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COVID-19: Transit, airport use tumbles in Buffalo & WNY

The numbers are in line with data Investigative Post first reported on that showed residents in Erie County had reduced their movements 40 to 55 percent.
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SkyView 2 captures near-empty highways in WNY as people stay home due to the COVID-19 crisis.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — As one might expect, the COVID-19 shutdown has dramatically cut the number of people traveling by air and public transit. Indeed, the numbers are stark.

Just a month ago, 6,000 to 7,000 passengers flew in and out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport each day. Now, it’s fewer than 1,000, according to figures provided by the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority. 

Ridership on NFTA buses and light-rail trains is also down, by around three-quarters. Train ridership has been especially hard hit, as downtown businesses and government buildings have shut down to all but essential employees and officials have discouraged in-person interactions with clients.

Accurate numbers on car and truck traffic are tougher to come by, but Thruway traffic statewide has dropped by more than one-third. 

For more on this story, please visit the Investigative Post website.