NFTA will offer free bus service on Saturdays to 7 parks in Western New York

The special service will begin this Saturday, June 18 and will continue until Saturday, August 13.

BUFFALO, NY – Visiting some of Western New York’s most popular parks is just a free bus ride away this summer.

Beginning this Saturday, June 18, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry and the State of New York are teaming up to offer free bus service to seven of the most popular parks.

The effort grew out of feedback from a 2021 bus network improvement student who showed a significant number of passengers were looking for direct service to local parks and beaches.

“We are thrilled to offer this innovative new program that our riders have been asking for,” said James Morrell, director of transit for NFTA-Metro. “Providing access to the finest parks and beaches in Western New York is important to our community and we are happy to make this possible.”

Service will begin this Saturday and every Saturday until August 6, with a possible catch-up day on Saturday August 13, departing from the downtown bus station at 181 Ellicott St.

The journey times are as follows:

Departure from downtown bus station: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:15 p.m.

Departure from the parks: 12 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4 p.m.

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

Click the link to learn more about the Parks Adventure Bus.

Melvin Z. Madore