For years, community support and federal funding have been the two most important commodities for Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT), especially when it comes to their plans for extending the light rail.

Thursday night, CRT will host their latest presentation on the extension plan, at 5:30 from the Merriweather Branch Library at Jefferson and East Utica.

The presentation will be hosted by Douglas Funke, President of CRT.

"We've got good support, but we need to get the funding to make it happen," said Funke prior to Thursday's meeting. "The real construction of the light rail system is very expensive. You need federal money, and you need to have the entire community behind it to do it. We've got a lot of that support already, and we just want to build more."

The top priority for the extension plan is to stretch the rail system into Amherst; after that, Funke says the next priority would be extending rail access to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, "tapping into the energy, investment, and positive development on Buffalo's East Side."

Thursday's event is free and open to the public.