From the 1973 Metro report: The third element of the Transit Development Program would be the backbone of the Niagara Frontier’s 1995 transit system --- a 46 mile rail rapid transit network known as the Metro. Phase 1, costing $241,339,000, encompasses the design and construction of the Blue Line from Cathedral Park to North Campus 1 – 10.7 miles. Of this cost, $2,049,000 is for the relocation of 99 families, 78 businesses and 2 others from the 130 structures (which must be purchased for the right-of-way) to suitable equivalent facilities. The transit system will be designed to enable use by the aged and the handicapped.
All stations except North Campus 1 will be tapped by bus routes, and 4,750 commuter parking spaces will be disturbed among Sweet Home, Maple, Sheridan, LaSalle and Meyer Hospital stations. Consultants recommended the line to be opened from North Campus 1 to South Campus in four years and to Cathedral Park in six years after start of design. Six-car trains will run every 2 minutes during peak hours.