Expanded Bus Service to the Medical Campus!

Good news!  As of September 1st, NFTA Metro Bus Routes 14 Abbott and 16 South Park are coming to the Medical Campus more frequently.

With bus stops at Ellicott and Goodell, Ellicott and N Oak, and Ellicott and Carlton, the 14 & 16 are great ways to get to work if you’re coming from the south, or to get to your southern destination if you live around the Medical Campus. See the new schedule.

Interested in trying it out? Employees can sign up for our Give Transit a Try Program to receive a month’s worth of free transit passes to see if it works for your commute. You can also download NFTA’s new Token Transit App which lets you pay for the bus ride on your mobile phone. Email us at gobnmc@bnmc.org with any questions!

Grand Opening of New Indoor Bike Parking

The team at BNMC, along with community partners, recently celebrated the grand opening of the new secure indoor bike parking at 854 Ellicott in conjunction with our annual Bike to Work Day breakfast celebration.

“We are proud to have built an active commuter-friendly culture on the Medical Campus,” said Matt Enstice, President & CEO, BNMC Inc. “We worked closely with our transportation partners to create the region’s first mobility hub here on the Medical Campus and we continue to improve our infrastructure and commuting options to ensure efficient, safe, and healthy ways for employees, patients, and visitors to access the Medical Campus.”

We have more than doubled the indoor bike parking available to employees who work on the Medical Campus, patients, and their families with the opening of new secure bike parking with lockers in the parking garage at 854 Ellicott, adjacent to Oishei Children’s Hospital, Buffalo General Medical Center, and the Gates Vascular Institute.

Sign up for secure bike parking through GObike Buffalo here.  Be sure to select BNMC Bike Parking Individual. 

There is space for 30 bikes in the new secure parking facility, an additional 36 spots for covered bike parking in the garage, and parking for 16 bikes right outside. In addition to 24 lockers for the cyclists to use, there is a bike vending machine stocked with bike-related amenities for commuters, including tubes, patch kits, and lights.

This adds to existing amenities, including the secure indoor bike parking with space for 15 bikes in a renovated shipping container and a bike fix-it station at the corner of Ellicott & Virginia Street that the BNMC Inc. installed in 2013. In addition, there are two Reddy Bikeshare stations with a total of 12 racks with bikes available for short term use, and free parking zone anywhere on the Medical Campus to allow users to park closer to their destination on any public rack or infrastructure without a fee.

The Medical Campus already has the densest bicycle parking in the City of Buffalo with 333 spaces (an increase of 100 spaces over last year) plus the secure bike parking. GObike Buffalo will manage the Campus-wide indoor parking as part of its longtime partnership with the BNMC.

The BNMC Inc. is the region’s leader in enhancing and marketing alternative commuting options to employees in its geography and has created the region’s first mobility hub on the Medical Campus. In addition to improving amenities for cyclists, the BNMC Inc. also works closely with the NFTA to increase service options, including extending bus lines to come into the Medical Campus. The organization also helped to design and implement the NFTA’s Corporate Pass Program, to incentivize more employees to take Metro Bus and Rail to work.

“As part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, we’re thrilled at this initiative that promotes a safe and easy way for our employees to bike to work,” said Allegra Jaros, President at Oishei Children’s Hospital. “Increased secure bike parking for Kaleida Health employees and our patient families will hopefully create more bike commuters on the medical campus throughout the community.”

“Commuting by bicycle is an efficient, healthy, and community-minded way to get to work. Safe and secure bike parking at the workplace encourages more people to bicycle to work, so we’re pleased to operate BNMC’s bike parking facility as part of our citywide initiative, GO Buffalo Niagara, to help downtown commuters use means other than driving alone to get to work.” Justin Booth, executive director of GObike Buffalo.

“Reddy Bikeshare is proud to celebrate Bike to Work Day once again with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus”, said Jennifer White, marketing and communications executive for Reddy Bikeshare. “Campus employees have really embraced the use of Reddy bikes to get to and from work, to go to lunch, and to incorporate some activity into their day. It’s great to work with like-minded partners who encourage people to choose healthier, greener options.”

Give Transit a Try for Free this Summer!

The BNMC is offering employees who work on the Medical Campus the chance to try transit for free, using either NFTA Metro Bus or Rail to get to work during the month of June, July, or August. With two train stations and multiple bus routes directly serving the Medical Campus, transit is a great way to get to work. If you are interested in giving transit a try, please fill out this short survey and we will be back in touch with you via email soon.
Eligible participants are employees who work on the Medical Campus and currently have a parking permit for the parking lot at 589 Ellicott or the garages at 134 High Street or 854 Ellicott.
You will have the option to hold and not pay for your parking pass during the month you are participating in Give Transit a Try. You will also be signed up for our Guaranteed Ride Home program (one free Liberty Cab, Lyft, or Uber ride if needed during the month) and our parking validation program (2 free parks per month) as back-up options during your transit trial.
We will be using the NFTA’s new Token Transit app system, so you must be willing and able to download the app on your smartphone.
Thank you, and please email us at gobnmc@bnmc.org with any questions.

GOBNMC 101: So Many Ways to Get to Work on the Medical Campus!

For people who work on the Medical Campus, there are plenty of ways to commute to work that are healthy, have less impact on the environment, and save you money!

The BNMC team coordinates the planning, development, and management of a multi-modal transportation system that provides safe and efficient access to the Campus, strives toward world-class customer service, enhances transportation options for the overall community, and supports an urban, walkable environment.

What does that mean to you, someone who is just trying to get to work, you ask?

Essentially it means that we want to create a healthier community while ensuring easy access for patients, employees & visitors to destinations on the Medical Campus. To do that, we work with many partners to continue to grow and improve the many transportation and commuting options. Sign up for any of our transportation programs at GoBNMC.org to discover your options and savings! 

Commuting Options & GoBNMC Perks:

  • Public Transit: The newly renovated Allen Street/Medical Campus Subway station is located right on Campus inside the new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The NFTA has also extended bus routes from the Southtowns to the Medical Campus with pick-up and drop-off locations at Carlton and Ellicott streets. Ask your employer about the BNMC corporate subsidy of at least $20 for monthly metro passes and pre-tax savings for transit to make it even more economical.
  • Carpool: If driving with one or more colleagues, you can take advantage of preferred parking spaces and a carpooling pass that allows you to split the cost of parking with up to four people. Pre-tax payroll deductions may make this even cheaper.
  • Bike: We more than doubled the number of bike racks across the Medical Campus in 2018 and we are creating additional secure bike storage with 24/7 member-only access in the new garage at 854 Ellicott and it’s at the corner of Ellicott and Virginia and soon to be open in the new garage at 854 Ellicott. Once the weather breaks (for good!) the Reddy Bike team will get the bike share program back in action. Stay tuned for the free annual membership code (available to everyone who works on the Medical Campus).
  • Need a ride after getting to the Medical Campus without a car? Take advantage of the Zipcar carshare program to use a vehicle for a flat rate (includes gas & insurance). Free membership and discounted rates are available for Medical Campus employees. We also offer Guaranteed Rides Home through Lyft if something unexpected comes up and you need to be there quickly!
  • Walk: Enjoy the scenery and the health benefits by getting to Campus on your own two feet!

 

Commute Perks with Go Buffalo Niagara

Your commute is important to you, and it’s important to us! Through the rest of 2018, our partner Go Buffalo Niagara is offering special perks when you use their commute tools or share them with a friend.

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Get $10 when you track at least 10 trips through the rest of the year using the 511NY Rideshare trip tracker. You can track your trips on the the mobile app, or in your web browser when you log in to the portal!

Get $10 when you refer a friend to the BNMC’s rideshare portal and they sign up! If they’re not on the BNMC, they can use the regional Go Buffalo Niagara rideshare portal. Just send the name of the friend you referred to info@gobuffaloniagara.org. You will receive your reward once they sign up.

Want some customized help with your commute?

Find a rideshare, bike buddy, or transit route with some customized help from Go Buffalo Niagara. Send an email to info@gobuffaloniagara.org or call 716-218-7806.

Give Transit a Try On Us!

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is offering employees who work on the Medical Campus the chance to try using the bus or train to get to work for free during the month of November, December, or January. With two train stations and multiple bus routes directly serving the Medical Campus, transit is a great way to get to work.

If you are interested in giving transit a try, please fill out this short survey. Eligible participants must work on the Medical Campus and not use public transportation as their primary commute mode. They must also put their parking pass on hold for the month in which they choose to try transit. Passes may be picked up at the front desk of the Innovation Center at 640 Ellicott Street between 8 am to 8 pm.

If you are new to public transit, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.The NFTA’s website is useful for schedule information.

UB Bikes to Work

Our friends at University at Buffalo have found bike culture on the rise on their north campus. Faculty, students and staff have made it their mission to become less reliant on cars.

Biking reduces your carbon footprint, gets you outdoors and is a chance to fit exercise into your daily routine.

Check out their great video below on biking to work:

 

Transit FAQ

New to transit and not quite sure how to navigate the train or bus system? Let us help you with some answers to your questions!

How reliable are the trains & buses?

Very! During the morning and evening commute time, trains run approximately every ten minutes. Bus times can vary so check metro.nfta.com for specific schedules. The NFTA has a number of commuting tools at http://metro.nfta.com/Routes/AppCenter.aspx to help you plan your ride!

Which station is closest to my house?

That depends on where you live! Visit www.gobnmc.org or call Thea at 716-218-7805 for help determining your quickest and easiest mode.

How crowded is the train? Will I be able to sit down?

Crowd density varies based on the time of day and when there is a major event downtown, however getting a seat on most rides is not a problem.

Is it safe?

Yes – NFTA Metro public safety patrol the trains and stations regularly.

Will I find a parking space easily at the Park & Ride?

Yes. There are two dedicated Park & Ride lots for transit at University and the LaSalle Station. Parking is easy and convenient. There are also a number of Park & Ride lots that serve bus routes and that can be found at metro.nfta.com. Up to two bikes are allowed on individual train cars and select buses if you want to avoid driving to a station. Passengers with bikes are asked to move to the front or back of the train and stay with the bike throughout the trip.  Bike racks are available for bus riders on select buses.

What about payment? Where do I put my ticket/pass?

If you’re commuting to work, take advantage of the NFTA’s new corporate pass program, which reduces the cost by at least $20. More information on that can be found here.

Individual transit tickets can be purchased at ticketing vending machines in all Metro stations and a standard ticket is $2 per ride. Cash or credit cards can be used at the vending machines and paper money, coins and fare cards can be used on buses. Exact fare is necessary for bus trips and payment is required upon boarding. Passes and individual tickets can also be purchased online at metro.nfta.com. You may or may not be asked for your ticket once on the train, but be advised that any passengers who do not have a ticket can be fined up to $30. More details on riding metro trains and buses available at metro.nfta.com.

NFTA and BNMC Collaborate to Extend Bus Routes Directly to the Medical Campus

Added stops provide convenience for Medical Campus employees, visitors and patients

BNMC and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) have announced the extension of two current bus routes that will drop and pick up riders directly on the Medical Campus Mondays through Fridays. Some trips for routes #14 Abbott and the #16 South Park, both traveling to and from South Buffalo, Lackawanna, Blasdell and Hamburg, will be extended to Carlton and Ellicott streets in the heart the Medical Campus beginning on June 19th. Both routes currently end at Mohawk and Ellicott Streets in downtown Buffalo.

The extended routes will allow riders from south of the city to access the Medical Campus without transferring to another bus, making the ride more convenient and direct. It will also allow those on and around the Medical Campus to directly access Solar City, ECC South, McKinley Mall and other points south of downtown. Park and ride lots at the beginning of both routes at McKinley Mall and at Erie Community College also offer access and convenience to the Medical Campus for residents in the Southtowns.

According to William Smith, Director of Access for the BNMC, Inc., “By partnering with the NFTA, we are finding new ways to provide more access to the Medical Campus without adding more cars to the neighborhood. This access, coupled with the Corporate Pass Program offered through the NFTA, will help to make the commute to the Medical Campus more convenient, affordable and healthy for all.”

The Corporate Pass Program offers Medical Campus employees, a discounted monthly transit pass for $55, a savings of $20 from NFTA monthly passes.  Employees can save even more because the passes are purchased with pre-tax dollar earnings.

Buffalo Common Council President and Ellicott District Common Council Member Darius G. Pridgen commented, “Since transportation can often be an impediment to jobs, we are delighted that commuters will have a more direct and convenient way to access jobs on the Medical Campus as well as to opportunities at Solar City and other employers south of the city.  These types of changes can have a big impact of residents’ lives.”

“The NFTA is thrilled to partner with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,” said Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director.  “We are tremendously proud to be able to support the BNMC by providing this enhanced bus service that will serve employees, patients and visitors of BNMC.”

Dump the Pump Day

On Thursday, June 15, Citizens for Regional Transit will be observing the 12th annual National Dump the Pump Day.

To spread information about public transit as well as other options such as biking, walking, and carpooling, CRT will join several local organizations in hosting Dump the Pump Day information tables:

  • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is at Allen/Medical Campus Station, 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., with coffee and street musicians
  • Go Buffalo-Niagara/the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council is at Lafayette Square Station, 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., with breakfast, literature, and stickers
  • GO bike Buffalo is at Hostel Buffalo Niagara, 667 Main Street, 7:00 – 10:00 a.m., on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, with breakfast followed by a ride
  • Citizens for Regional Transit is at Church Street Station, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., with literature and maps.

Stop by at any of these events for more information about transportation alternatives. Sign the pledge to dump the pump on June 15 and do good for the environment, your budget, personal health, schedule, and regional traffic: https://goo.gl/DDJDTA.