A study published by the American Public Transportation Association suggests that Americans can save an average of nearly $10,000 a year by taking public transit instead of driving. Wow! Imagine saving that kind of money if you are a college student. And actually, college students are ideally situated to enjoy the benefits of public transportation because much of their activity stems from a centralized location. In addition to saving money on vehicle costs, studies have shown that students who use public transit generally manage their time better because they are used to abiding by transit schedules and develop enhanced time management skills. These skills can assist in school performance and overall professional success as well. Further, congestion, parking, and circulation problems are generally much lower at colleges that have a significant portion of students using public transit.
As part of its continuing efforts to meet the needs of the college community, NFTA Metro currently offers colleges the opportunity to participate in our College/University Transit Pass Program. The transit pass program provides all students of participating* colleges unlimited access to the Metro Bus and Rail system, seven days a week at a significantly discounted rate. Students of participating colleges can use their Metro transit passes to commute to school, work or anywhere Metro services without having to pay additional fees.
* Required minimum one-year contract.
On an annual basis Metro provides the administration at participating colleges with unlimited access transit passes for the entire undergraduate student body. The front of the passes are customized with a college logo, an individual student's photo with name and an expiration date. The back of the passes contain a magnetic strip that is encoded for authenticity. (Note: Each pass belongs to an individual student and are non-transferable). For students using Metro bus, they swipe their card in the farebox upon boarding and for those using Metro rail, they show it when asked by Metro personnel. Student college passes may be disabled on an individual basis if they are lost, stolen, used fraudulently or if the student withdraws from the college. Participating colleges are invoiced near the latter portion of each semester based on the appropriate enrollment data.
NFTA Metro operates within Erie and Niagara Counties. It currently has over 300 buses in its regular fleet, 94 of which are equipped with hybrid technology. Metro also operates a 6.4 mile light rail system that runs from University Station (UB South) to Events Station (near First Niagara Center) and manages 18 park and ride lots. So, getting somewhere locally using Metro is almost always an option.
CRAM Frequently Asked Questions
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Most parochial, private, alternative and Charter Schools will open on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Buffalo Schools will open on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Transportation Passes for the 2018-2019 school term will be issued to students on the first day of school, however, students are permitted to ride Metro buses/trains when traveling to and from school without payment of fare or display of transportation passes during their first partial week of September 6 and through September 12.
Transportation Passes will be honored from Monday through Friday on any regular school day until and including Wednesday, June 26, 2019, or as otherwise indicated. They will not be honored on certain holidays and notices will be posted on station bulletin boards notifying Operators and Fare Inspectors of such holidays.
Operators and Fare Inspectors are requested to use good judgment and courtesy in answering questions, which arise in the use of these passes. Students should be reminded that the conditions regarding use of the pass are printed on the back of the pass. At no time should ejection of a student put that student in peril.
Some students who have not been issued permanent Transportation Passes were issued a temporary “SEPT. ONLY” non-picture Student Pass, which were valid until Friday, September 28, 2018. The temporary “SEPT.ONLY” Student Pass had the name of the school attended indicated by an ink-stamp and the student’s name where displayed. These passes were printed on stiff paper.
Operators, Fare Inspectors and Transit Police must insure that proper fares are being paid and/or proper passes are being used on all school service.
Eligible students who live within the City of Buffalo and attend a Buffalo Public High School are issued a white plastic card with black lettering on a Blue Trim with a computer-generated image of the student printed on it entitled “BCSD Bus Pass 18/19”.
Students should be encouraged to board the Special Trippers in front of the school for their ride home. Students may use any Special Tripper regardless of route designation on the Student’s Pass.
Eligible students who attend a Buffalo Public High School are issued a white plastic card with black lettering with a Red Trim with a computer-generated image of the student printed on it entitled “BCSD Bus Pass 18/19”. ADDITIONALLY, the preferred routing for each student will be printed on the pass in black lettering. The pass is only valid on those routings for PM trips, however, students may use regular service and PAY the appropriate boarding fare. When students are using Metro Rail, the first three letters of the valid rail stations will also be printed on the pass.
City students enrolled in special and/or work-study programs will be issued a Transportation Pass, which is designated as “Work Study”.
During the school year 2018-2019, the Buffalo Board of Education will be issuing, at their discretion, “Student One-Way Tickets” for student transportation. These tickets are purchased from Metro by the Board of Education and are used in lieu of tokens for students who are otherwise ineligible for a Transportation Pass but may require Bus/Rail transportation. Bus Operators are to register the one-way ticket by pressing key #9 (Student Pass). Conditions of Use for “Student One-Way Tickets” are as follows:
Fare Inspectors must check “Student One-Way Tickets” for valid school/date. After checking the pass for its accuracy, the “M” punch must be used to validate the pass with one punch for inbound trips or two punches for outbound trips.
The color of the ticket is BEIGE with black lettering. The school name and valid date are stamped in the lower right portion of the ticket
Bus Operators and Fare Inspectors will issue “Metro Fare Receipts” when Transportation Passes are confiscated. Metro Fare Receipt will be accepted by the Bus Operators in accordance with the instructions stated on the Notice regarding the same. Each time an Operator issues a “Metro Fare Receipt”, they must punch the following boxes: Emergency, Bus, Adult or Child, Time (current time rounded to the next hour), Month, and Date.
Operators must call the Controller each time a receipt is issued and recorded on the waybill under “remarks”.
The Company and the Buffalo Board of Education have jointly developed three seasonal “Extra-Curricular Activity Stickers” that will be in effect as follows:
FALL “Extra-Curricular Activity Sticker” will be valid from September 6, 2018 through November 2, 2018.
WINTER “Extra-Curricular Activity Pass” will be valid from November 3, 2014 through March 1, 2019
SPRING “Extra-Curricular Activity Pass will be valid from March 2, 2019 thru June 7, 2019
There will also be an “Out of District” sticker, which denotes a student who attends Buffalo Public Schools but may not live within the city limits. These students can board and de-board outside of the city limits.
Allows student to board and de-board outside of the city limits
During the school year 2018-2019, the Buffalo Board of Education will be issuing, at their discretion, “Saturday Activity Pass” for student transportation for ONE DAY on date punched. These Passes are provided by Metro for the Board of Education and are used in lieu of tokens for students who are otherwise ineligible for a Transportation Pass but may require Bus/Rail transportation. Bus Operators are to register the one-way ticket by pressing key #9 (Student Pass). Conditions of Use for “Student One-Way Pass” are as follows:
Fare Inspectors must check “Student Activity Pass” for valid school/date punch.
The color of the ticket is PINK with black lettering. The school name and valid date are stamped in the lower right portion of the ticket. A red serial number is printed in the upper right corner.
During the school year 2018-2019, the Buffalo Board of Education will be issuing, at their discretion, “Student Day Pass” for student transportation for ONE DAY on date punched. The color of the ticket is White with black and white lettering. These passes are purchased from Metro by the Board of Education and are used in lieu of tokens for students. Bus Operators are to register the one-way ticket by pressing key #9 (Student Pass). Conditions of Use for “Student Day Pass” are as follows:
Fare Inspectors must check “Student Day Pass” for valid date punched.
The Company and the Director of the Buffalo Board of Education Security Officers have arranged for such Security Officers to ride Metro without payment of fare upon display of their valid identification cards.
The identification card has the Security Officer’s picture and bears the words BUFFALO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, the Security Officer’s name, department, title and expiration date.
Operators, Fare Inspectors and Transit Police Officers will allow passengers displaying valid identification cards to ride Metro without payment of fare between the hours of 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on any school day until and including Wednesday, June 26, 2019 or as otherwise indicated.
If a person other than the person to whom the card is issued displays one of the above cards, the card should be lifted, and/or the Controller notified at once and a Transportation Report concerning the incident filed upon the completion of work.