The Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Steuben Southern Tier Extension
Railroad Authority, more commonly known as the Southern Tier Extension
Railroad Authority or STERA, is a local public authority created by the NYS
Legislature in response to home rule requests in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus,
Allegany, and Steuben Counties of NYS.
Please visit the "ABOUT STERA" pages on this web site to learn more about
STERA's creation, mission, history, and ongoing operations.
STERA is currently involved with two railroad lines, which are called and
Southern Tier Extension and the Buffalo Line. These two lines
interconnect in Olean, NY.
The Southern Tier Extension is a 145-mile long rail line (formerly the
Erie-Lackawanna mainline) that runs between Corry, PA and Hornell, NY.
The Southern Tier Extension has interconnections with other rail lines at
each end. The Southern Tier Extension serves the cities of Jamestown,
Salamanca, Olean, and Hornell; the Village of Wellsville; and other small
towns along the line.
The Buffalo Line is a 40-mile long rail line that runs between Machias
Junction and Cattaraugus County, NY and the PA state line at Portville, NY.
The Buffalo Line also has interconnections with other rail lines at each
end. The Buffalo line serves the City of Olean and other villages and
towns along the line in NY and PA.
STERA works in conjunction with its members counties, NYS DOT, Norfolk
Southern Corp. and the WNY and PA Railroad LLC to promote rail service on
these two lines and try to promote economic development by improving the
efficiency of freight shipping in southwestern NYS and PA.