Cut and cover construction is done by digging a ditch and then covering it, creating a tunnel. This was done at the southern end of the tunnels due to the fact that the ground is much softer and the tunnels also would not have to be dug so deep. Cut and cover is of course cheaper and easier. At the northern end of the tunnel however, the earth becomes solid rock and had to be tunneled through using a huge machine that bored through the rock, all the way to the UB city campus. In fact the rock tunnel is actually two parallel tunnels, bored separately. I heard a story while I was working in the tunnels from a friend that when the construction of the rock tunnel was going on, they hit a huge rats nest and rats were running amuck throughout the city, in a panic. I'm not too sure if that story is true or not and I'm sure the egg-heads in charge at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority would not like that rumor to get out, seeing that people might think that there might still be rats in their subway tunnels and Lord knows we can't have that, but it's a funny story and I'm a funny guy and this is my web site, not theirs, so lighten up guys, will ya?
Now that I'm back on the subject of the egg-heads in charge at the Niagara
Frontier Transportation Authority being just a tad bit touchy about their
subway system, I'd like to share with you another reason why those paranoid
individuals wanted this web site removed
a little over a year ago. See that substance seeping out of the walls of
the tunnel? Well, in the old web site I described it as "See that substance
oozing out of the walls of the tunnel?" It was my use of the word "ooze"
that caused quite a stir, if you can believe that? In an inter-office memo
at the NFTA it was stated that the use of the word "ooze" might, if saw
by the general public on this web site, might be considered to be something
bad, or toxic and might make the general public leery of riding the Metro
Rail. Let me be the first one to tell everyone, I meant in no way to imply
that that stuff is toxic. In fact, I'm going to go as far as to say that
that stuff is actually sparking clean spring water. I drank some every
night and believe me when I say, I always had that silly nervous tick,
long before I ever worked in the tunnels.