carshare)
Partners: BNMC, NYSERDA; NYSDOT

Pilot of electric vehicle carsharing with hub on the medical campus to better understand energy efficiency opportunities, and management and operational needs and opportunities.

2014

Smart Card Integrated Transportation System Study

Lead: BNMC
Partners: NYSERDA; NYSDOT; NFTA; REDDY Bikeshare; GBNRTC; UB

Development of a feasibility study to provide users with one access card and one account management system that gives them access to and allows them to pay for a wide array of transportation services.

Buffalo Bikeshare Pilot

Lead: Shared Mobility, Inc. (formerly Buffalo Carshare)
Partners: BNMC; UB; NYSERDA; NYSDOT

Development of nation’s first dockless bikesharing program, with a deployment focus on the medical campus. The program led to the creation of REDDY Bikeshare.

2013

GO BNMC Transportation Demand Management Pilot

Lead: BNMC
Major Partners: NYSERDA; NYSDOT, City of Buffalo, NFTA, GBNRTC

Establishment of a BNMC Transportation Management Association and implementation of TDM strategies to increase the use of alternative transportation options and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

2012

GO Buffalo Community Transportation Pilot

Lead: BNMC
Partners: US FTA; GObike; Shared Mobility Inc. (formerly Buffalo CarShare)

Deployment of transportation demand management strategies on and around the medical campus to improve access to alternative transportation options and career opportunities on the medical campus. Led to the creation of GO Buffalo Niagara.

2011

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Deployment

Lead: BNMC
Partners: National Grid, AAA of WNY; US DOE

Installation of 21 EV charging stations on the medical campus, some of the first in the region.