Go Buffalo Niagara Commuter Program

Overview

The GO Buffalo Niagara Commuter Program is committed to providing you with better transportation options beyond driving alone.

Go Buffalo Niagara is a key program of GObike that works to reduce the number of cars on the road and the problems they cause, including pollution, crashes, and valuable resources lost to parking. We are sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation and we serve commuters, residents, employers, businesses, developers, schools, and other institutions across Erie and Niagara Counties.

Access transportation options beyond driving alone

In our region, it’s not always easy to get places by biking, walking, transit, carpooling, and beyond, so we’re here to help. We provide a variety of online tools, including a rideshare portal to find carpools, bike buddies, and transit routes. If you can’t find what you need, we can give you personalized assistance over phone or email. In addition to helping individual commuters and residents, Go Buffalo Niagara provides free outreach and technical assistance to organizations to develop transportation solutions for employees, students, clients, visitors, and tenants.

Organizations dealing with limited parking, lack of transit service, or the need to attract and retain employees or tenants can stand out by providing great benefits while advancing organizational goals related to sustainability, wellness, and return on investment. For organizations seeking additional support, Go Buffalo Niagara offers fee-based planning services and business memberships that package together commuter benefits.

Meet some GO Getters

Here’s what folks are saying about switching their modes.

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I definitely saw an increase in co-workers ditching the car!

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What a wonderful program. It has caused me to rethink my commute so thank you for that. Those “little things” are incentives that really do work!

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I loved [the program]. I learned more about the bus system and am no longer worried about taking it.

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I switched from driving alone to rail/carpooling after giving transit a try.

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I’ve actually started walking to work and I love it. Big change in so many ways so thank you for introducing the firm to the program.

Meet some GO Getters

Here’s what folks are saying about switching their modes.

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I definitely saw an increase in co-workers ditching the car!

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What a wonderful program. It has caused me to rethink my commute so thank you for that. Those “little things” are incentives that really do work!

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I loved [the program]. I learned more about the bus system and am no longer worried about taking it.

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I switched from driving alone to rail/carpooling after giving transit a try.

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I’ve actually started walking to work and I love it. Big change in so many ways so thank you for introducing the firm to the program.

Become a member of Go Buffalo Niagara Rideshare

It’s free, and you can find carpools, bike buddies, transit routes, park & ride lots, and real-time travel conditions.

Environment

13,772 vehicle miles have been reduced, eliminating over 12,210 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and saving over $6,680 in household costs.

Active Members

There are over 2,800 active members of Go Buffalo Niagara Rideshare in the region.

Employer Assistance

Provided over 80 organizations with technical assistance.

History

Go Buffalo Niagara launched in 2016 as a pilot program of the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC), funded by a joint grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSDERDA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

During this pilot, Go Buffalo Niagara delivered regional outreach on active and shared transportation options to commuters, employers, and developers across Erie and Niagara Counties. Other outcomes of the pilot were a program business plan, a toolkit of corporate services and catalog, the formation of a downtown working group, and a three-month trial of commuter incentives in Downtown Buffalo. Local program partners assisting the GBNRTC were GObike Buffalo, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

In early 2018, Go Buffalo Niagara transitioned from the GBNRTC to GObike Buffalo in accordance with the recommendations of the program business plan. The program continued operations under the umbrella of the statewide initiative 511NY Rideshare, sponsored by NYSDOT. During this phase of the program, Go Buffalo Niagara continued has to deliver outreach while conducting research for NYSDOT on best practices for mobility programs in mid-sized urban areas across the country. In Fall 2020, the program will transition to a new and expanded phase at GObike thanks to funding from a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) grant. This grant provides GObike with additional staff capacity to conduct outreach through Go Buffalo Niagara, along with additional resources for marketing and commuter incentives.

Interested in transportation solutions for your workplace, school, or building?

Contact info@gobuffaloniagara.org or 716-218-7806.

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