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April 24, 2017 Buffalo Airport Wins its 10th Balchen/Post Award at the International Aviation Snow Symposium
Honor Announced Today at Opening of Symposium in Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the Buffalo Niagara International Airport has received a remarkable 10th Balchen/Post award for excellence at the 51st Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium.

The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives recognized the BNIA's snow removal team today for outstanding performance this past winter with a Balchen/Post Award. The Buffalo Airport’s crew kept runways operational day and night, despite snow, ice and bitter cold. The airport was last honored in 2015, and this is the 10th time it has been honored in the 41-year history of the award. Buffalo won in the medium-size airport classification.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, said, "The men and women in our airfield crews respond at any hour, in the worst of weather conditions. They do their jobs so well most people never know they did their jobs at all, which makes this recognition very special."

Nominations for the Balchen/Post awards come from a variety of aviation professions, including airline executives, pilots, and ground transportation operators. The nominations are sorted by an independent selection committee. Categories are set by airport size, as determined by the number of flights in and out of the airport per year. The committee then bestows awards based a crew's ability to keep the airport runways free of ice and snow, snow removal plans, the size of area to be cleared, equipment readiness, personnel training and overall safety awareness.

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March 31, 2017 Allen Medical Campus Metro Rail Station to Close Nightly

Buffalo, NY...

The Allen Medical Campus Metro Rail Station will be closing nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Sunday, April 2 through Thursday, April 13, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today.

The closing is necessitated so that work can be completed on the installation of glass partitions between the handrails and the steps inside the station that is part of an overall $4.4 million restoration project at the rail station.

Rail customers are encouraged to take an 8 Main Metro bus or to use the Summer Best Station during this period.

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Mar. 23, 2017
Jump Start Your Career with a Job at Metro Bus

Openings for Body Shop, Building Maintenance, Electricians, Garage Mechanics and Electronic Technicians

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announce that Metro Bus is currently looking for qualified applicants seeking steady employment, good starting pay, guaranteed increases, a comprehensive benefit package and a clean, safe work environment.

Interested individuals may download an application at nfta.com or stop in during a special Open House, Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Metro's Cold Spring Bus Maintenance Office, 2nd floor at 1581 Michigan Avenue.

Comprehensive Skills Tests will be administered promptly at noon for interested applicants.

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Jan. 25, 2017
Niagara Falls International Airport Has Record 2016
Airport Sets Record for Third Consecutive Year 241,374 Passengers Use NFIA in 2016

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that for the third consecutive year the Niagara Falls International Airport has set an enplanement record for outbound passengers for a one-year period.

For just the third time in its 89-year history, the outbound passenger count surpassed 100,000 enplanements in one calendar year. 2016 saw the number rise to 122,652, from 118,154, an increase of 3.8 percent over 2015, which was a record year. In total, 241,374 (outbound & inbound) passengers utilized the NFIA during 2016.

Kimberley A. Minkel NFTA Executive Director said, "We continue to be pleased with the year-over-year growth at the Niagara Falls International Airport. To have record passenger totals for a third year in a row, especially in the face of a depressed Canadian dollar, speaks to the continued potential of the airport going forward."

In spite of the devalued Canadian dollar, the airport continues to be popular with Canadians, who accounted for approximately 78 percent of the passenger count in 2016.

The airport is served by Spirit and Allegiant airlines carrying passengers to warm weather destinations via seasonal flights. In 2016, Allegiant carried 68,341 outbound passengers to Orlando/Sanford, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg and Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, while Spirit carried 54,311 passengers to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Myrtle Beach.

Flight and airline information can be found online at nigarafallsairport.com.

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Jan. 17, 2017
Lackawanna Community Conversation to be Held

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro officials will conduct a "public conversation" regarding bus service in the city of Lackawanna Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Willie Cotton Center, 52 Gates Ave, Lackawanna, NY.

The purpose of the meeting is to have a general community conversation about on-going transit initiatives and the transportation needs with local residents.

The meeting is accessible by using Route 36.

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Dec. 29, 2016
Metro Rail to Extend Service for New Year’s Eve Celebration

Additional Bus Service to be Added

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will extend service Saturday, Dec. 31, to accommodate passengers attending the Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop at Roosevelt Square, activities at Canalside and the First Night Buffalo celebration and additional Metro bus service will be added to six routes.

Train service will run continuously, making stops at all stations during the extended service period at 20 minute intervals. One exception to the schedule will be the 11:50 p.m. trip on New Year's Eve from University Station will be moved up to 11:40 p.m., to transport people downtown in advance of the ball drop.

The last outbound train is scheduled to leave Erie Canal Harbor Station at 2 a.m., New Year's Day following the events, with the last inbound train leaving University Station at 2:30 a.m.

Additional one trip Metro bus service will operate from the starting point of the route, leaving at 12:40 a.m. for the #4 Broadway (Carolina & Busti), #5 Niagara-Kenmore (MTC), #12 Utica (Utica Rail Station - Outbound), #14 Abbott (Mohawk & Washington), #20 Elmwood (MTC) and #24 Genesee (Amtrak Station.)

Due to safety concerns resulting for congestion around Roosevelt Square, inbound train service will be suspended after the 11:40 p.m. departure until 12:35 a.m. Outbound service will be suspended from 11:20 p.m. until 12:20 a.m.

All Metro bus and rail schedules are available at nfta.com/metro.

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Nov. 2, 2016
Videophones in Place at the Buffalo Airport

Buffalo, NY...

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is now equipped with two Videophone units to serve hearing impaired and speech-disabled travelers. One unit is located on the arrival level (lower level) at the east end and the other is located on the departure level (upper level) post security, in the observation area just past the security checkpoint. The service, which employs televisions and high-speed Internet connections, is free and will be available at all times.

A videophone is a device that hearing impaired or speech-disabled people can use to communicate visually with another hearing impaired person or with a hearing person via an interpreter-assisted Video Relay Service. The benefits to having a Videophone in place are that hearing impaired persons have equal access to phone services, without having to depend on someone for assistance.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "The Videophones replace older TTY/Relay phone units with new, modern technology that enhances the communication experience and creates an improved level of independence for our hearing impaired customers."

The project was a joint effort between the airport; the NFTA’s Advisory Committee on the Disabled and the Buffalo Civic Association of the Deaf.

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Aug. 18, 2016
Metro Receives Top Ten Ranking Among Mid-Sized Cities for Public Transit Options

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro Bus and Rail has been cited as the ninth most effective public transit system among mid-cities in the U.S. for transportation viability according to a recently released study.

The study done by Walk Score, a Redfin company, created the Transit Score to rate locations and cities by the effectiveness their public transportation provides their community. Redfin, an online real estate agency that buys and sells homes nationwide; released rankings for cities with populations between 100,000 and 300,000 to rate the "usefulness of their public transportation options."

Metro received a Transit Score of 50.4, which designates Buffalo as having 'good transit,' with many nearby public transportation options. Cambridge, MA was ranked first with a score of 72.3. The complete listing can be found here.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director commented, "This study validates the dedication that each and every Metro employee puts forth everyday on behalf of their customers. To be ranked ninth among all mid-size cities within the U.S. is very gratifying. We will not rest on our laurels and will continue working to improve our current position going forward."

"Although most Buffalonians don’t see themselves as living in a community that’s known for its public transportation, this ranking recognizes some important progress that’s been made toward making it easier and more convenient to live in and get around Buffalo," said Lesley Lannan, Redfin a real estate agent in Buffalo. "With the year-round popularity of Canalside along the waterfront, always-popular sporting and music events at the Arena and the growing number of restaurants and entertainment venues downtown, more folks from the northern suburbs and other parts of the city are relying on the convenience of Metro Rail and avoiding traffic congestion and parking hassles."

On average, Metro Bus provides service for 1.8 million people each month, while Metro Rail provides rides for 370,000 people each month. In 2015, Metro Bus and Rail provided service for 26.5 million customers.

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Aug. 26, 2016
Looking for a Job? Metro Has One for You . . . Now!

Buffalo, NY...

Metro Bus is looking for individuals seeking steady employment, along with a competitive wage and extensive benefits announced the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Metro is experiencing a large number of retirements, creating immediate openings for bus operators.

"If individuals are looking for a job that provides stability and longevity, with comprehensive benefits, which includes paid training, then we have a position for them right now," said, Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director.

OPEN HOUSE

Metro representatives will be present Tuesday, August 30, at Metro’s Frontier Station, 1000 Military Rd. Kenmore, NY from 4 to 7 p.m. to inform applicants about the comprehensive benefit package and job requirements.

Operator Requirements: Individuals must be 19 yrs. of age, possess a high school diploma or G.E.D., have a clean driver’s license and a minimum of a CDL B license or permit with passenger and airbrake endorsements. Full employment details can be found online at nfta.com. Metro provides paid CDL training along with paying associated CDL fees.

  • Benefits:
  • A benefits package includes:
  • Comprehensive health care package valued at $21,000 annually
  • Earn up to $21.59 per hour through a competitive earnings package, which includes longevity pay
  • Full paid vision and dental insurance
  • Life Insurance and a retirement plan
  • Uniform allowance
  • Paid vacation, personal days and sick days

A complete listing of available openings can be found online at nfta.com, along with a downloadable job application. Additionally, applicants who have questions can call the NFTA Human Resources department at 855-6500, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Aug. 24, 2016
Metro is Holding Public Hearings On Proposed New Fare Structure

Buffalo, NY...

The hearings will focus on modifications to the current fare structure that will let Metro take advantage of new technology and modernize the fare system.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 31 Niagara Falls City Hall in Council Chambers 745 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY
  • 5 p.m. One-on-one discussions
  • 6 p.m. Presentation & comment session
  • Thursday, Sept. 1 Buffalo & Erie County Library Auditorium
  • 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY
  • 5 p.m. One-on-one discussions
  • 6 p.m. Presentation & comment session
Metro will also consider comments or emails received no later than Sept. 9, 2016 will also be considered. Mail to NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, Attn: Service Planning Department or email to planning@nfta.com.

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Aug. 18, 2016
Metro Rail’s Allen Medical Campus Station to Close Nightly

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that beginning Monday, Aug. 22 and until the morning of Saturday Aug. 26, Mero Rail's Allen Medical Campus Station will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The station will be open during the day. Closings are related to construction of a new rail station and the University of Buffalo's on-going medical campus project on the same site.

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July 13, 2016
NEXUS Pass Sign Up at the Buffalo Airport

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that US Customs and Border Protection will be holding a NEXUS Pass Sign Up event at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport this August. Participants must be pre-registered online before July 24.

The NEXUS program allows travelers to proceed with little or no delay into Canada, and back to the US, through dedicated lanes. It makes border crossing much quicker and easier. NEXUS includes Global Entry, which is located at most major airports, TSA Pre-Check, and expedited processing for boaters. NEXUS members may cross the border on the Whirlpool Bridge in Niagara Falls, which is now NEXUS exclusive. NEXUS application fees are $50 for adults, children under the age of 18 are free. Once received, the cards are valid for five years at which time participants must renew their membership.

The Buffalo Airport NEXUS event will be held Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit buffaloairport.com.

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July 5, 2016
Metro Rail Using Single Track Starting Monday, July 11

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation authority announced today that Metro Rail will be using only one track beginning Monday, July 11, and through the rest of the summer. Both inbound and outbound service will run on the inbound (west-side) track between Allen Medical Campus and Humbolt Hospital Stations. All passengers traveling between these stations will need to board from the inbound platforms.

Metro apologizes for any inconvenience. Repairs made during this period are for the continued safety and efficiency of the rail system. Thank you for your continued patience.

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June 27, 2016
Metro Rail Allen Station Closed Tuesday, July 5

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro's Allen Medical Rail Station will close temporarily Tuesday, July 5, for one day only.

Construction of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will take place over the existing rail station rendering the station inoperable.

During this time, Metro will provide free shuttle service to and from the Summer Best Station, maintaining customer access to Allen Medical Campus Station. Shuttle times will coincide with the daily rail schedule. Passengers need to exit trains at Summer Best Station to utilize the shuttle service. Metro trains will be running with four cars at 15-minute intervals.

A map of the shuttle route and additional Metro information can be found at metro.nfta.com.

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June 27, 2016
Metro Presents Customer Appreciation Night at Coca Cola Field

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro Bus and Rail will hold its annual Customer Appreciation Night at Coca-Cola field, June 30, before the Buffalo Bisons take on the Scranton/WB Railriders at 7:05 p.m.

NFTA and Metro personnel will be on hand at the main entrance plaza an hour before the game to meet customers and game-goers, with give-a-ways (while supplies last.) Metro will have a trolley bus on hand, and a Metro Link vehicle. A Transit Authority Police K-9 Officer will also be on-site with one of the department's amazing service dogs.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "This event is about showing our appreciation to the many dedicated Metro customers. We work hard to provide a safe, convenient and economical service every day, but some days it is nice to go even further."

Tickets to the baseball game are available at a discounted rate of $2 per ticket to anyone who presents valid Metro fare at the box office (limit four tickets per person).

This program is part of an overall customer appreciation initiative to thank customers for being loyal riders of the Metro system and to help make others aware of Metro services.

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June 22, 2016
Community Thursdays at Utica Station

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that it will be hosting Community Thursdays at Utica Station, June 23 through August 25. These public outreach events will occur at Metro's Utica Station every Thursday beginning at 8:00 a.m.

These events will offer customers the opportunity to meet and greet representatives from various local organizations. At the kick-off event on June 23, tables will be set up by the Witness Project, Parent Network of WNY, Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Jericho Road Community Health Center, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, Rite Aid, Housing Opportunities Made Equal and True Bethel.

NFTA personnel will be on hand with employment information and Metro staff, will offer customers spins at the Metro prize wheel, with chances to win Tim Hortons coffee cards, Buffalo Zoo passes, Metro Monthly Passes, merchandise and more.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "Community is the heart of any transit system. Thursdays at Utica gives us another meaningful way to serve this neighborhood."

Future Thursday events may include some local entertainment as well as a farmer's market. To find out more go to NFTA.com

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June 15, 2016
June Board Meeting Cancelled

Buffalo, NY...

Please be advised that the June 23rd meeting of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Board of Commissioners has been cancelled. The board will reconvene Thursday, July 28, 2016, the date of their next regularly scheduled meeting.

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June 15, 2016
Dump the Pump Day

Buffalo, NY...

The 11th Annual Dump the Pump Day is Thursday, June 16. This year Metro Bus and Rail is joining the national event by turning its headlights on key locations in the region. Metro is offering free parking and free rides from:

  • LaSalle Station Park & Ride, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
  • Athol Springs Park & Ride, 6 - 8 a.m.
  • Appletree Park & Ride, 7 - 8 a.m.
  • Niagara Falls Transportation Center, 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Metro also has some other surprises instore for people who come out and see just how easy taking the bus or rail can be.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "Metro bus and rail is a vital component of our community and this is a great opportunity to show it off. The locations we have selected offer commuters the chance to see they do not need a car every day. They can help the environment, save money and still get everywhere they need to go."

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, Dump the Pump Day is a call to action to encourage people to ride public transportation, thus reducing the consumption of gasoline and reducing their carbon footprint. For more information on Metro Bus and rail, visit nfta.com

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May 13, 2016
FREE Metro Trolley Service Will be Offered to Hotel and Motel Guest

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro will once again provide complementary trolley service to guests staying at participating Niagara Falls motels and hotels beginning Friday, May 13. Metro's Niagara Falls Trolley (formerly Route 55T) buses will serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

Service will operate May 13 - 22 and Oct. 7-30, Friday through Sunday, and May 27 – Oct. 2 every day. The service, which is designated as the "Red Route," will operate from 9 a.m. until midnight and on all holidays.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "We are once again delighted to be collaborating with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and the Niagara Falls Hotel Association to offer FREE, convenient, energy-efficient Metro transportation to visitors within Niagara Falls. Further, we are excited about the new connectivity of services between the Discover Niagara Shuttle and the Niagara Falls Scenic Trolley this year. Through this united effort we will be better able to enhance the overall experience for people visiting the great City of Niagara Falls."

Patrons receive their FREE trolley day passes upon request at participating hotels and motels. The trolley pass, supported by the local Niagara Falls bed tax, allows pass holders FREE access to the trolley service and the entire Metro Bus and Rail system in Niagara and Erie counties. Passes must be validated in Niagara County and may be used anytime on the date the pass is punched by the Metro operator.

Individuals without a trolley day pass may ride the service by paying Metro's regular adult fare of $2, $1 for children (5-11 yrs.), seniors (65 yrs. and over), disabled and Medicare clients with valid I.D. All other Metro passes are also valid. Children four and under ride free, limit three children per fare paying adult.

Red Niagara Falls Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley. In downtown Niagara Falls, trolley stops are located at The Aquarium of Niagara Falls, the Seneca Niagara Casino, and the Niagara Falls Visitors Center. Service will also be provided to hotels and shops along Third Street, Rainbow Blvd. and Buffalo Avenue.

In addition, stops are located along Pine Avenue, at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, several motels along Niagara Falls Boulevard and Little Italy. All Metro route maps, service updates and schedules can be found online at nfta.com/metro, including trolley maps and schedules.

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April 19, 2016
Metro Bus to Serve New Walmart in Cheektowaga

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has announced service to the new Walmart store in Cheektowaga. With a Metro Bus stop directly on Walmart property, bus passengers will not have to cross Walden Avenue to shop.

Kimberley Minkel, executive director, NFTA said, "We are very pleased that Walmart, the Town of Cheektowaga and the NFTA came together to provide a safe and effective solution for the many workers and customers who use public transportation."

Metro Bus Route 46 will stop at Walmart several times a day, seven days a week. The Metro Bus stop is located conveniently on site. Walmart is constructing a bus shelter to further convenience transit users and plans to have it completed in June of this year.

Route 46, and all Metro maps and schedules, can be found online at nfta.com

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Feb. 26, 2016
Special Lounge for Military to be Established at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that they have signed an agreement with WNY Freedom Lounge, Inc. to establish a Military Lounge at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport for use by military personnel.

Transitioning military personnel frequently use the BNIA as they await connecting flights. The 495 square foot facility located on the east side of the baggage claim area on the lower level will provide private, comfortable space for military personnel to rest and recreate as they await their connections.

William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation said, "This private area is a perfect way to show our collective appreciation to the men and women in the military how grateful we are for their service to our country. We are pleased to do all we can to make their time in our airport as personal and comfortable as possible."

Retired LTC Dan Walther, Chairman of WNY Freedom Lounge, Inc. said, "Our organization is very pleased to have the opportunity to establish this special space at the airport to accommodate our dedicated service members and veterans. I want to express our gratitude to the NFTA for their willingness to provide this private area for our military personnel using the airport."

WNY Freedom Lounge, Inc., is a NYS registered non-profit corporation, established to operate the WNY FREEDOM LOUNGE, at the BNIA. The lounge will be dedicated in the honor of all service members and veterans, who have made and continue to make our country a safe place to live.

The lounge will be staffed by local veterans, veteran organizations and military supporters. The space will provide service members and their families with a little touch of Western New York hospitality as they wait to depart the airport.

The lounge is expected to be fully operational in the next 60-90 days.

For more information about the WNY FREEDOM LOUNGE, or to make a donation to this project, contact the organization at wny.freedom.lounge@gmail.com.

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Feb. 26, 2016
Metro to Conduct Informational Meeting Regarding Colvin Route

Route Changes Being Made Due to Limited Bridge Clearance

Buffalo, NY...

Customers of Metro's 11 Colvin route are invited to attend an informational meeting Wednesday, March 2, in the Theatre at Nichols School, 1250 Amherst Street, Buffalo, to lean about upcoming service changes being made to the route the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today.

Metro officials will be present from 6:30 to 8 p.m., to address the need to modify the 11 Colvin bus route due to clearance restrictions with the Linden Avenue railroad bridge and their new Compressed Natural Gas and current hybrid buses, which require additional clearance height to travel under the bridge.

Due to safety concerns with the bridge, effective with the start of service Sunday, March 6, this route will no longer serve Amherst Street or Colvin Avenue south of Hertel Avenue.

Metro route maps and schedules can be found online at nfta.com.

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Jan. 11, 2016
Metro Introduces Natural Gas Operating Vehicles to its Fleet


Three Different Model CNG Vehicles Added to Metro's Fleet

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro is introducing compressed natural gas operating vehicles to its fleet, as the agency takes the initiative toward implementing a greener mode of public transportation.

Starting tomorrow, Metro will begin operating the first of 44 full-size buses, first of 10 paratransit vans and two MV-1 supervisor vehicles, all powered by clean burning, compressed natural gas. The new buses and vans will replace the oldest diesel vehicles currently in use.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, "I want to thank our federal and state delegations for their collective efforts in securing essential funds for these vehicles. This investment in New York's transportation infrastructure magnifies the ongoing synergy between public transit investment, job creation and economic growth in western New York and further enhances the current fiscal stability of the NFTA in the process."

The new 40-foot buses manufactured in Plattsburg, NY, by Nova Bus, feature modern interior design and lighting, an enhanced courtesy zone for boarding, increased window areas to maximize natural light, full stainless steel structure to provide industry leading safety and increased spacing to offer superior mobility device access.

"As a New York manufacturer of natural gas buses, we are very proud to support NFTA-Metro in achieving their Going Green initiative. NFTA's Nova Bus vehicles are a combination of modern design and high functionality providing the citizens of Buffalo Niagara the best in public transportation experience," said Rob Mowat, Vice President of Sales for Nova Bus.

Nineteen additional full size buses will be phased into service between now and February 1. The remainder of the 44 buses (24) are expected to be carrying customers throughout the region later this summer.

This investment also realizes additional benefits for all of New York State and the North Country in particular, since these buses were all manufactured at the Nova Bus facility in Plattsburg, NY. Procurement of these vehicles is supported by $3.8 million in new New York State Accelerated Transit Capital funding provided to the NFTA through the 2015-16 New York State budget.

The paratransit vans, manufactured in Canandaigua, NY, by Shepard Brothers, will be used to provide an average of 700 rides per day for the 5,945 approved registered customers with special needs who depend on Metro paratransit services for their transportation needs. Nine additional CNG fueled vans will be incorporated into operation by February 1.

"I'm proud that the bus Shepard Bros. distributes is built right here in western New York," said Shepard Bros. VP, TJ Shepard. "It's important to both of our companies that we provide a robust vehicle with industry leading quality and safety. We take a great deal of pride in providing the NFTA with a vehicle built in New York State and built to deliver a first class ride."

The two MV-1 supervisor vehicles represent a new addition to Metro's fleet. They will provide Metro field supervisors with the unique ability to transport a customer with a mobility challenge, or someone using a wheelchair. This is a new service that Metro will now be able to provide to its customers to further enhance its service capabilities.

Thomas George, NFTA director of public transit commented, "Compressed natural gas is the fuel of the future for our fleet of vehicles. It's affordable, plentiful, safe and made in the USA. CNG is an eco-friendly fuel that helps improve our air quality and will increase the overall efficiency of our fleet."

"This is an exciting time for Metro as we embark down the road of providing high-end, environmentally efficient CNG buses for our customers in the Buffalo Niagara region," added Minkel.

Compressed natural gas is an effective alternative fuel for public transportation. Safe, clean and affordable, CNG also provides some freedom from the diesel fuel market. Natural gas at Metro's fueling facility will be 99 percent American sourced. Through the course of their lives, these Metro's CNG buses will save the atmosphere from more than 1,300 tons of carbon.

Metro serves 95,000 customers each weekday, using 316 buses over 62 routes in Erie and Niagara counties, in addition to operating a 6.4 mile Light Rail system through the heart of Buffalo's Central Business District. Additional Metro Bus and Rail information can be found at online metro.nfta.com.

New CNG Fueling Station . . .
A $5.9 million state-of-the-art CNG fueling facility at Metro's Frontier Bus facility, 1000 Military Road, Buffalo, is in the commissioning phase and buses are presently being fueled as part of the process. The facility is expected to be fully operational January 25. The fueling station encompasses one and a half acres and features two 250-hp compressors, producing 700 standard cubic feet per minute that will serve four fuel dispensers. A twin tower dryer, control building, electric motor and control distribution wiring and control system are also part of the project. The functionality of the station will more than cover Metro's needs for the immediate future, but the facility can be expanded to meet new demands going forward.

Compressed Natural Gas . . .
CNG is a perfect fuel for Metro buses. It is safe, clean, affordable and American. Natural gas burns the best of all the fossil fuels, leaving mostly carbon dioxide and water behind, just like us. It produces less unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides and particulate matter than gasoline.

Although the price of natural gas does fluctuate, it is consistently below low sulfur diesel. As such, it provides the authority with much needed budget stability for a major commodity.

Natural gas has a number of safety advantages over diesel fuel. It is non-toxic, non-corrosive and will never contaminate ground or water. CNG is stored under high pressure but the range of flammability is much narrower than gasoline. CNG will not burn at concentrations below 5 percent or above about 15 percent when mixed with air. The flashpoint for gasoline is 250 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas the flashpoint for natural gas is 1100 degrees, making the risk of fire much lower. Natural gas is lighter than air and dissipates if leaked. The source of CNG is also important: 99 percent of the natural gas used by Metro will come from North America.

Funding Breakdown for 20 Nova Buses:

Federal Transit Administration $5,356,854
NYS DOT (10% match) $669,607
NFTA (local 10% match) $669,607
NYSDOT ATC Funds $3,883,115
NFTA (local match to ATC Funds) $659,985
$11,239,168

Funding Breakdown for 10 PAL Vans:

Federal Transit Administration $869,591
NYSDOT 10% match $108,699
NFTA (local 10% match) $108,699
$1,086,989

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Jan 6, 2016
Metro Rail to Run Modified Service


Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that beginning Saturday, January 9, Metro Rail will be using just the outbound (east side) track between Allen Medical Campus and Humbolt Hospital Stations. All passengers traveling between these stations will need to board from the outbound platforms. Modified service is expected to last for approximately two weeks.

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Dec. 30, 2015
Metro Rail to Extend Service for New Year's Eve Celebration


Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will extend service Thursday, Dec. 31, to accommodate passengers attending the Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop at Roosevelt Square, activities at Canalside and the First Night Buffalo celebration.

Train service will run continuously, making stops at all stations during the extended service period at 20 minute intervals. One exception to the schedule will be the 11:50 p.m. trip on New Year's Eve from University Station will be moved up to 11:40 p.m., to transport people downtown in advance of the ball drop.

The last train is scheduled to leave Erie Canal Harbor Station heading outbound to University Station at 2 a.m., New Year's Day following the events, with the last inbound train leaving University Station at 2:30 a.m.

All Metro bus and rail schedules are available at nfta.com/metro, in addition to a Metro Now board showing the status of all Metro routes.

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Dec. 16, 2015
Santa and His Helpers to Ride Metro Rail


Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Santa Claus and his elves will be riding Metro Rail Thursday, Dec. 17 to see just how well everyone is behaving this holiday season.

His schedule is as follows:

  1. University Station 10 a.m. to noon
  2. Amherst Station 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  3. Utica Station 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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Dec. 15, 2015
NFTA to Host Annual Holiday Performances


Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the Sounds of the Holiday's will be returning to the downtown bus terminal (181 Ellicott St.) for its eighth year December 16-18, compliments of musical ensembles from five local schools.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "Once again this year the NFTA is pleased to continue the tradition of playing host to talented choral groups from local schools to entertain the people traveling through our transit center during the holidays."

The following schools will be participating on the date and time indicated:

  1. Olmstead High School 12/16, 10:30 a.m.
  2. Visit from Santa 12/16, 11:30 a.m.
  3. EMount Mercy "Magic Belles" 12/16, 12:00 p.m.
  4. South Park High School 12/17, 11:00 a.m.
  5. Akron High School "Roaming Santas" 12/18, 8:30 a.m.
  6. Middle Early High School 12/18, 11:30 a.m.

Santa himself will be paying a visit to the MTC Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 11:30 a.m. preceding the noon performance.

Each performance will feature between 15 and 60 students who will entertain for 30 to 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend.

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Dec. 1, 2015
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING, FYE 17 BUDGET

Buffalo, NY...

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. This hearing will be held at the office of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, sixth floor board room, Metropolitan Transportation Center, Buffalo, New York, located at 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, New York.

The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comment and testimony on the proposed Operating and Capital Budget for NFT Metro System Inc. for fiscal year ending 2017.

NFTA will afford the opportunity for all interested persons to be heard. Evidence and comments may be submitted orally or in writing.

Copies of the NFT Metro System, Inc. budget will be available on December 8, 2015 at the Buffalo and Erie County Main Library, Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York and at the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main Street, Niagara Falls, New York.

This document will be available for examination at the offices of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Second Floor, Metropolitan Transportation Center, Buffalo, New York, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on December 8-14, 2015.

In order that the hearing may be conducted in an orderly manner and to assure maximum public participation, those who wish to speak should register with the Authority by December 14, 2015 furnishing his/her name, address, telephone number and name of organization, if any, represented.

Please register with:
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Metropolitan Transportation Center
181 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
Attn: John Cox, Chief Financial Officer

To facilitate an orderly procedure during the public hearing, the following rules will be in effect:

  1. Those who wish to speak must be filed at the offices of the Authority by December 14, 2015 by 3:00 pm.
  2. Any individual may appear and speak on the subject of the meeting for themselves or, if authorized in writing, for any group, organization, committee, association or firm. Any speaker representing more than one civic group, organization, club or association will be permitted to speak on behalf of all organizations represented.
  3. Each speaker must limit his/her oral presentation to five minutes. Speakers will be allowed to use their time to the best advantage without interruption from the floor. The presiding officer may interrogate or ask a speaker for clarification at any time. Relinquishing of time from one speaker to another will not be permitted.
  4. Prepared statement may be submitted in writing, prior to or at the hearing. Such written material must be legible on normal business size paper (8.5" x 11").
  5. If maps, charts or visual aids are to be used, the speaker must make all arrangements, however the Authority's staff will assist to the extent possible.
  6. The Metropolitan Transportation Center is accessible to disabled individuals and NFTA will provide an interpreter for the deaf and/or hard of hearing upon request.

After all registered speakers have been heard, the presiding officer will allow additional oral statements by other persons in attendance between 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

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Nov. 25, 2015
NFTA Seeking Food, Beverage and Concession Services

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is soliciting proposals from concessionaires and/or restaurateurs to provide one, or a combination of freshly prepared restaurant style food and beverage service, retail, including newspapers, souvenirs, phone and greeting cards, candy, basic traveler health, hygiene needs and machine vending services at any or all of its locations.

Locations include eight underground Metro Rail stations, (excluding Allen Medical Campus Station, which will be bid independently) the Metropolitan Transportation Center at 181 Ellicott Street, and Metro transportation centers in Niagara County located at 2250 Factory Outlet Blvd., Town of Niagara and 1124 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Vending options should include service for cold drinks, hot beverages and snacks.

The Food, Beverage and Concession Services request for proposal is available online at bids.nfta.com.

Proposals must be received by the NFTA's purchasing department at 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203 prior to 11 a.m. Monday, January 18, 2016.

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Nov. 18, 2015
Metro Rail to Operate Modified Service for the Next Two Weekends

Buffalo, NY...

Metro Rail will be operating abbreviated service over the next two weekends starting at midnight Friday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Nov. 22, and again from midnight Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 29, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today.

Catenary wire and insulation replacement work will limit Metro Rail service to operating only between University Station and Lafayette Station.

Metro will provide shuttle bus service in both directions between Lafayette Station and Erie Canal Harbor Station.

Inbound shuttles will operate from Court Street (northwest corner) to Pearl Street to Scott Street.

Outbound shuttles will operate from Scott Street to Washington Street to Lafayette Square to Court Street.

The full length of the line will be open with the start of service Monday, Nov. 23, and Monday, Nov. 30. Additional information can be found at metro.nfta.com.

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Nov. 5, 2015
Buffalo Airport Opens Nursing Lounge in Terminal

One of the First Airports in the State to Offer Private Area for New Mothers

Buffalo, NY...

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport has opened a special, private lactation room in the terminal to accommodate new mothers and their babies the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today.

The new Nursing Lounge is located in the airport's east concourse directly across from gate 14. The room is equipped with a vanity counter, running water, power, table, mirror, nursery type pictures on the walls and a comfortable leather chair. Mothers now have a private, quiet room equipped with the necessities they will need to nurse their children or pump.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "I am very proud that our airport is setting the trend to accommodate nursing mothers ahead of mandated legislation. We now have a specific area that provides moms with a serene, clean, private room for their personal use. I commend Senator Kennedy for taking the lead to ensure traveling nursing mothers across the state will hopefully have similar accommodations in the near future. "

"When we first made our call for more lactation rooms in airports statewide, we stressed that our moms deserve more, and today, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is giving them just that," said Senator Tim Kennedy. "As the NFTA officially opens its Nursing Lounge, we're not only opening up a safe, sanitary place for mothers to nurse and pump, but we're opening up new opportunities for them as well. With this new room, mothers won't have to make the tough choice between providing the best nutrition for their infant or traveling for work; here they can do both. The NFTA's decision to help accommodate nursing moms voluntarily is a progressive one, and one that should be applauded."

"On behalf of all the patients we serve at the Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, I want to thank and congratulate Senator Kennedy and the NFTA for helping build a more breastfeeding-friendly culture for our community," said Dr. Stephen Turkovich, Chief Medical Officer at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. "Hopefully, more airports throughout the state will follow our lead now and give mothers the same opportunity that they enjoy here at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport."

"The NFTA and Senator Kennedy clearly understand the importance and need for women to breastfeed or pump in sanitary conditions, and acted quickly to make these accommodations for nursing mothers," said Rachel Jackson. "I commend them for constructing the lactation room prior to the enactment of the legislation, and I hope other airports follow Buffalo's lead. Together, they took these health issues seriously and this lactation room will improve lives of many women and children. Thank you on behalf of myself and for the many families that this will benefit."

Further Family Friendly Amenities . . .

In addition to the new Nursing Lounge, the BNIA has other family friendly features to accommodate traveling families such as little step stools under the sinks in most restrooms so little kids are able to step up and wash their hands, a children's play space, water bottle refill stations, companion care restrooms large enough to allow multiple people or a wheelchair and a liquid retention system at the checkpoint to dump liquids into prior to clearing security so passengers can save their containers.

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Oct. 14, 2015
Canalside and Cobblestone Access Enhancement Study Available for Viewing

Open House at FNC

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that an informational public open house regarding their Canalside and Cobblestone Access Enhancement Study will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First Niagara Center. The public is invited to attend to learn about and evaluate the study's status, review the two alternatives being presented and offer input regarding the alternatives.

Alternative #1 is a South Park Avenue alignment
Alternative #2 is a Buffalo River alignment

The NFTA's project team and its consultants have developed the two alternatives for Metro Rail extension to the DL&W Terminal with a new station located in or around the terminal. In advance of the open house, information is available online at to.nfta.com.

"Before the NFTA and the project Steering Committee select one of these two alternatives to move forward for further development, we want to present them to the community and obtain as much additional input as possible as to which alternative they favor,”"said Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director.

The First Niagara Center is located at One Seymour Knox III Plaza, Buffalo. The facility is accessible by Metro Rail and any Metro bus that connects to the train. In addition, parking is free in the FNC parking ramp.

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Sept. 28, 2015
Niagara Falls International Airport Welcomes One Millionth Passenger

One Millionth Passenger Arrives Today From Florida

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the Niagara Falls International Airport will welcome its one millionth passenger into the terminal this morning.

The passenger arriving via Allegiant from Sanford, FL will be chosen by William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation at random, to symbolize the airport's one millionth passenger who has passed through its doors since the first flight departed the new terminal Dec. 18, 2009.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "The NFTA made a $42.5 million investment in 2008 to construct a new state-of-the-art terminal that would be efficient, user-friendly and ready to meet the sophisticated needs of 21st century aviation. It has become an engine for growth and development with a yearly economic impact of $200 million."

To celebrate the occasion, the lucky passenger will receive two round trip tickets courtesy of Allegiant for a future flight, travel luggage from the airport, an NFTA proclamation to commemorate the event, a gift basket complements of the Niagara Tourist & Convention Corp. including a one night's stay at The Giacomo Hotel, $50 gift Hard Rock Cafe certificate, a bottle of wine from the Flight of Five Winery, a gift certificate to Encounter Niagara, tasty treats from DiCamillo's Bakery and a matted photograph print of Niagara Falls, USA.

William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation said, "The airport continues to mature and has become a valued regional asset as a direct result of our dedicated workforce that keeps the airport running professionally and efficiently. Further, by working closely with our airline partners we continually discuss opportunities to add flights and new destinations for our customers."

In 2014 the NFIA surpassed the 100,000 enplanement mark for the first time and ultimately set a record with 105,273 passengers departing the facility. In total, 207,597 (outbound & inbound) passengers utilized the NFIA during 2014. This year the airport is on target to surpass the 2014 total having already served 87,571 departing passengers through August, a 17.5 percent increase year-to-date.

Allegiant and Spirit operate from the airport with service to warm weather destinations. Allegiant travels to Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach, while Spirit connects to Orlando/Sanford, Punta Gorda/ Fort Myers and Tampa/St. Petersburg.

The airport's four-gate facility provides for efficient, customer oriented passenger processing, a two level layout with jet bridge boarding, free Wi-Fi, food and beverage concessions, convenient on-site parking, a federal inspection station, in-line baggage screening, 12 stationary ticket counter stations, an ATM, tourist information counter, car rental and a Metro transit center, for convenient access to public transportation.

Flight and specific airline and airport information can be found online at niagarafallsairport.com.

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Sept. 22, 2015
Employment Opportunities Available at Metro

Immediate Openings Available

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is currently seeking qualified candidates interested in a career with Buffalo Niagara International Airport Aircraft Rescue Firefighting unit.

The Buffalo Airport will host an exam Saturday, Oct. 24. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 25. Those interested are encouraged to visit fire.nfta.com for details, which includes a downloadable study guide. Registered applicants will be notified as to the location and time of the exam.

The airport's ARFF team is an elite firefighting and rescue unit trained to respond to all types of aviation related incidents, from structural fires to medical emergencies. The team averages more than 650 calls per year.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Sept. 17, 2015
Employment Opportunities Available at Metro

Immediate Openings Available

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is currently looking for qualified applicants seeking steady employment, good starting pay with guaranteed increases, along with a comprehensive benefit package and the ability to work in a clean, safe environment.

There are immediate openings for qualified body shop, building maintenance, electricians, garage mechanics and technicians to work in the NFTA's Metro Bus division.

Interested individuals should attend an Open House, Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cold Spring Bus Maintenance Office, 2nd floor, 1581 Michigan Ave., Buffalo.

Interested individuals may download an application at www.nfta.com or stop in at the Open House. A comprehensive skills tests will be administered at noon for interested applicants.

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Sept. 4, 2015
Allen Medical Campus Rail Station Will be Closed Starting Sept. 8

Station to be Closed Indefinitely

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro's Allen Medical Campus Rail Station will be temporarily closed commencing Tuesday, Sept. 8, until further notice. All other rail stations will be serviced during this period.

The closing is a result of ongoing construction taking place at the rail station as the University at Buffalo continues to build their new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility over the existing rail station.

During this time, Metro will provide daily shuttle service to and from the Summer Best Station every 12 minutes for customers to access areas adjacent to the Allen Medical Campus Station. Passengers need to exit the train at Summer Best Station to access the shuttle service.

A map of the shuttle route and additional Metro information can be found online at nfta.com.

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Aug. 31, 2015
Metro Begins Construction on Natural Gas Fueling Station

CNG Buses to be Introduced into Metro Fleet This Fall

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro, in conjunction with Trillium CNG, has begun construction on a high capacity fast fill compressed natural gas fueling station at Metro's Frontier Bus Garage, 1000 Military Road, Buffalo, NY.

The $5.9 million state-of-the-art facility will encompass one and a half acres and feature two 250-hp compressors, producing 700 standard cubic feet per minute that will serve four fuel dispensers. A twin tower dryer, control building, electric motor and control distribution wiring and control system are also part of the project. The functionality of the station will more than cover Metro's needs for the immediate future, but the facility can be expanded to meet new demands.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, "Compressed natural gas is the fuel of the future for our fleet of buses. It's affordable, plentiful, safe and made in the USA. CNG is an eco-friendly fuel that helps improve our air quality and will increase the overall efficiency of our fleet."

Trillium CNG designs and constructs natural gas fueling stations around the world. Specializing in fleet service, they are headquartered in Chicago and have built facilities across the United States. Of special interest to Western New Yorkers would be Trillium's success in Helsinki, Finland and Munich, Germany giving the company valuable experience in four-season climates.

"We are excited to be working with the NFTA who has demonstrated commitment to providing safe, affordable and environmentally friendly public transportation to the residents of Erie and Niagara counties," said Joel Jansen, vice president, Trillium CNG. "Our company has a long history and proven track record of providing customized design, build, operation and maintenance solutions for heavy-duty transit fleets."

Thomas George, NFTA director of public transit commented, "This is an exciting project for the future development of Metro services, as we embark down the road of providing high-end, environmentally efficient CNG buses for our customers in the Buffalo Niagara region."

Metro has ordered 44 full-size buses from Nova Bus that will run on compressed natural gas. The first 20 are due later this year, and will begin transporting passengers at that time, with the remainder to follow in 2016. These new buses will replace the oldest diesel buses currently in use. Metro has also ordered 10 CNG paratransit vans from Shepard Brothers, which will be used to transport customers with special needs. The PAL vans will begin service this fall.

Compressed natural gas is an effective alternative fuel for public transportation. Safe, clean and affordable, CNG also provides some freedom from the diesel fuel market. Natural gas at the Metro facility will be 99 percent American sourced. Through the course of their lives, these Metro's CNG buses will save the atmosphere from more than 1,300 tons of carbon.

Metro operates 316 buses over 65 routes in Erie and Niagara counties, in addition to a 6.4 mile Light Rail system serving 95,000 customers each weekday. Additional Metro Bus and Rail information can be found at online metro.nfta.com.

A graphics package of the CNG facility, logos and bus designs can be obtained at http://metro.nfta.com/cng/

Funding: Federal Transit Administration $575,112
NYS DOT $68,653
NFTA $5,003,078
National Fuel $301,312
Total $5,948,155

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Aug. 19, 2015
Metro Rail to Operate Modified Service August 22-23

Aboveground Section Will be Closed

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro Rail will be closing the aboveground portion of its system this Saturday and Sunday, due to work related to the City of Buffalo’s project to return vehicular traffic to the 500 block of Main Street.

The aboveground section is being closed to allow for the new train control equipment to be installed, tested and integrated along the 500 block of Main Street as the project progresses toward conclusion.

The underground section from University Station to Allen Medical Campus Station will operate a normal Saturday/Sunday schedule.

Metro will provide shuttle service for its customers from Allen Medical Campus Station to Erie Canal Harbor Station at 15 minute intervals. The inbound shuttle will use Pearl Street and Washington Street will be used for outbound service.

The full length of the rail line will be operational with the start of service Monday, Aug. 24. Metro schedules and additional information can be found at online metro.nfta.com.

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July 23, 2015
NFTA PARTNERS WITH BUFFALO URBAN LEAGUE IN EARN AND LEARN PROGRAM

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that it is participating as an employer in the Buffalo Urban League's Earn and Learn Program this summer. The Earn and Learn program was designed to allow high school students the opportunity to work at organizations within Erie County as part of a career progression pathway for young individuals.

In conjunction with its workforce development initiatives, the NFTA will be accepting two students who will work with supervisory employees throughout the authority. The role of these individuals will be to assist the students in applying acquired skills to projects, as well as to help them expand their professional abilities through workplace learning and mentorship.

"Our youth are the greatest natural resource we have in the world today. It's incumbent upon all of us to nurture them in every way possible," said Kimberley A. Minkel, the NFTA's Executive Director, commenting on the reason the NFTA is participating with the Buffalo Urban League and their Earn and Learn program.

"The Buffalo Urban League is thrilled to work with the NFTA to provide valuable work experience for high school aged students," said Brenda W. McDuffie, President & CEO of the Buffalo Urban League. "With all of the opportunities emerging throughout Buffalo and Western New York, it is critically important that this community collaboratively supports the preparation of current and future generations of the local workforce," said McDuffie.

All participating students are required to work 16 hours per week over a six-week period and are compensated by the Buffalo Urban League. In addition, each student is assigned an individual case manager to ensure that they are adhering to the program's overall guidelines and are successfully achieving workforce development skills.

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July 2, 2015
Metro Ramps Up for July Fourth Festivities at Canalside

Buffalo, NY . . .The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will be operating at full capacity Saturday to transport customers to and from Canalside for July 4 festivities and fireworks.

FREE parking for approximately 2,000 cars is available between the University and LaSalle Park & Ride lots.

A staffed ticket booth will be operational at University Station starting at 5:30 p.m. to facilitate the sale of Metro Rail roundtrip tickets. To help expedite the return trip, it is advised that roundtrip tickets be purchased to avoid having to wait at a ticket machine to purchase an outbound ticket after the fireworks. Fare and schedule information can be found online at nfta.com.

Metro Rail will operate four-car trains to transport as many people as possible per trip. Trains will depart stations every 15 to 20 minutes depending on the time of day, using a Saturday schedule. The last outbound train is scheduled to depart the Special Events Station at midnight.

Numerous Metro bus routes will serve downtown in the vicinity of Canalside throughout the day. Bus schedules can be found online at nfta.com.

In addition, in anticipation of heavier than normal transit usage, the NFTA Transit Police will establish a Multi-Agency Unified Command Center just south of Metro's Special Events Station to provide an increased police presence for transit users.

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June 18, 2015
Metro Rail to Run Modified Service for Weekend

Buffalo, NY . . .The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will be using just the inbound (west side) track Sat. June 20 and Sun. 21. Outbound riders with a mobility device must use the last rail car if exiting above ground. There are no changes for inbound riders.

More Metro information can be found at metro.nfta.com.

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June 8, 2015
Metro Upgrades Customer Care

Provides Real-Time Bus Information

Buffalo, NY . . .The Niagara Frontier Transportation authority announced today that Metro Bus and Rail is advancing two improvements to its Customer Care department. As of Wednesday, June 10, a new automated telephone system will have direct access to real-time bus information, alerts and schedule information. Metro's on-line Trip Planner gets a makeover, with a map-based interface.

The riding public will still be able to consult with a live, informed professional from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays via Metro's team of Customer Care experts. The new automated phone guide provides the same information 24-hours a day, every day. With a stop identification number, the system is faster than ever before.

Stop IDs are available by phone or by visiting Metro's new online Trip Planner. Riders can enter a location in Buffalo Niagara and receive the unique ID number for that bus stop. It allows for quick and accurate real-time bus arrival times and scheduled stops. The technology is easily accessible with a phone or tablet.

More Metro information can be found at metro.nfta.com.

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June 1, 2015
Amherst Buffalo Alternatives Analysis Open House

Community Invited to Review Transit Options

Buffalo, NY . . .The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that a public open house will be held Thursday, June 11, for the Amherst-Buffalo Corridor Transit Options Study. The public will have an opportunity to learn about the study status, review the list of alternative transit options being considered, and provide their feedback.

The NFTA is working with the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transit Council to assess options for more and improved transit connections from Amherst to Buffalo and all points in between. The Amherst-Buffalo Corridor currently supports NFTA Metro’s highest transit ridership in the region, and demand is expected to grow. In addition, there are current plans for significant development in portions of the Corridor, including the UB 2020 Plan to expand, enhance, and connect the three University of Buffalo campuses. These needs make the timing right to decide now on new transit options. This study has been underway since 2013 and a range of feasible alternatives is now ready for stakeholder input.

The public open house will be held in Room 100 of Allen Hall at the University of Buffalo South Campus, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo. Doors will open at 4 p.m., with an open house until 8 p.m. Over the past 18 months a long list of all the possible alternatives has been analyzed both from a technical engineering standpoint and with consideration of public/stakeholder ideas and concerns offered to date. That long list has been narrowed down and a shorter list of most viable options is now ready for review and comment by all stakeholders. The public are invited to drop in at their convenience to visit the information stations and provide input.

Area residents, students, business owners, commuters, and all interested parties are encouraged to attend. Public opinion and information collected will be an important component in identifying the ‘Locally Preferred’ or single option that best meets the needs for transit between Amherst and Buffalo, while also meeting a wide range of engineering, community, and environmental criteria.

Free parking and entry (including ADA access) is at the Main Street side of Allen Hall. Nearby transit service includes Metro Rail to University Station and Metro bus Routes #5, 8, 12, 13, 19, 44, 47, or 48.

If special accommodations or language assistance services are needed (translation or interpretation), individuals should contact Rachel Maloney 716- 855-7499 no later than two weeks in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free.

To provide comments or to read additional information regarding this study, please click here to.nfta.com.

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May 22, 2015
Metro Rail to Operate Altered Service Sunday, May 24

Buffalo, NY . . .One side of the 600 Block of Main Street will be closed to vehicles Sunday, May 24, as a result of the running of the Buffalo Marathon, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today.

The inbound or west lane of Main Street will be closed from Tupper Street to Chippewa Street starting at 7 a.m. to approximately noon, due to the routing of the Buffalo Marathon. The outbound or east lane will be open during this time.

Metro Rail will be operating single tracking service on the inbound track between Seneca Street Station and Allen Medical Campus Station during this time. Outbound passengers using a mobility device must board the last car to be able to exit at platform level at an aboveground station.

Regular rail service will operate between Allen Medical Campus Station and University Station.

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May 14, 2015
Allen Medical Campus Rail Station to Reopen May 18

Buffalo, NY . . .The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the University at Buffalo's project of building a new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility atop the existing Allen Medical Campus Metro Rail Station has reached the point where the station can safely be reopened to service.

The station will be reopened to full service Monday, May 18. It was closed April 20, as a result of ongoing construction taking place at the rail station, which rendered it inoperable.

In addition, as the project continues to moves forward, the contractor has notified the NFTA that an additional closing will be required in mid-June for approximately 17 days. The exact date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed by the contractor.

During the period the station is closed, Metro will continue to provide free, daily shuttle service to and from the Summer Best Station for customers to access areas adjacent to the Allen Medical Campus Station. Shuttle intervals will coincide with the daily rail schedule. Passengers need to exit the train at Summer Best Station to access the shuttle service. The train will service ALL other stations during the closure period.

A map of the shuttle route and additional Metro information can be found at nfta.com.

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April 28, 2015
Metro Seeking Bus Operators

Immediate Openings Available

Buffalo, NY . . .The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its Metro Bus division is sponsoring an Open House Thursday, April 30, in an effort to recruit individuals interested in immediate, full-time employment as a MetroLink bus operator.

Metro is currently looking for qualified bus operators seeking steady employment, guaranteed wage increases, along with a comprehensive benefit package.

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, a NYS commercial driver's license, Class B minimum with passenger and air break endorsements or a permit for same with the ability to obtain a full license within eight weeks of employment.

The Open House will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Metro's Babcock Station, 721 New Babcock Street, Buffalo, NY.

Interested individuals may download an application at nfta.com or obtain one during the Open House.

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April 22, 2015
NFTA Takes Home Four Awards from the International Aviation Snow Symposium

Buffalo & Niagara Falls Airports Honored, Along With Three Employees

Buffalo, NY . . .The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport have each received awards for excellence at the 49th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium, in addition to an Airfield Operator of the Year honor and an Idea Corner Award for an ice-inspired fabrication design.

The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives recognized the BNIA's snow removal team for outstanding performance this past winter with a Balchen/Post Award. The Buffalo Airport never closed in one of the harshest winters on record. This is the ninth time the airport has been honored in the 39-year history of the award. Buffalo won in the medium-size airport classification.

The Niagara Falls International Airport competes in the small airport class. This year is marks the fifth time it has been recognized with a Balchen/Post honor. The airfield crew at Niagara Falls also fought an exceptionally harsh winter, and maintained a perfect safety record.

Buffalo Airport staff has been honored with an Idea Corner Award for innovation in the field. Asst. Supervisor of Maintenance Peter Robbins and Mechanic John Krasniewski created a housing apparatus that keeps hydraulic hoses safe from ice buildup. It turned out to be very useful this past year.

Christopher McBride, airfield operator at the Buffalo Airport, is this year’s Operator of the Year. McBride's commitment to keeping the Buffalo airfield clear and safe this past winter made him stand out among an already remarkable crew.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, said, "Four awards is a monumental achievement. The men and women who keep our runways safe and operational all winter do an amazing job. It is wonderful to see them receive the recognition they deserve."

"The fact the our runways remained open all winter is nothing short of remarkable," said William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation. "These awards speak volumes about the dedication and ability of our airfield crew, who work around the clock, including being away from their families on holidays and missing family functions while working to maintain the safety of our runways."

Balchen/Post nominations come from airlines, pilots, general aviation officials, hotel owners, corporate pilots and ground transportation operators. An independent selection committee sorts recommendations based on airport size (determined by the number of flights in and out of the airport per year) and makes final award determinations. In making their selections, the committee considers a crew's ability to keep the airport runways free of ice and snow, snow removal plans, the size of area to be cleared, equipment readiness, personnel training and overall safety awareness.

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April 19, 2015
NFTA Honors Employees at 30th Annual Awards Luncheon

Buffalo, NY . . .The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority hosted a luncheon at the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Rd., Williamsville, Sunday, April 19, to recognize the outstanding safety performance of Metro bus and train operators, and vehicle maintenance workers. In addition, the authority saluted employees who have reached 25 years of employment with the NFTA.

Metro recognized 22 operators for safely operating their vehicles in excess of 10, 20 or 30 years. Seven maintenance employees were congratulated for having a 10-year safety record. Nine NFTA employees celebrated a silver anniversary.

Bus Supervisor, Antoine Moore was recognized with an Extra Mile award, reserved for individuals who have gone above and beyond their usual duties. This past winter, Moore rescued a woman stuck on railroad tracks.

NFTA Chairman, Howard A. Zemsky said, "We are exceedingly proud to have Antoine Moore as part of the NFTA family. He embodies the kind of dedication to the community we all try to emulate."

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, "Driving for hours everyday, in Western New York weather, and not having a single accident for ten years is outstanding. Driving for 30 years without an accident is the accomplishment of true professionals. Our safety record on the maintenance side is no less amazing. It is an honor to stand here with this group today."

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April 16, 2015
Allen Medical Rail Station Will Close April 20

Buffalo, NY . . .The Niagara Frontier Transportation authority announced today that Metro's Allen Medical Rail Station will close temporarily as of Monday, April 20, and until further notice.

Construction of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will take place over the existing rail station rendering the station inoperable.

During this time, Metro will provide free shuttle service to and from the Summer Best Station, maintaining customer access to Allen Medical Campus Station. Shuttle times will coincide with the daily rail schedule. Passengers need to exit trains at Summer Best Station to utilize the shuttle service.

A map of the shuttle route and additional Metro information can be found at metro.nfta.com.

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April 13, 2015
Niagara Falls International Airport to Host Public Workshop

Sustainable Master Plan Update to be Presented

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is inviting residents from local communities to attend the second and final public workshop to review details of the Niagara Falls International Airport Sustainable Master Plan, Tuesday, April 14.

The informational workshop will be held in the Niagara Falls International Airport, 2035 Niagara Falls Blvd., from 6-8 p.m. A brief presentation detailing the highlights and key components of the Master Plan planning process will begin at 6:30 p.m. Free parking will be available in the general passenger lots for those attending the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation said, "We welcome the opportunity to work with the Niagara community to help craft a Master Plan that ensures the airport will continue to increase its positive economic impact for the region, while simultaneously creating a positive experience for all users of the facility."

McFarland Johnson, the NFIA Master Plan consultants, along with representatives from the NFTA will be present to host the interactive workshop and discuss the draft findings to date.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for interested citizens from neighboring communities to learn about potential future development at the airport. Materials for the 20-year planning horizon will include an overview of existing facilities, forecasts of aviation activity, facility requirements, environmental findings, development alternatives and a recommended plan.

For additional information contact Mark Clark, NFTA Sr. Aviation Planner at 630-6133, via email at mark_clark@nfta.com or go online to niagarafallsairport.com and click on the About the Airport tab at the top of the page.

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April 9, 2015
Employment Opportunities Available at Metro

Immediate Openings Available

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is currently looking for qualified applicants seeking steady employment, good starting pay with guaranteed increases, along with a comprehensive benefit package and the ability to work in a clean, safe environment.

There are immediate opening for qualified body shop, building maintenance, electricians, garage mechanics and technicians to work in the NFTA's Metro Bus division.

Interested individuals should attend an Open House, Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cold Spring Bus Maintenance Office, 2nd floor, 1581 Michigan Ave., Buffalo.

Interested individuals may download an application at www.nfta.com or stop in at the Open House. A comprehensive skills tests will be administered at noon for interested applicants.

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April 9, 2015
Stand Up for Transportation Day to be Held April 9

Senator Schumer, Congressman Higgins, the NFTA, and Community Leaders Emphasize the Need for Long-term Federal Investment in Public Transportation Infrastructure before Expiration of Federal Transportation Funding May 31, 2015

Buffalo, NY . . . With the future of America’s public transportation infrastructure on the line, Senator Schumer, Congressman Higgins and transportation and community leaders from Western New York unite on April 9, 2015 with the voices of 216 participating organizations in more than 140 communities across the country to focus on the urgency of the passage of a long-term federal transportation bill.

The current federal transportation funding bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), is set to expire on May 31, 2015. Without a long-term federal transportation funding bill, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and public transit systems across the country will face tremendous uncertainty. Transportation is the backbone of our local and national economy. A long-term transportation bill is needed for better and expanded transportation options, and to continue to grow our economy.

Public transportation services provided by the NFTA connect thousands of Western New York residents and visitors to employment, school, health care and entertainment across the region. Simply put, where public transportation goes community grows. Investment in public transportation produces significant economic impacts with every $1 invested generating $4 in economic benefits. More than $227 billion in economic productivity is at risk to the nation's economy over the next six years without long-term federal investment in public transit according to a new analysis by the American Public Transportation Association.

Senator Charles Schumer said, "Investing in our nation's infrastructure is critical to our economy. The current lack of investment has led to crumbling roads and bridges, unsafe conditions on our transit networks, and has allowed new economic development opportunities to pass us by. I have been a vocal supporter of passing a long-term transportation bill that increases spending on these programs because it will help each and every corner of New York State and our country."

"We've seen locally how rebuilding infrastructure not only creates jobs and rehabilitates roadways but has the potential to transform our business districts, neighborhoods, and waterfront," said Congressman Brian Higgins, a proponent of a 5-year, $1.2 trillion program of federal infrastructure investment. "In recent years we've spent a great deal of time and resources rebuilding the roads and bridges of Iraq and Afghanistan. It's time for the nation to build here at home. Our infrastructure is in critical need of repair and Americans deserve the work."

Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, said "Public transportation services provided by the NFTA are a critical component to the Western New York economy, providing thousands of people access to job opportunities. The passage of a multi-year transportation bill is a federal advocacy priority of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Congress needs to work together to pass a bill to ensure providers like the NFTA can continue to provide and expand transportation options for our region."

Kimberley A. Minkel, Executive Director of the NFTA said, "The NFTA's bus and light rail systems provide safe, reliable, cost-effective transportation to thousands of Western New Yorkers every day. A long-term federal funding bill will allow the NFTA to continue to provide services that meet the needs of the community and modernize our Metro system to meet growing demand for transportation options."

Douglas Funke, President of Citizens for Regional Transit said, "Investment in public transit is needed now to stimulate economic development, provide desperately needed mobility for our citizens, and reduce pollution and the release of greenhouse gases. We encourage our representatives at the federal level to increase funding for public transportation." APTA notes that the nation faces a $160 billion backlog just to bring public transit and road systems into a state of good repair. The lack of a long-term federal funding bill creates local funding uncertainty that jeopardizes transportation project planning and discourages private sector investment. APTA also notes that a lack of a commitment on the federal level stifles local business investment and job creation. For more information about Stand Up for Transportation Day please visit http://www.standup4transportation.org/ or follow #SU4T on Twitter.

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April 9, 2015
Allen Medical Rail Station Closing Postponed

Station Will Not Be Closing April 15

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority was informed today that due to construction delays, Metro's Allen Medical Rail Station will NOT be temporarily closing Wednesday, April 15, as had been previously announced.

The closing was based on the ongoing construction, specifically the erection of steel at the site, as the University at Buffalo continues to build their new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility over the existing rail station.

A new closing date will be announced as soon as one is confirmed.

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April 5, 2015
Allen Medical Rail Station Will be Closed Starting April 15

Station Scheduled for Reopening May 6

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro's Allen Medical Rail Station will be temporarily closed commencing Wednesday, April 15. It is scheduled to reopen for service Wednesday, May 6.

The closing is a result of ongoing construction taking place at the rail station as the University at Buffalo continues to build their new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility over the existing rail station, which will render the station inoperable during this period. All of the other rail stations will be serviced during this period.

During this time, Metro will provide free, daily shuttle service to and from the Summer Best Station for customers to access areas adjacent to the Allen Medical Campus Station. Shuttle intervals will coincide with the daily rail schedule. Passengers need to exit the train at Summer Best Station to access the shuttle service.

A map of the shuttle route and additional Metro information can be found here.

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April 2, 2015
Metro Opens New Downtown Customer Information Center

Inside Transportation Center at N. Division and Ellicott Sts.

Buffalo, NY . . . A new Metro Customer Information Center is open for business in the downtown transportation building at 181 Ellicott Street, to provide individual services to Metro bus and rail customers the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today.

The new information center will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in order to assist the public with:

  • Rider information on trip planning, bus routes, schedules and Metro's fare policy
  • Take photos and print Photo ID cards for Reduced Fare and Paratransit passes
  • Accept payment for Reduced Fare Identification cards
  • Review and accept (not approve) applications for Paratransit and Reduced Fare cards
  • Assist customers with the functionality of the ticket vending machines
  • Assist customers with Metro related questions and distribute information related to new Metro products and services

Kimberley A. Minkel, Executive Director of the NFTA said, "I am extremely pleased that our new information center provides Metro the opportunity to meet one-on-one with customers and address their questions in person. This helps to elevate our level of customer service and provides a nice personal touch at the same time."

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March 26, 2015
NFTA and Teamsters 264 Police Lieutenants & Captains Reach Agreement on a New Labor Contract

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its board of commissioners has authorized a new eight year collective bargaining agreement between the NFTA and Teamsters 264 Police Lieutenants & Captains for the period April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2019.

Under the terms of the agreement members of the bargaining unit will receive no increase in the first three years, a 2.25 percent increase in year four, a 2 percent increase in each of the remaining four fiscal years (April 1-March 31), plus a one-time $850 signing bonus. The bargaining unit represents 11 officers who are responsible for day-to-day law enforcement at all NFTA facilities.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “I am pleased that we have been able to reached an agreement that provides both annual increases to the dedicated officers who risk their lives each day to keep our customers, employees and facilities safe, while at the same helping to ensure the financial stability of the authority moving forward.”

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March 26, 2015
Allen Medical Rail Station Will be Closed for Four Weeks

Station Shutdown Scheduled for April 15

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation authority announced today that Metro’s Allen Medical Rail Station will be temporarily closed commencing Wednesday, April 15, for approximately four weeks.

The closing is a result of ongoing construction taking place at the rail station as the University at Buffalo continues to build their new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility over the existing rail station that will render the station inoperable during the four week period.

During this time, Metro will provide free, daily shuttle service to and from the Summer Best Station for customers to access areas adjacent to the Allen Medical Campus Station. Shuttle intervals will coincide with the daily rail schedule. Passengers need to exit the train at Summer Best Station to access the shuttle service.

A map of the shuttle route and additional Metro information can be found at nfta.com.

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March 13, 2015
MILLER LITE FREE RIDES® COME TO METRO RAIL ON SUNDAY, MARCH 15

Buffalo, NY . . . The Original Lite Beer is teaming up with Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to provide free rides for all passengers on Metro Rail service throughout the day on Sunday, March 15. This is the second year in a row that Miller Lite Free Rides® will be offered in the Buffalo area.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Miller Lite to provide free service for all of our customers on what is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year, as many people use the train to travel downtown to enjoy the parade, the Buffalo Home Show or other events.”

"Drunk driving is one hundred percent preventable," said Diane Wagner, MillerCoors responsibility commerce manager. "When people make Miller Time part of their St. Patrick's Day celebration, we hope they plan ahead for a safe ride home with Miller Lite Free Rides."

Miller Lite Free Rides® will also be provided during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Minneapolis and Milwaukee.

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March 4, 2015
Metro Rail Extends Service for Garth Brooks Concerts

Buffalo, NY . . . Garth Brooks is coming to the First Niagara Center Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8 and Metro Rail is extending service to accommodate customers attending the concerts.

Metro Rail service will be extended 30 minutes after the Thursday and Sunday concerts and 90 minutes after the conclusion of the Friday and Saturday shows.

Parking is free at both the University and LaSalle Park & Rides. Rail service will transport passengers to within steps of the front door of the FNC in only 22 minutes from University Station to the Special Events Station.

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Feb 6, 2015
ECC Nursing Student Comes to the Aid of Injured Woman

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police honored Ms. Ashley Schanley Thursday, Feb. 5, for her unselfish act of kindness when she came to the aid of a woman who had fallen while using the escalator at the Allen-Medical Campus Metro Rail station.

While using the escalator Friday, Jan. 30, Ashley witnessed an elderly female (86 yrs.) lose her balance on the escalator and fall back hitting the back of her head, causing a deep laceration. The woman was unable to get up from her fall.

Ashley, 22, a Level One nursing student at Erie Community College City Campus not only offered first aid to the victim, but pulled her out of harm’s way, preventing further injury. Her unselfish attitude and professional composure gave the woman comfort until medical personnel and NFTA Transit police arrived on the scene.

Kimberley A. Minkel NFTA executive director said, “Ashley gives real meaning to Buffalo the City of Good Neighbors and is the perfect definition of a Good Samaritan. She saw an opportunity to assist a woman in need of first aid and put her nursing skills to good use.”

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Jan. 28, 2015
Niagara Falls International Airport Has Record 2014

Surpasses 100,000 Enplanements for the First Time

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the Niagara Falls International Airport serviced a record number of passengers in 2014.

For the first time in its 87 year history, the NFIA surpassed 100,000 enplanements in one calendar year. 2014 saw the enplanement number rise to 105,273, an increase of 8.14 percent over 2013. In total, 207,597 (outbound & inbound) passengers utilized the NFIA during the year.

Kimberley A. Minkel NFTA executive director said, “These record passenger totals are very gratifying. We are optimistic and excited about the future growth potential of this airport as we embark into a new year.”

The airport continues to be a big draw for Canadians, who regularly account for 88 percent of its customer total.

The airport is served by Spirit and Allegiant airlines carrying passengers to warm weather destinations via seasonal flights. In 2014, Allegiant carried 55,383 outbound passengers to Orlando/Sanford, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg and Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, while Spirit carried 49,890 passengers to Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach.

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Jan. 22, 2015
NFTA and Police Benevolent Association Reach Agreement on a New Labor Contract

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its board of commissioners has authorized a new eight year collective bargaining agreement between the NFTA and the Police Benevolent Association for the period April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2019.

Under the terms of the agreement members of the bargaining unit will receive no increase in the first three years, a 2.25 percent increase in year four, a 2 percent increase in each of the remaining four fiscal years, plus a one-time $750 signing bonus. The PBA represents 71 officers who are responsible for day-to-day law enforcement at all NFTA facilities.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “I am pleased that we have reached accord on a mutually beneficial agreement that provides both annual increase to the dedicated officers who risk their lives each day to keep our customers, employees and facilities safe, while helping to ensure the financial stability of the authority moving forward.”

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Jan. 21, 2015
Canalside Joins MetroXtras

Save 50 Percent on Admission to The Ice at Canalside

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Canalside is now participating in their Metro Xtras discount program with a Buy One Get One Free Admission to the new open-air 33,000 square foot ice rink The Ice at Canalside, presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The Ice, which is the largest outdoor rink in New York State, is situated almost adjacent to the Erie Canal Harbor Metro Rail station.

The discount admission offer is valid Monday through Thursday (excluding skate rental). To receive the 50 percent discount valued at $5, a valid Metro proof of fare e.g., monthly pass, day pass or rail ticket must be presented at the rink box office.

Traveling to Canalside is as easy as parking FREE at University or Lasalle Metro Rail stations and taking the 22 minute train ride downtown. All standard Metro fares apply. For more information on skate times go to canalsidebuffalo.com.

The complete list of all the discount offers available through Metro Xtras can be viewed at NFTA.com or sign up for Instant Updates.

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Jan. 14, 2015
Interested in a Transportation Career

Immediate Openings Available

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that it is seeking qualified bus operators for its MetroLink division of Metro Bus and Rail. Positions offer steady employment, good starting pay with guaranteed increases, and a clean, safe working environment, along with a comprehensive benefit package.

Interested individuals should attend an Open House, Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Metro’s Frontier Station, 1000 Military Rd., Buffalo NY.

Candidates must be at least 21 years old with a high school diploma or GED, a New York State commercial driver’s license Class B with passenger and air-brake endorsements, or a permit and ability to obtain the necessary qualifications within eight weeks of starting employment.

Applications and job descriptions can be viewed and downloaded at nfta.com.

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Dec. 18, 2014
Santa and His Helpers To Ride Metro Bus

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the jolly old elf himself will be visiting Amherst Sunday, Dec. 21, and he’s going to use a Metro bus to see just how well everyone is behaving this holiday season.

Santa and his helpers will ride Metro Route 34 from the Boulevard Mall (the Metro bus stop in front of TGIF’s restaurant) to University Station and back. Santa will be handing out trinkets and candy canes along the way. His schedule is as follows:

11:04 a.m. from the Boulevard Mall to the University Station
11:25 a.m. from University Station to Boulevard Mall
11:34 a.m. from the Boulevard Mall to the University Station
11:55 a.m. from University Station to the Boulevard Mall

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Nov. 17, 2014
Metro Rail to Operate Modified Service This Weekend

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that commencing with the start of service Saturday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 23, the above ground section of the Metro Rail system will be shutdown from Lafayette station to Erie Canal Harbor station due to work related to the replacement of overhead catenary contact wire that will require both tracks be closed in order to replace the wire safely.

During this period, Metro Rail will continue to transport customers in both directions between University and Lafayette stations.

In lieu of above ground rail service, Metro will operate circulator bus service from Lafayette station to Exchange Street for customers traveling along this section of Main Street. Shuttles will operate in each direction approximately every 15 minutes.

Directional signs will be in place at Lafayette station and bus stop passenger alert signs will be posted at all stops along Pearl Street and Washington Street noting where shuttle buses will stop.

Inbound, buses will travel between Lafayette Station and Exchange Street by way of Pearl Street. All inbound customers will be picked up or let off along Pearl Street, a block west of the inbound stations.

Outbound, circulators will operate from Exchange Street to Lafayette station by way of Washington Street. All outbound customers will be picked up or let off along Washington Street, one block east of the outbound stations.

The full length of the rail line will reopen with the start of service Monday, Nov. 24.

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Nov. 6, 2014
NFTA Officers Arrest Two Men at University Metro Station

Buffalo, NY . . . Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Officers arrested two individuals Wednesday evening at the University Metro Rail Station for attempting to sell expired Metro rail passes to Metro customers.

Undercover officers Richard Lewis and David Krzemien under the direction of Lt. Michael Garrity arrested James Smith, 51, of Buffalo and Michael A. Thompson, 31, of Buffalo after they approached several Metro customers and offered to sell them expired rail tickets and a monthly bus pass at a discount.

Both defendants were charged with trespassing and also issued a Notice of Violation for Criminal Nuisance. They were each issued an Appearance Ticket to appear in city court Nov. 19.

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Oct. 29, 2014
It’s 10 Again for Metro Rail

Full Service Will Accommodate Fans Attending the Canisius College Hockey Game at HARBORCENTER

Buffalo, NY . . . Metro Rail will be back on track utilizing both the inbound and outbound tracks the entire length of the system when service starts Friday, Oct. 31, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today.

“I am pleased to say, and I know our customers will be glad to learn, there is now light at the end of the proverbial Metro Rail tunnel,” said Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director. “It will be 10 Again, as Metro Rail returns to normal, regular service, with peak weekday morning and afternoon intervals of only 10 minutes between trains and 12 minutes off-peak during the midday,” she added.

Rail service has been restricted to “single tracking” - alternating service from the inbound to outbound side since March 30, due to construction related to the city of Buffalo’s project to return cars to Main Street.

Metro has simultaneously worked to replace 30-year old rail, track foundation and associated subsystems in the 500 block, with new track and pre-fabricated concrete panels to greatly enhance the Metro Rail experience. In addition, the Fountain Plaza Station has been completely rebuilt with a sleek, modern design.

It’s important to note that the return to full Metro Rail service coincides with Canisius College hosting Ohio State University Friday at the HARBORCENTER for the first hockey game to be played in the new facility. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:35 p.m.

A free Metro mobile app is available from the App store (search nfta-metro) that provides Metro schedules, service maps, Where’s My Bus? real-time information, a Trip Planner and more Metro related information.

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Oct. 22, 2014
Metro Rail to Operate Modified Service This Weekend

Above Ground Section to be Shutdown from Lafayette Station to Erie Canal Harbor Station

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that commencing at 9 p.m. Friday, October 24 through Sunday, Oct. 26, the above ground section of the Metro Rail system will be shutdown from Lafayette station to Erie Canal Harbor station due to work on the overhead catenary wires related to the ongoing project to return cars to Main Street. During this period, Metro Rail will continue to transport customers in both directions between University and Lafayette stations.

In lieu of the above ground rail service, Metro will operate circulator bus service from Lafayette station to Exchange Street for customers traveling along this section of Main Street. Shuttles will operate in each direction approximately every 15 minutes.

Directional signs will be in place at Lafayette station and bus stop passenger alert signs will be posted at all stops along Pearl Street and Washington Street noting where shuttle buses will stop.

Inbound, buses will travel between Lafayette Station and Exchange Street by way of Pearl Street. All inbound customers will be picked up or let off along Pearl Street, a block west of the inbound stations.

Outbound, circulators will operate from Exchange Street to Lafayette station by way of Washington Street. All outbound customers will be picked up or let off along Washington Street, one block east of the outbound stations. The full length of the rail line will reopen with the start of service Monday, Oct. 27.

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Oct. 20, 2014
NFTA to Conduct Informational Workshop Regarding Niagara Street Bus Priority and Corridor Design Project

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced it will host a public informational meeting Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Riverside Institute of Technology, 51 Ontario Street, Buffalo from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide information regarding the Niagara Street Bus Priority and Corridor Design Project.

The evening will open with a brief presentation, after which attendees will have an opportunity to comment and provide feedback. The purpose of the meeting is to present recommendations for the replacement of four new bus shelters in the project area and the relocation of five existing bus shelters. The proposed bus shelter locations are based on ridership analysis and the feasibility of the intersections. The NFTA and the consultant team from Bergmann Associates and Highland Planning, will be seeking input from the public on the elements of a new neighborhood compact transit center, site amenities and the potential for site programming at the center.

“The consultant team has reviewed existing conditions along Niagara Street, including bus stop ridership and the existing bus shelter locations,” said Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director. “The four new bus shelters will include amenities such as lighting, Next Bus informational signs, advertisements and wireless network analysis. We look forward to engaging the community as we collaborate to develop a “high quality transit corridor” along Niagara Street.”

Moving forward, the NFTA will start to install new shelters, relocate existing shelters, finalize the neighborhood transit center design, and commission an art component for the compact transit center starting in 2015.

The Niagara Street Bus Priority and Corridor Design Project is funded by a $4.47 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration.

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Oct. 9, 2014
Metro Rail to Operate Modified Service

Metro Rail to Operate Modified Service

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Saturday, Oct. 11, the entire above ground section of the Metro Rail system will be shutdown due to required train control modifications being made as part of the City of Buffalo's project to return cars to Main St. During this period, Metro Rail will continue to transport customers between University and Allen Medical Campus stations.

In lieu of above ground rail service, Metro will operate circulator bus service from Allen Medical Campus station to Exchange Street for customers traveling along this section of Main Street. Shuttles will operate in each direction approximately every 15 minutes.

Directional signs will be in place at Allen Medical station and bus stop passenger alert signs will be posted at all stops along Pearl Street and Washington Street noting where shuttle buses will stop.

Inbound, buses will travel between Allen Medical Campus and Exchange Street by way of Pearl Street. All inbound customers will be picked up or let off along Pearl Street, a block west of the inbound stations.

Outbound, circulators will operate from Exchange Street to Allen Medical Campus station by way of Washington Street. All outbound customers will be picked up or let off along Washington Street, one block east of the outbound stations.

The full length of the rail line will be reopening with the start of service Sunday, Oct. 12.

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Oct. 2, 2014
Metro Seeking Mechanics and Technicians

Immediate Openings Available

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro is currently looking to add to its workforce by hiring qualified mechanics who are seeking steady employment, good starting pay with guaranteed increases, a clean, safe environment, along with a comprehensive benefit package.

Interested individuals should attend an Open House, Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Metro Cold Spring Bus Maintenance Office, 1581 Michigan Avenue, 2nd floor. A Comprehensive Skills Test will be administered promptly at noon for interested applicants.

Applications and job descriptions can be viewed and downloaded at nfta.com.

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Sept. 26, 2014
Amherst Buffalo Transit Options to be Presented

Opportunity for Review and Comment

Buffalo, NY . . .An informal, informational workshop to outline the progress of the Transit Options Amherst-Buffalo Analysis will take place Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Allen Hall, Room 100, University at Buffalo South Campus, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today.

Transit Options Amherst-Buffalo is a study to assess and improve transit connections between Amherst and Buffalo. The community is invited to attend anytime between 4 and 8 p.m. to review display materials and provide comment on various public transportation alternatives for the area connecting Buffalo and Amherst that are being presented. The evaluation criteria being used, along with the screening process and the results achieved thus far will also be on display.

“New bus service, rail extensions, bus rapid transit or something else altogether are all on the table,” said Kimberley A. Minkel, the NFTA's Executive Director. “Now is the perfect time in this process for people to learn, question and make their comments known.”

Enhanced access to the building is available on the Main Street side of the facility. Metro riders can use Routes 5, 8, 12, 13, 19, 44, 47, 48, or Metro Rail to attend the program.

Information on the analysis can be found online at to.nfta.com and comments can be emailed to the NFTA at to@nfta.com. Also follow the process on Facebook.

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Aug. 29, 2014
Metro Seeking Bus Operators

Immediate Openings Available

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its Metro Bus division is sponsoring an Open House Wednesday, Sept. 10, in an effort to recruit individuals interested in full-time employment as a MetroLink bus operator.

Metro is currently looking for qualified bus operators seeking steady employment, guaranteed wage increases, along with a comprehensive benefit package.

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, a NYS commercial driver's license, Class B minimum with passenger and air break endorsements or a permit for same with the ability to obtain a full license within eight weeks of employment.

The Open House will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Metro's Babcock Station, 721 New Babcock Street, Buffalo, NY.

Interested individuals may download an application at nfta.com or during the Open House.

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Aug. 25, 2014
Metro Announces Modifications to Two Bus Routes

New Flex Service to be Introduced on Route 57

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its Board of Commissioners has approved the enactment of service adjustments to Metro Routes 27 and 57, which will commence Sunday, Aug. 31 and Tuesday, Sept. 2 respectively.

Two public hearings were held to gauge public response to proposals to eliminate Route 27 Wende service based on a history of low ridership and replacing Route 57 Tonawandas with a fixed route flex service pilot program to more effectively serve this specific area.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “The public hearing process gave us the opportunity to listen to our customers before any changes were made. In each case, based on feedback we received, modifications were made to our original proposals that address the concerns expressed for each route. As a result, we now have a better product going forward.”

ROUTE 57 FLEX TONAWANDAS
The vast majority of the comments regarding the proposal to eliminate the current route structure and replace it with fixed route flex pilot service were favorable and supportive of the proposed new innovative service.

The new flex service will provide the reliability of a fixed route schedule, coupled with the convenience of curb-to-curb service for Paratransit customers. One pre-scheduled Flex trip (travels off route) to accommodate Paratransit customers can be made within a three-quarter mile radius of the fixed route. Only one Flex trip will be scheduled per regular trip. Per Metro policy, Paratransit riders ride fixed route service free. Requests for curb-to-curb Route 57 Flex service can be made starting Saturday, Aug. 30 by calling 855-6399. Service commences Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The expanded route will serve a Walmart Supercenter, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, two Tops Markets, Main & Niagara Metro Transit Center, affordable housing locations, Mid-City Plaza, Niagara Falls International Airport, city halls, libraries and schools in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.

ROUTE 27 WENDE
Concerns were expressed at the hearings and in writing regarding the complete elimination of Route 27 and the adverse impact on accessing jobs, inmate visits and the release process at the Erie County Correctional facility.

In response to those concerns, rather than eliminating the route completely, the board approved a reduction from five to three round trips to continue serving the correctional facility and will extend the route to serve Transit Road between Genesee Street and Main Street to accommodate requests of Metro customers commuting to work.

Both routes will be evaluated through February 2015, as part of Metro's annual performance review process and will be discontinued if ridership or productivity guidelines are not met.

Complete details on these route changes and all Metro routes and schedules can be found at nfta.com.

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Aug. 5, 2014
Airport Executives Convening in Buffalo

Buffalo Airport to Host Aviation Conference Economic Impact Pegged at $600,000

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives will hold its annual gathering at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., Buffalo, NY August 9-13.

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport will play host to the 56th Annual NEC/AAAE Conference aptly named "Wings Over Buffalo." The conference, which is expected to attract close to 300 participants, provides for professional development and sharing of industry knowledge. It includes a half dozen educational sessions featuring leading airport and aviation executives and senior FAA officials. The gathering will also include floor exhibits representing airport suppliers and manufactures.

William R. Vanecek, BNIA Aviation Director, said, “We are extremely proud to be hosting this meaningful aviation conference in Buffalo for the first time. It provides an opportunity to showcase our region's cultural, architectural and historic gems to visitors from all over the country at a time when downtown is bursting with development and excitement.”

Scott McMahon, NEC/AAAE President said, “The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives is excited to be bringing its membership to the City of Buffalo for its annual conference. As the long time host of the chapter's International Aviation Snow Symposium in April every year, we are thrilled to come back and experience everything the city and region have to offer our members in the summer. After the winter that the northeast experienced this past year, we could not have picked a better venue to bring our membership together, to share lessons learned and discuss the current state of aviation in our region.”

Sunday, Aug. 10, starting at 1 p.m. Vanecek will welcome the attendees at the opening ceremony and present a proclamation from the Erie County Legislature proclaiming the week of August 10-15 as NEC/AAAE Week in Buffalo.

General sessions , conducted by leading airport and aviation experts commence Sunday, Aug. 10. The sessions will cover topics such as providing an update on related FAA topics, New Technologies and Innovations within the Aviation Industry, Industry Trends/What to Expect in the Short Term, Efficiencies in Running Airport Operations, Talent Management and an Update on SMS rule making/Panel of Airport Pilot Program Participants/Implementation Strategies.

The Keynote speaker of the conference will be Ted Black , President, Buffalo Sabres. He will address the group at the Corporate Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday, Aug. 12, starting at 12:15 p.m. in the hotel's Grand Hall. Mr. Black is expected to speak at 1:30 p.m.

Exhibitors attending this year's conference will include Oshkosh Corp., Wausau Equipment Company, Inc., Signature Flight Support, MB Companies, Sherwin Industries, McFarland Johnson, Team Eagle, LTD, Transystems Corp., Zodiac Aerospace, ProDIGIQ, SES, Inc., Everbridge, Systems Atlanta, Infax, Inc., Green Beans Coffee, Baltimore Washington International Airport and Tymetal Corp.

Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization for airport executives, representing thousands of airport management personnel at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support airports. AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C. and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities including training, meetings and conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

The Northeast Chapter of American Association of Airport Executives is the first regional chapter of the AAAE. It was formed to assist in the further development of the AAAE and to foster a better understanding of airport related problems within the geographical confines of the chapter. It is made up of managers, commission and board members, engineers and others interested in the development and operation of airports located in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.

Ralfa Musialowski, BNIA Marketing Manager will be the media contact during the conference. The media is welcome to attend any of the programs. She can be reached at 716-870-3431 or via email at ralfa_musialowski@nfta.com to assist in arranging interviews or to answer questions.

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Aug. 4, 2014
Metro Announces Bus Service to the Erie County Fair and Exposition

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro buses will provide service to the Erie County Fair & Exposition August 6-17, via the 14 Abbott and 16 South Park routes.

Weekdays, Route 14 buses start departing for the fair from Mohawk and Washington, starting at 7:55 a.m. with departures from the fair starting at 9:20 a.m. and ending at 11:05 p.m.

Saturdays, the first 14 Abbott departs downtown at 7:30 a.m. with departures from the fair starting at 9:32 a.m. and ending at 11:05 p.m.

Sundays, Route 14 departures leave downtown starting at 8:30 a.m. and begin leaving the fair at 9:35 a.m. and ending at 11:05 p.m.

Weekdays, Route 16 buses start leaving from Mohawk and Washington, starting at 12:45 p.m. with departures from the grounds starting at 2:17 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

Saturdays, the first Route 16 departs downtown at 8 a.m. and begin departing the grounds at 8:29 a.m. and ending at 6:58 p.m.

Sundays, Route 16 starts departing downtown at 10 a.m. with departures from the fair starting at 11:04 a.m. and ending at 5:04 p.m.

In addition, Route 36 Hamburg will operate regular weekday and Saturday service with extended trips via McKinley Parkway that will service the McKinley Parkway entrance.

All Metro route maps, schedules and fare information can be found at www.nfta.com.

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July 16, 2014
Metro Rail to Operate Modified Service

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today the above ground portion of its Metro Rail system will be shutdown July 18-20. The City of Buffalo will be relocating overheard catenary cables to new poles near Fountain Plaza, as work continues to return cars to Main Street.

During this period, Metro Rail will continue to carry customers between University station and Allen Medical Campus station. In lieu of above ground rail service, Metro will operate circulator bus service from Allen Medical Campus station to the Erie Canal Harbor station for customers traveling along this section of Main Street. Shuttles will operate in each direction approximately every 15 minutes.

Directional signs will be in place at Allen Medical station and bus stop passenger alert signs will be posted at all stops along Pearl Street and Washington Street noting where shuttle buses will stop.

Inbound, buses will travel between Allen Medical Campus and Erie Canal Harbor stations by way of Pearl Street. All inbound customers will be picked up or let off along Pearl Street, a block west of the inbound stations.

Outbound, circulators will operate from Erie Canal Harbor station to Allen Medical Campus station by way of Washington Street. All outbound customers will be picked up or let off along Washington Street, one block east of the outbound stations.

The full length of the rail line will be open with the start of service Monday, July 21. At this time, single tracking operations will be moved from the inbound track to the outbound side to facilitate the continuing work being done to return cars to Main Street.

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July 2, 2014
Metro Rail to Extend Service July 4th

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will operate a Sunday schedule and extend service Friday, July 4 to accommodate people attending the festivities at the Central Wharf of the Erie Canal Harbor.

Metro Rail will extend service up to one hour after the conclusion of the fireworks, which are anticipated to start at 10:15 p.m. Train service will run continuously, making stops at all stations during the extended service period, unless determined otherwise by a Metro supervisor.

Metro bus and rail schedules can be accessed online at nfta.com.

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June 23, 2014
NFTA to Conduct Public Hearings Regarding Metro Services

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is seeking public comment June 25 and 26 on proposals to adjust Metro bus service on Route 27 Wende and Route 57 Tonawandas. The hearings will focus on replacing existing Route 57 Tonawandas with fixed route flex pilot service to improve performance levels and discontinue Route 27 Wende as a result of historically low ridership. This process allows Metro to continually evaluate its service delivery in an effort to provide the most efficient public transit network possible. The public hearings are scheduled as follows:
Wednesday, June 25 at 6 p.m.
Cheektowaga Central High School Cafeteria
3600 Union Rd., Cheektowaga, NY

Thursday, June 26 at 5 p.m.
North Tonawanda City Hall Council Chambers
216 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, NY

Comments or emails received no later than Thursday, June 26 will also be considered. Comments should be sent to NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, Attn: Service Planning Department or emailed to planning@nfta.com.

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June 19, 2014
DUMP THE PUMP DAY

Buffalo, NY . . . As gas prices approach $4 a gallon and with environmental concerns on people's mind, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro is joining with other public transportation systems nationwide in promoting the Ninth Annual Dump the Pump Day, Thursday, June 19.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, Dump the Pump Day is a call to action to encourage people to ride public transportation, thus reducing the consumption of gasoline and reducing their carbon footprint.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “Metro bus and rail play a vital role in helping to reduce harmful emissions by reducing the number of cars on our highways and lessening the cost of transportation for thousands of people in our community each day. People can help make a difference by riding Metro and encouraging their friends and family to do so as well.”

To encourage people to leave the cars keys on the table Thursday, Metro personnel with assistance from Citizens for Regional Transit and the Sierra Club Niagara offered morning Metro commuters a free USA Today newspaper, and a Metro Extra's Card redeemable for discounts at over 20 local establishments, in additional to various pieces of Metro rider information will be available throughout the day.

Each weekday Metro bus and rail provides 110,000 boardings, which help people arrive safely at school, work and medical appointments or to just visit family. The past 12-months there have been 26 million boardings on Metro buses and trains. With the build out of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, the new Harbor Center at Canalside, the construction of the new UB Medical School being built atop Metro's Allen Medical station and people opting to live downtown, Metro will play an even larger role in the development of our city going forward.

Muhammed Sam Sumbundu, a Student Council Representative at Buffalo State College who enjoys using Metro to get to and from school said, “I take Metro because it's convenient and it gets me to school and work a lot quicker than when I drive. Plus, I love having the opportunity to interact with the great people of our city.”

People are coming onboard and finding favor with Metro services each and every day. Bonita R. Durand, NFTA Commissioner and Chairwoman of the NFTA's Public Transit Committee said, “If we are going to make a lasting impact on reducing our dependency on foreign oil, then we all must commit well past today to get out of our cars and use alternative methods of travel in a sustainable way going forward.”

Lynn Magdol, a loyal Metro customer from Buffalo said, “I don't have to search for parking or use my gas. The bus leaves me near the library, the bank or a place for lunch and shopping.”

Pauline Bentkowski, from Angola buys her monthly pass through the Metro Perk program from her employer. She takes Route 76 to work each day and says, “My Metro pass saves me over $3,000 annually in fuel and parking, not to mention reducing wear and tear on my car.”

Metro has 18 Park & Rides, allowing riders to park free and ride all day. Full-service transportation centers in both downtown Buffalo and Niagara County mean easy transfers. Metro also offers 16 express routes, which make fewer stops, resulting in quicker trips. Used as a system, Metro stretches across Erie and Niagara Counties.

Buffalo resident Debbie Bowers, a Paratransit customer commented, “PAL provides me with an opportunity to get around. Because of PAL, I don't have to walk in the snow, which helps prevent me from a possible injury.”

Public transportation reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions without reducing the mobility so vital to our nation's economic health and our citizens' quality of life. The increasing cost of fuel makes driving private vehicles even more prohibitive for many. According to APTA's Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on the average, more than $10,174 a year by downsizing to one car.

By reducing the growth in vehicles miles of travel and supporting more efficient land use patterns, public transportation can reduce harmful CO2 emissions by 37 million tons annually. One person with a 20-mile round trip commute who switches from driving to public transit can reduce their daily carbon emissions by 20 pounds or more than 4,800 pounds in a year.

As part of the NFTA's Go Green initiative, 98 hybrid electric buses are currently carrying passengers throughout Buffalo Niagara. The two-mode hybrid system produces 90 percent less hydrocarbon, 90 percent less carbon monoxide emissions, 50 percent less nitrogen oxides than conventional diesel buses, and lowers particulate emissions (tiny pieces of soot and dust) by up to 90 percent.

Metro's hybrids are achieving 5.5 miles per gallon, compared to 2.9 miles per gallon for buses they are replacing, a 90 percent savings and a 30 percent improvement when compared to the fleet's average.

Commissioner Durand added, "Metro was always clearly a bargain, but as the price of gas increases with each passing day, it's becoming even more clearly the wise economic choice. People don't have to pay $3.85 plus for one gallon of gas when they can buy a Day Pass for $5 and ride Metro bus and rail all over Erie and Niagara Counties all day long and reduce their carbon footprint at the same time.”

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May 23, 2014
NFTA Metro Extends CRAM Pass Program for Summer

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that, it is extending its Metro CRAM Pass program into the summer this year to accommodate current college participants through a new pilot program.

Students enrolled in summer classes at Buffalo State and Canisius College are now eligible to purchase a summer Metro pass, which provides unlimited access June 1 through Aug. 22, 2014.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “We are pleased to extend our college program to assist the many students who depend on Metro during the summer for their transportation.”

The $60 summer CRAM pass is now available from administrative offices at participating colleges. Students can use their summer CRAM pass to commute to school, work or anywhere else Metro services without having to pay additional fees. Valid college photo college ID is required for use with the summer pass.

All Metro maps and schedules can be found online at nfta.com/metro.

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May 23, 2014
Niagara Falls International Airport to Host Public Workshop

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is inviting residents from local communities to attend the first public meeting to review details of the Niagara Falls International Airport Sustainable Master Plan, Wednesday, June 4.

The workshop will be held in the Niagara Falls International Airport, 2035 Niagara Falls Blvd., on the lower level from 6-8 p.m. Free parking will be available in the general passenger lots for those attending the meeting. Refreshments will be served.

William R. Vanecek, NFTA Director of Aviation said, “We welcome the opportunity to work with the Niagara community to help craft a Master Plan that ensures the airport will increase its positive economic impact for the region, while simultaneously creating a positive experience for all users of the facility.

McFarland Johnson, the NFIA Master Plan consultants, along with representatives from the NFTA will be present to host the interactive workshop and discuss the draft findings to date.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for interested citizens from neighboring communities to learn about and contribute feedback regarding potential future development at the airport. Materials for the 20-year planning horizon will include an overview of existing facilities, forecasts of aviation activity, facility requirements and environmental findings.

This will be the first of two public meetings associated with this project. A second meeting will occur in the fall of this year.

For additional information contact Mark Clark, NFTA Sr. Aviation Planner at 630-6133 or via email at mark_clark@nfta.com.

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May 6, 2014
NFTA Receives Gold Standard Honor From TSA

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that they are one of six rail and mass transit agencies from across the nation to earn the Transportation Security Administration's highest rating of “Gold Standard” on their 2013 Baseline Assessments for security enhancement for their dedication to building a strong security program.

The BASE program is designed to establish a security standard for individual system security programs and assess progress. This voluntary comprehensive review of transit agency security programs focuses on multiple categories identified by the transit community as fundamentals for a sound transit security program. They include a review of topics such as an agency's security plans, security training, drills/exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs. The BASE program analyzes the security program for each transit system and identifies opportunities to further enhance security.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “I am extremely proud of our dedicated team who work each day to ensure our Metro transit system and facilities are safe and secure for our customers and employees. This honor recognizes and validates the extent of their collective efforts.”

These agencies are to be commended for their commitment and hard work that this level of achievement requires and for their continued dedication to ensure the security of travelers nationwide,” said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.

These agencies were reviewed in 2013 and attained high scores across all categories. TSA considered this caliber of performance as reaching a “Gold Standard” and recognized them for having strong security programs. The TSA continues to work with all transit agencies across the country to develop and implement robust security practices system-wide.

In addition to the NFTA, the other five agencies recognized for achieving the Gold Standard in 2013 are: Sound Transit (Seattle, WA), Hampton Roads Transit (Hampton, VA), South Florida Regional Transportation Authority/Tri-Rail (Pompano, FL), Valley Metro (Phoenix, AZ) and Capital District Transportation Authority (Albany, NY).

In addition to these six agencies, there have been 37 others that have previously earned the Gold Standard Award level of security since 2010.

The BASE program was developed to increase domain awareness, enhance prevention and protection capabilities and further response preparedness of transit systems nationwide. BASE is aimed at meeting the requirements in the 9/11 Commission Act's security assessment section, which directs TSA to identify critical assets, infrastructure and systems and their vulnerabilities and assist bus and public transportation authorities to address their security programs.

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May 2, 2014
Metro Trolley Service Will be Offered to Hotel and Motel Guests

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro will once again provide complementary trolley service to guests staying at participating Niagara Falls motels and hotels beginning Friday, May 16. Route 55T trolley buses will serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

Service will operate Friday-Sunday, May 16 - 31 and Monday through Sunday, June 1 - Oct. 31. The service will operate from 9 a.m. until midnight and on all holidays.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, said, “We are pleased to once again be collaborating with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and the Niagara Falls Hotel Association to offer transportation passes to people visiting the Cataract City. The trolleys will easily connect people to the many wonderful attractions the city has to offer.”

Patrons will receive their trolley day passes that are affixed with a sequential tracking number, upon request at participating hotels and motels. The trolley pass, supported by the local bed tax, allows pass holders free access to the trolley service, and the entire Metro Bus and Rail system in Niagara and Erie counties. Passes must be validated in Niagara County and may be used anytime on the date the trolley pass is punched by the Metro operator.

Individuals without a trolley day pass may ride the service by paying Metro's regular adult fare of $2, $1 for children (5-11 yrs.), seniors (65 yrs. and over), disabled and Medicare clients with valid I.D. All other Metro passes are also valid. Children four and under ride free, limit three children per fare paying adult.

Special Route 55T trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a trolley. In downtown Niagara Falls, Route 55T trolley stops are located at The Aquarium of Niagara, Rainbow Blvd., The Seneca Niagara Casino at 4th Street between Wendel Way and Duggan Street Main entrance. Service will also be provided to hotels and shops along 3rd Street, Rainbow Blvd. and Buffalo Street.

In addition, stops are located at the City Market on Pine Avenue and 17th Street, the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, several motels along Niagara Falls Boulevard and the Como Restaurant in Little Italy on Pine Avenue and 22nd Street.

All Metro route maps and schedules can be found online at nfta.com/metro, including trolley maps and schedules.

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April 14, 2014
Cox Named NFTA's New CFO

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that John T. Cox has been appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer for the authority.

As CFO he will report to the NFTA's board of commissioners with functional responsibility to the executive director and become a member of the director's management team. His duties will include formulating the strategic financial plan of the authority and act as an advisor on all financial matters pertaining to developing innovative cost containment measures and revenue enhancements for all of the business centers within the authority.

Cox, 43, was Deputy Director of Finance I Accounting, for the City of Rochester, NY, for the past two years. His duties included supervising and participating in the preparation of various financial statements and reports, the city's annual update document and annual general purpose financial statements, in addition to the comprehensive annual financial report for the city.

Prior employment included Comptroller/Director of Finance, City of Binghamton, NY, from 2007-2012, where he oversaw the cash management and investment strategies of the city and collaborated with the mayor and department heads to formulate the city's annual budget.

He earned his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in 1992 and a master's degree in accounting from Binghamton University in 2003.

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April 3, 2014
Metro Rail to Operate Modified Service Saturday and Sunday
Above Ground Section Will Not be Operating

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, the above ground portion of the Metro Rail system will be closed due to construction related to the City of Buffalo’s project to return cars to Main Street.

During this period, Metro will operate circulator bus service from Allen Medical Campus station to the Erie Canal Harbor station for customers traveling along this section of Main Street. Two shuttles will operate in each direction approximately every 15 minutes.

Inbound, buses will travel between Allen Medical Campus and Erie Canal Harbor stations by way of Pearl Street. All inbound customers will be picked up or let off along Pearl Street, a block west of the inbound stations.

Outbound, circulators will operate from Erie Canal Harbor station to Allen Medical Campus station by way of Washington Street. All outbound customers will be picked up or let off along Washington Street, one block east of the outbound stations.

A Saturday/Sunday schedule will apply for the underground train service that will operate during this period, though there may be delays in service.

Exception . . .Saturday, April 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. the entire line will reopen and Metro Rail will resume single tracking service. Passengers will not be required to change trains at Church Station, as has been the procedure since March 30. The full length will remain open for the remainder of the evening.

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March 28, 2014
NFTA and Longshoremen's Association Local 2028 Agree on New Four-Year Labor Deal

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that its board of commissioners has approved a new four year collective bargaining agreement between the NFTA and the International Longshoremen's Association Local 2028 for the period April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2018.

Local 2028, the NFTA's fourth largest union represents 55 employees who perform functions in the authority's engineering, accounting, payroll, public affairs, MIS, grants and government affairs departments.

Under the terms of the agreement, members of the bargaining unit will received a 2 percent increase in base salary for each of the four years covered in the agreement. The new pact will allow members who have exhausted all sick, vacation and personal leave to request establishment of a sick bank in their name for use in a verified illness or extended emergency situation. In addition, members will participate in the authority's new High Deductible Health Plan.

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March 27, 2014
Metro Rail to Operate Abbreviated Service March 29, Single Tracking set to Begin March 30

As work related to the City of Buffalo's project to return vehicles to Main Street continues, Metro Rail will begin modified service Saturday, March 29, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announces today.

Saturday, March 29, demolition work will commence to remove the steel arches that span the track bed at Fountain Plaza station. This will require Metro Rail to delay providing service on the above ground section until 1 p.m. During this time Metro will operate circulator bus service from Allen Medical Campus station to Erie Canal Harbor station for customers traveling along this section of Main Street.

Inbound, a bus will travel between Allen Medical Campus and Erie Canal Harbor stations by way of Pearl Street. All inbound customers will be picked up or let off along pearl Street, a block west of the inbound stations.

Outbound, the circulator will operate from Erie Canal Harbor station to Allen Medical Campus station by way of Washington Street. All outbound customers will be picked up or let off along Washington Street, one block east of the outbound stations.

A Saturday schedule will apply for the underground train service that will operate during this period, though there may be delays in service.

Sunday, March 30, Metro Rail will begin modified, single track service for approximately six months. While the street is under construction, so as to prevent future disruptions in service, crews will work simultaneously to replace 30-year old rail, track foundation and associated subsystems in the 500 Block, with new track and pre-fabricated concrete panels.

During this period passengers will be required to transfer from one train to another at the Church Street station in order to continue their trip on the train. Rail service will operate using a 20 minute schedule, which will be available online at nfta.com and at rail stations.

Metro Rail customers with disabilities, especially those using a mobility device, will be required to follow special boarding procedures that will be in place during this time. Instructions will be communicated through Instant Update messages, Metro's Advisory Committee for the Disabled, Citizens Advisory Committee, advocacy agencies, a special Metro Rail construction schedule, at nfta.com and notices posted at the operating rail stations. In addition, customers can call Customer Care at 855-7211 for additional information.

Metro's $1.1 million track bed improvement project is being performed by Mark Cerrone, Inc., Niagara Falls, NY.

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Feb. 13 2014
Metro Rail Improvement Project to Commence

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that starting Tuesday, Feb. 18, construction will begin to replace the overhead catenary cable and insulation in the Metro Rail tunnel between Allen Medical Station and Humboldt Hospital Station.

As a result, Metro Rail will operate single track service from the 18th, through Saturday, March 15. Regular rail service is expected to commence with the start of service Sunday, March 16.

During this time all passengers will board the train at the same platform from Allen Medical Station to Humboldt Hospital Station, regardless of whether traveling inbound or outbound.

Customers are advised to follow the way finding signs in the stations and to check the directional sign on the front and side of the railcars to confirm the direction the train is traveling. University indicates outbound and Erie Canal Harbor indicates inbound travel. In addition, there will be announcements at platform level, indicating the direction the train is traveling. Delays of between six to 15 minutes can be expected from the normal schedule.

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Jan. 27, 2014
Metro Seeking Bus Operators

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its Metro Bus division is sponsoring an Open House Thursday, Jan. 30, in an effort to recruit individuals interested in full-time employment as a MetroLink bus operator.

Metro is currently looking for qualified bus operators seeking steady employment, guaranteed wage increases, along with a comprehensive benefit package.

Candidates must be 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, a NYS commercial driver's license, Class B minimum with passenger and air break endorsements or a permit for same with the ability to obtain a full license within eight weeks of employment.

The Open House will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Metro's Frontier Station, 1000 Military Road, Buffalo.

Interested individuals may download an application at nfta.com or during the Open House.

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Jan. 24, 2014
Arrest Made at Buffalo Niagara International Airport

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police arrested a female at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport this morning and charged her with possession of a Forged Instrument in the second degree.

Lilibeth Lahitte, 24, of Tampa, Fla. was found to have over $30,000 in gift cards, two stolen credit cards, various pieces of expensive jewelry and bottles of top shelf liquor in her checked suitcase.

As the suitcase was being screened prior to it being placed on the plane it triggered an alarm, which resulted in the suitcase being hand screened by TSA personnel, who then contacted NFTA police.

The suspect was located and detained by NFTA officers at a Southwest gate as she waited for a flight to Tampa and further investigation lead to her arrest on two felony charges. She was taken into custody and transported to Cheektowaga Town Court where she will be arraigned Friday, Jan. 24.

The U.S. Secret Service and Drug Enforcement Administration are assisting in the investigation.

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Jan. 24, 2014
NFTA and International Longshoremen's Association Local 1949 Agree on New Labor Agreement

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its board of commissioners has approved a new seven-year collective bargaining agreement between the NFTA and the International Longshoremen's Association Local 1949 for the period of April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2018.

The Longshoremen's Local 1949 represents 130 employees who are responsible for service and maintenance at the Buffalo Niagara and Niagara Falls International Airports, port operations, the Metropolitan and Niagara Falls Transportation Centers, Operations Control Center and NFTA Police Headquarters.

Under the terms of the seven-year agreement, members of the bargaining unit will receive no increase in year one, and increases of 2 percent retroactive to April 1, 2012, in years two through seven, with the exception of FY 4.1.14/3.31.15, when salaries will increase 2.25 percent.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director commented, “I am pleased we were able to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with this collective bargaining unit to provide annual wage increases to the dedicated members of this union through fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.

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Jan. 7, 2014
Metro Bus & Rail Service Information

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has announced the following storm related modifications to Metro bus and rail service:

Metro Rail will continue to operate throughout the day and evening.

Metro routes #14, 15, 16, 36, 42, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, have suspended service for the remainder of today.

Metro routes #1, 2, 4, 6, 22, 26, 32 will only operate to the city line as of now.

Metro routes #1, 2, 4, 6, 19, 32 will discontinue service as of 5 p.m.

Metro routes #22 & 26 will continue operating to the city line past 5 p.m.

All routes not listed will continue providing service throughout the day, but probably will be running late due to the storm.

All Metro employees are asked to report to their respective locations as scheduled.

Metro is planning to provide as much service as possible Wednesday, Jan. 8, based on the weather conditions. Please check online at nfta.com/metro for the latest Rider Alerts.

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Dec. 30, 2013
Metro Rail to Extend Service for New Year's Eve Ball Drop

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will extend service an additional two hours Tuesday, Dec. 31, to accommodate passengers attending the Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop at Roosevelt Square and the downtown First Night Buffalo celebration.

Train service will run continuously, making stops at all stations during the extended service period. Trains will be on 20 minute intervals, with special trains intermingled as needed. It may be necessary to suspend service for a time due to the anticipated large crowd that gathers near the track bed in front of Roosevelt Square prior to the ball drop.

The last train is scheduled to leave Erie Canal Harbor Station heading outbound to University Station at 2 a.m., New Year's Day following the events.

All Metro bus and rail schedules are available at nfta.com/metro, in addition to an interactive service map and a trip planner. Also, Metro has Where's my bus? information available to assist passengers.

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Dec. 23, 2013
NFTA and Teamsters Local 264 Reach Accord on a New Labor Agreement

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its board of commissioners has approved a new five-year collective bargaining agreement between the NFTA and Teamsters Local 264-Transportation Supervisors for the period April 2, 2012, through March 31, 2017.

Teamsters Local 264 represents transportation supervisors who are responsible for frontline supervision of Metro's bus and rail operations. Under the terms of the agreement, members of the bargaining unit will receive an equity adjustment Jan. 1, 2014, and a salary increase of 2 percent for each of the next three fiscal years starting April 1, 2014.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “I am pleased that we were able to reach an amicable agreement that provides both an equity adjustment and annual raises for the hard working members of this union, while protecting the financial stability of the authority going forward."

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Dec. 19, 2013
NFTA - Metro Provide Real-time Bus Info Online

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced it has upgraded the Metro Bus and Rail website site to include a new interactive map and bus tracking information. The “Where's My Bus?” feature allows users to find out when the next bus is arriving using a smartphone, while at any stop, on any route.

“Where's My Bus?” is actually two Web-based programs using the same data, one designed for mobile devices - nfta.com will automatically detect a phone or pad - and one designed for computers with larger screens. The later gives users a map view of the area, showing where buses are along a given route. The former is streamlined for phones. “Where's My Bus?” on a mobile device gives users a minute-by-minute countdown to a bus's arrival.

“This technology is a big advantage to our riders,” the NFTA's Director of Public Transit, Thomas George said. “Being able to know when your next bus is coming makes using Metro much easier. This is valuable information accessible where and when our customers need it most.”

Metro's new system map depicts its entire service area, but allows users to view just the routes they chose. Users can see what buses or Metro Rail serve what parts of Erie and Niagara Counties, and help them plan commutes using Metro.

All of the new technology is available at nfta.com, in the Metro section.

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Dec. 12, 2013
Santa and His Helpers to Ride Metro Bus

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Santa will be visiting Amherst Sunday, Dec. 15, and he's going to use a Metro Bus to see just how well everyone is behaving this holiday season.

Santa and his helpers will ride Metro Route 34 from the Boulevard Mall (the Metro bus stop in front of TGIF's restaurant) to University Station and back. Santa will be handing out trinkets and candy canes along the way. His schedule is as follows:

10:32 a.m. from the Boulevard Mall to University Station
10:55 a.m. from University Station to Boulevard Mall
11:02 a.m. from the Boulevard Mall to University Station
11:25 a.m. from University Station to Boulevard Mall

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Dec. 12, 2013
NFTA to Hold Public Meeting on Niagara St. Bus Priority and Corridor Design

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced it will host a meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17 to provide information regarding the Niagara Street Bus Priority and Corridor Design Project.

The $4.5 million public transit improvement project will create a “high-quality transit corridor” from City Hall at Niagara Square to the intersection of Niagara and Ontario streets.

This first public meeting will be held at the Holy Cross School, 150 Maryland St. from 6 to 8 p.m. with the agenda focusing specifically on the section of Niagara Street, from Niagara Square to Porter Avenue. The community is encouraged to attend.

The evening will provide an overview, open discussion regarding existing conditions and present draft recommendations for Metro bus shelters and stops in the area. A brief presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Metro staff, and the consultant team from Bergmann Associates and Highland Planning, will be on hand seeking input from the public.

Metro's Director of Public Transit, Thomas George said, “The consultants have reviewed existing conditions on Niagara St., including bus stop ridership and the existing bus shelter locations. New shelter proposals may include amenities such as lighting, 'Next Bus' information signs, advertisements and perhaps wireless networking.”

Using input from the meeting, the consultants will finalize bus shelter locations and design. Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2014. The Niagara Street Bus Priority and Corridor Design Project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration.

Questions regarding the project can be directed to:
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
Metro Surface Transportation Department
181 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
or
info@nfta.com or 716-855-7300.

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Dec. 5, 2013
Transportation Center to Host Annual Holiday Performers

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that The Sounds of the Season holiday performances will be returning to the downtown bus terminal (181 Ellicott St.) beginning Thursday, Dec. 5, compliments of musical ensembles from five local schools.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA's Executive Director said, ““With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season now upon us I hope the festive sounds of music and song being performed by the students will be enjoyed by all as they pass through the terminal.”

The following schools will be participating on the date and time indicated:

December 5 2 p.m. Mt. Mercy Academy

December 10 11 a.m. Our Lady of Black Rock School

December 17 11:30 p.m. Visit from Santa

12 p.m. South Park High School - Group 1

12:45 p.m. South Park High School - Group 2

December 19 11 a.m. Randolph Academy

December 20 8:30 a.m. Akron High School - Roaming Santa Band will perform for 15 minutes

Each performance will feature between 15 and 45 students who will entertain for 30 to 40 minutes. The community is welcome to attend and enjoy this holiday tradition.

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Nov. 14, 2013
Transit Options Amherst-Buffalo Study Kicks Off With Two Open Workshops

A study of public transportation needs in the Amherst-Buffalo corridor commences with two workshops, open to the public, sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transit Council.

Transit Options Amherst-Buffalo is a study to assess and improve transit connections between Amherst and Buffalo. This corridor currently boasts Metro's highest transit ridership in the region, and demand is expected to grow. A number of significant development projects have already begun in the corridor, with more slated to begin soon. In response, Transit Options will look at a variety of advancements, from new bus service, rail extensions, bus rapid transit or something else all together.

“This study is different,” Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “We are starting off with substantial public outreach. We want to hear ideas, directions and concerns from everyone with a stake in public transportation in this corridor. This is a great chance for the community to help define transit for the years to come.”

The first public workshop will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m. at St. Leo the Great School, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. The school is near Metro Bus Route 35 and there is enhanced access at the east driveway side of the school.

The second will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m., Allen Hall, Room 100, University at Buffalo South Campus, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo. Enhanced access is available on the Main St. side of the building. Metro riders can use Routes 5, 8, 12, 13, 19, 44, 47, 48, or Metro Rail.

There are presentations at 5:30 and 7 p.m., but participants are welcome anytime, for any duration. More information is available at to.nfta.com or by calling 855-7300.

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Nov. 12, 2013
Metro Seeking Bus Operators

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its Metro Bus division is sponsoring an Open House Thursday, Nov. 14 in an effort to recruit individuals to fill available MetroLink operator positions.

Metro is currently looking for qualified bus operators seeking steady employment, guaranteed wage increases, along with a comprehensive benefit package.

Candidates must be 21 years of age, possess a high school diploma or equivalent, a NYS commercial driver's license, Class B minimum with passenger and air break endorsements or a permit for same with the ability to obtain a full license within eight weeks of employment.

The Open House will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cold Spring bus maintenance office, 1581 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY.

Interested individuals may download an application at nfta.com or during the Open House.

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Nov. 7, 2013
Buffalo Niagara International Airport Going to the Dogs . . . Literally

Man's best friend will be making the rounds at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport through Paws for Love, a program of the SPCA serving Erie County, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today.

As part of the local SPCA Paws for Love program, volunteers bring their evaluated and approved pets to visit patients and residents in local hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and now the concept has expanded visitation to include the BNIA.

The BNIA is believed to be one of seven airports in the U.S. to offer such a program to its passengers, joining the likes of San Jose, Ft. Lauderdale, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles and Miami. The BNIA presently has 22 dogs enrolled, making it the second largest program in the country behind LA's 30. Working dogs will be easily identifiable as they meander through the terminal wearing color SPCA PFL vests with their volunteer in tow.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “Traveling can create stress and anxieties for passengers. The PFL program is an opportunity for us to provide an overall enhanced customer experience at our airport by providing stress relief and comfort to passengers through this interaction with the k-9s.”

Plans are to have two and four-legged volunteers working one-hour shifts, offering comfort to passengers both pre and post security and at baggage carousels. The dogs and their volunteers will also work in the airport's preview program, which involves airport preview visits by families with autistic or developmentally disabled children.

There is an extensive body of research regarding the overall health benefits to people when they own or come in contact with dogs and other animals. The goal of the BNIA's visitation program is to help with the anxieties of nervous passengers. According to veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker, dog therapy programs at airports started in San Jose shortly after September 11, 2001, when flights were grounded and passengers were stranded, anxious and afraid.

People who are interested and want to learn more about volunteering for the SPCA PFL program should contact program coordinator Deborah Braun, at spcapawsforlove@aol.com or call 681-0744.

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Sept. 26, 2013
Gov. Cuomo annouces new plant on waterfront

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Board of Commissioners met and approved the sale of its remaining land and property holdings on Buffalo's Outer Harbor to Gracious Living Corporation. A leading manufacturer and distributor of outdoor furniture and housewares based in Canada, Gracious Living will locate its first U.S. plant on the waterfront property, invest tens of millions of dollars in injection molding equipment and infrastructure, and create 250 new jobs in Western New York.

“Gracious Living Corporation will breathe new life into two abandoned waterfront structures and facilitate private sector investment and job growth in Western New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are pleased to welcome the company to build their first U.S. plant to serve its growing U.S. market, as we continue to foster redevelopment on Buffalo's waterfront and revive New York's manufacturing industry. Just three weeks ago, we announced a new plan to dramatically transform Buffalo's waterfront to pave the way for new investments and business opportunities, and today's sale by the NFTA is another step forward in our goal to build a world-class waterfront for the community.”

“The U.S. market is an important part of our growth plans and having a U.S. based facility demonstrates our commitment to serving and growing our U.S. customer base. We have found the state and local governments very helpful and supportive in building the case for locating our first U.S. plant in Buffalo which we appreciate and look forward to working with them going forward,” said Gracious Living President Enzo Macri.

“The sale of this property is a very sound strategic decision that follows Governor Cuomo's visionary plan for Buffalo's waterfront,” said NFTA Chairman Howard A. Zemsky. “It provides the NFTA with a global solution for exiting its waterfront property; at the same time helping to create job growth in the region and generate much needed revenue for the NFTA.”

Gracious Living Corporation, of Toronto, Canada, will receive $2 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits from the State in return for the company's job creation commitments resulting from its investment.

Port Terminal buildings A and B on Buffalo's Outer Harbor have much deferred maintenance, and the NFTA has been anxious to put these two buildings to use as a job-creating project and pass on the cost of maintaining them. Gracious Living is proposing to pay cash for these buildings to set up a plastic injection molding plant and warehouse at the site.

The approximately 49.5 acres of real property located at 901 Fuhrmann Boulevard in Buffalo will now be sold at a negotiated price of $4.7 million. Upon execution of the Disposition Agreement, Gracious Living will have a 120-day due diligence period to conduct environmental testing and other investigations.

The Niagara Frontier Port Authority purchased the property from the Ford Motor Company in 1962, and then the NFTA took it over from the Port Authority when it was formed in 1967. Over the years, the buildings have been used by Tops Markets, Euro United, Sonwil Distribution, Nano Dynamics and Empire Liquidators, but most recently have been unoccupied. The buildings have been mothballed since December 31, 2010.

The project aligns with the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council's strategy of smart growth by utilizing an aging, existing building and also promotes advanced manufacturing. The NFTA's Board of Commissioners has previously determined that ownership, operation and development of the waterfront property are not consistent with the NFTA's transportation mission. The action taken at the NFTA's monthly meeting today signals a continued commitment on the part of the commissioners to transition out of the property development business so it can fully focus on growing its public transportation sector.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, “Proving that manufacturing is still alive and well in Western New York, the long-vacant former port buildings on Buffalo's outer harbor will soon be home to a furniture manufacturer and more than 100 new jobs. Gracious Living will be utilizing the buildings, the location and our skilled local workforce to help revitalize the outer harbor. This Canadian company, which chose Buffalo as its first United States manufacturing location, is an exciting piece of the puzzle for bringing the property along Fuhrmann Boulevard back to life.”

NFTA Commissioner and Chairman of the Property Risk Management Committee Peter G. Demakos said, “I am very pleased that our determination has paid off and we are now in a position to help rejuvenate these two waterfront structures via a private sector capital investment that will stimulate meaningful employment in the region.”

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise has been working with Gracious Living since November 2012, assisting the company with site selection, workforce, access to incentives and international due diligence.

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise President & CEO Thomas Kucharski said, “Gracious Living's significant investment and job creation commitment is one more impressive announcement in a string of great advanced manufacturing projects coming to our region over the last 36 months. This project reinforces what a great economic driver our waterfront can be, especially when combined with the rest of our great manufacturing assets. We were very pleased to assist Gracious Living over the last 10 months, and I am delighted to welcome Enzo Macri and his team to Buffalo Niagara.”

Senator Mark Grisanti said, “Buffalo continues to see a surge in economic activity and Gracious Living's decision to locate at the port terminal buildings builds on that. I'm pleased that this respected Canadian company chose Buffalo's waterfront to expand its business, which will create jobs for the people of Western New York.”

Assemblyman Sean Ryan said, “Gracious Living's decision to expand in Buffalo amplifies Governor Cuomo's message that Western New York's waterfront is a valuable asset and we must work to foster its redevelopment. This manufacturer is bringing good paying jobs to our region, and demonstrating to companies across the country that Buffalo is a great place to do business.”

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “Erie County's reputation as a location for Canadian-based businesses to set up U.S. operations continues to grow with the news that Gracious Living will be establishing operations on the waterfront and bringing with them 250 new jobs. This is the type of economic development project I have been advocating for and that will grow our economy. I thank Gracious Living for their commitment to our area and I look forward to them being strong economic partners for many years to come.”

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown said, “I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his continued focus and leadership when it comes to Buffalo's waterfront development. Today is just the latest example of the Governor bringing new jobs and private investment to our city and Western New York. Buffalo's transformation continues from its neighborhoods to the waterfront.”

About Gracious Living Corporation

Established in 1990, with headquarters in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, Gracious Living Corporation is a leading Canadian manufacturer and global importer of outdoor furniture, indoor outdoor organization solutions, utility garage systems, as well as pet products accessories. The company has manufacturing and warehouse facilities in Canada and over $100 million in annual sales. Gracious Living has been serving U.S. customers from its existing Canadian manufacturing facility.

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Sept. 26, 2013
Metro Seeking Employees for Immediate Openings

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its Metro Bus division is sponsoring an Open House Saturday, Sept. 28 in an effort to recruit employees to fill open positions.

Metro currently has openings for qualified mechanics and technicians who are seeking steady employment that offers a competitive starting salary, a safe, clean working environment with a comprehensive benefit package.

The Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cold Spring bus maintenance office, 1581 Michigan Avenue, Buffalo, NY.

A comprehensive skills test will be administered at noon for interested applicants. Interested individuals may download an application at nfta.com or pick one up at the open house.

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Sept. 5, 2013
Buffalo Niagara International Airport to Have TSA Precheck

It was announced today by the Transportation Security Administration that they are expanding their expedited screening program to 60 new airports, including the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, bringing the total number of airports with TSA Precheck to 100.

The BNIA along with Albany International Airport, Greater Rochester International Airport, Syracuse Hancock International Airport and Westchester County Airport are the other New York airports to be included in the program at this time. The BNIA's dedicated TSA Pre oâ„¢ lane will be operational October 1, to simplify the security screening experience.

TSA Precheck is an expedited screening program that allows pre-approved airline travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in the BNIA's dedicated lane.

Passengers who are eligible for TSA Precheck include U.S. citizens of frequent traveler programs invited by participating airlines. Additionally, U.S. citizens who are members of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Trusted Traveler program and Canadian citizens who are members of CBP's NEXUS program qualify to participate.

Eligible passengers traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America may receive expedited screening benefits. JetBlue and Southwest are expected to begin participating when operationally ready.

If a passenger is eligible for expedited screening, a TSA Precheck indicator will be embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass so that when scanned at the checkpoint, the passenger may be referred to a TSA Precheck lane. Many participating airlines already print a TSA Precheck indicator directly on the boarding pass so passengers will know in advance they have been cleared for expedited screening. TSA will always incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport. No individual will be guaranteed expedited screening.

Travelers can check TSA.gov/TSA-Precheck for information on locations and hours of active TSA Precheck lanes.

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Sept. 4, 2013
Special Board Meeting

A special meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will be held Thursday, September 5, at 8:30 a.m. in the sixth floor boardroom at the NFTA located at 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY.

The purpose of the special meeting will be to discuss NFTA property in executive session.

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Aug. 26, 2013
Airfield Work to Begin at Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that starting Wednesday, Aug. 28 through Friday, Sept. 6; the airport's main runway will be closed from 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. allowing workers an opportunity to perform annual maintenance and repairs on the runway.

As such, all commercial flights and cargo operations will utilize the alternative or crosswind runway during this timeframe, causing flight patterns to be different during this period.

In addition, starting Saturday, Sept. 7, for 10 consecutive nights, both runways will be closed to all aviation activities from 10:45 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning to allow for repairs to be made at the intersection of the two runways.

Airfield operations are expected to return to normal Wednesday, Sept. 18.

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Aug. 9, 2013
Metro Rail Enters Phase II of Modified, Single Track Service

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Phase II of Metro Rail's Main Street trackbed renovation project will commence Sunday, August 11. This phase is expected to continue through the summer.

The work to replace the track and trackbed has been completed on the inbound section in the Theater District, and now work will shift to restore the outbound side. New track and pre-fabricated concrete panels are being installed starting at the portal, where trains enter and exit the aboveground portion of the rail line (in front of Shea's Performing Arts Center) to Chippewa Street.

As a result, single tracking rail service will be in operation and passengers will be required to transfer from one train to another at the Church Street Station in order to continue their trip on the train. During single tracking, trains will operate on approximately 20 minute intervals.

During this period of modified service, Metro Rail customers with disabilities, including those using a mobility device, need to be aware of special boarding procedures that will be in place during this time.

- Inbound from University Station through Allen Medical Station, passengers with a mobility device must board the first car if they intend to exit at any of the aboveground stations.

- Inbound from Church Street or Seneca Street Stations, passengers with a mobility device must board the last car.

- Outbound from Erie Canal Harbor or Seneca Street Stations, passengers using a mobility device must board the first car.

- Outbound customers boarding at Church Street, Lafayette or Fountain Plaza Stations using a mobility device must board the last car.

To assist customers during this project, Metro will provide special weekday shuttle bus service between downtown and University Station via Main Street. The shuttles will operate during peak times of the day, approximately from 6:30-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Metro schedules and route maps are available online at nfta.com, in addition to a special Phase II Metro Rail map.

The $1.6 million improvement project is being performed by Mark Cerrone, Inc., Niagara Falls, NY.

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June 20, 2013
Metro Rail to Operate Modified, Single Track Service

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro Rail will operate modified, single track service starting Monday, June 24, as work continues to return vehicular traffic to Main Street. The single tracking rail service is expected to continue for the next two months.

The modified service is made necessary as a result of major improvements being made to the trackbed and track in the Theater District. All new track and pre-fabricated concrete panels are being installed starting at the portal, where trains enter and exit the aboveground portion of the rail line (in front of Shea's Performing Arts Center) to Chippewa Street.

As a result of the necessity to use the single tracking method, passengers will be required to transfer from one train to another at the Church Street Station in order to continue their trip on the train. During the single tracking, trains will operate on approximately 20 minute intervals.

During this period of modified service, Metro Rail customers with disabilities, including those using a mobility device, need to be aware of special boarding procedures that will be in place during this time.

- Inbound from University Station, passengers with a mobility device must board the last car if they intend to exit at any of the aboveground stations.

- Inbound from Church Street or Seneca Street Stations, passengers with a mobility device must board the first car.

- Outbound from Erie Canal Harbor or Seneca Street Stations, passengers using a mobility device must board the last car.

- Outbound customers boarding at Church Street, Lafayette or Fountain Plaza Stations using a mobility device must board the first car.

To assist customers during this project, Metro will provide special weekday shuttle bus service between downtown and University Station via Main Street. The shuttles will operate during peak times of the day, approximately from 6:30-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Metro Rail and shuttle bus schedules along with informational maps are available online at nfta.com

The $1.6 million improvement project is being performed by Mark Cerrone, Inc., Niagara Falls, NY.

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June 13, 2013
NFTA awarded Certificate of Merit for Security by the American Public Transportation Association

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today it has been awarded a Certificate of Merit for Security by the American Public Transportation Association, for its policing initiatives as a part of the 2013 Rail Safety and Security Excellence Awards. This recognition is the result of the authority's commitment to increasing rail safety and security on its Metro Rail system. The NFTA Transit Police has made these commitments a reality; and as such, counter-terrorism has been a top priority in recent years.

The NFTA's counter-terrorism unit, which includes the largest K9 force in the region, conducts random VIPR (Visible Intermodal Protect and Respond) sweeps by screening individuals for explosive devices. The purpose of a VIPR exercise is to have a large, continual, visible police presence within the rail system to deter potential terrorist acts. This initiative combined with the vigilant support of local businesses along the 6.4 mile Metro Rail line has reduced overall crime by an impressive 20 percent this past year.

This program was made possible by a grant through the 2009 Transit Security Grant Program (ARRA funding). As of May 31, 2013, the grant has expired. The authority is currently in the process of submitting an application to renew funding, in hopes of maintaining ongoing police force efforts. Police Chief, George W. Gast stated, “The success of the counter-terrorism team was a collaborative effort between the transit police force and local transit community. It is imperative that this funding continues in order to capitalize on the effects of this program.”

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June 6, 2013
NFTA Transit Police Launch Smartphone Application

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Transit Police department introduced today a new high tech way for people to report criminal or suspicious transportation related activities via a NFTA See Say smartphone application.

With this specifically created NFTA app, people now have the ability to easily and instantly report suspicious activity to a dispatcher in the NFTA police communications center, while on a Metro bus, a train, in a rail station, at the Buffalo Niagara and Niagara Falls International Airports or at the NFTA-Boat Harbor. With just a few clicks, a person can share pictures, text and incident location in seconds.

George W. Gast, Chief of the NFTA Transit Police department said, “We are always looking for new tools to empower people to help keep our transportation facilities as safe and secure as possible. With this customized NFTA app, we are empowering everyone to be our eyes and ears. It all comes down to 'If You See Something, Say Something'.”

The NFTA police are just the fourth law enforcement agency in the U.S. to implement this smartphone application for public transit use and the very first to use it for aviation and marina use. Originally designed for use within a public transit setting, the NFTA has expanded it to include its two airports and 1,033 slip marina.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “The NFTA is serious about keeping its customers and facilities safe and secure. This new piece of technology reinforces our commitment of being in the forefront when it comes to ensuring the wellbeing of our customers, properties and employees.”

“I ride the bus to work everyday and can see how this app can be applied in so many useful ways,” said, Phil Haberstro, Executive Director of The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. “The technology contained in this app provides daily commuters like me with the ability to play an active role in the ongoing effort to maintain a safe and comfortable transit environment.”

If You See Something, Say Something promotes a collaborative effort between the NFTA police and its customers. It provides a fast, high tech way for people to communicate unruly behavior on a bus, in a Metro rail station, at the boat harbor, or a suspicious, unattended package in an airport parking lot or terminal to NFTA police. This app also provides the ability for the police to proactively communicate high priority alerts during emergency situations to everyone who have downloaded the free app. Think road closures during snowstorms or a missing person report.

The program is discrete - users may choose to send reports anonymously and a rider's smartphone flash is automatically turned off when taking a photo of someone or something suspicious. The report is routed to the console at the transit dispatch center, where a police officer then manages the report. Reports are also immediately available on the Mobile Data Terminals in all 35 patrol cars.

"It's a priceless addition to our security capabilities. It gives customers a chance to send our police officers a message about anything they see; so we'll have a better chance to provide customer service and improve safety on buses, trains, in our airports or at the boat harbor," Gast said.

The NFTA app also allows for two-way communication so complainants can comment back on alerts received from transit police i.e. “I see the missing person” and for the transit dispatcher to ask a rider for more details regarding a specific report from a rider.

Android and iPhone users can now download the NFTA See Say application free at nfta.com/police or the iTunes app store.

The application was developed by ELERTS, Weymouth, Mass., creators of an industry-first personal safety social network for emergency notification. ELERTS is creating better emergency response systems by embracing high-speed mobile networks, smartphone technology and social media.

People get it. “We need to be watchful to help protect each other,” said, Chris Russo, EVP and co-founder of ELERTS. “The See Say app makes it easy for people using public transit and airports to contribute to improving safety for everyone.” Ed English, ELERTS CEO said, “We're pleased to introduce this emergency notification system in Buffalo Niagara with the belief that people will recognize the value of using the power of new technology to increase the level of their security.”

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May 3, 2013
NFTA-Boat Harbor to Open Early

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that it is ready to open its 1,033-slip marina to slip holders and the public one week ahead of the anticipated May 15 opening date.

The NFTA-Boat Harbor at 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd., less than three miles from Downtown Buffalo will open the 2013 season Wednesday, May 8, to accommodate slip holders and boaters who want to get an early start at docking or launching their boats at the marina.

Peter G. Demakos, NFTA commissioner and chairman of the NFTA's Property Committee said, “As a result of Mother Nature providing us with a relatively easy winter and the dedication and hard work of our employees, we are able to give our customers a head start on the boating season this year.”

During the off-season maintenance workers were busy making improvements to the facilities and grounds that include the restrooms, launch ramp, decking and additional picnic tables have been added to accommodate patrons.

As a customer service, boaters who want to file a float plan can do so via the marina's website. Boat captains leaving the marina for one or more days (not necessary for short trips) may file a float plan with the dock master before casting off. This form is available online at nftaboatharbor.com or the dock office. Having this information on hand may prove valuable in the event an emergency occurs.

Rentals for the 2013 boating season are well ahead of last year, but there still are slips available to rent for this year. There are 1,017 slips for boats of varying sizes and 16 slips to accommodate Jet Skis. Slip rental information can be obtained at 828-0027 and online at nftaboatharbor.com.

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April. 24, 2013
Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wins Seventh Balchen/Post Award

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced the Buffalo Niagara International Airport received a Balchen/Post Award for Outstanding Achievement at the recent 47th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium.

The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives recognized the BNIA's “snow removal team” with the Honorable Mention Award in the medium commercial airport category. All categories of airports - commercial, general aviation and military compete for the awards. This is the 37th consecutive year that awards have been presented and the seventh time the BNIA has been so honored, the last recognition being for the 2010-11 winter.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, said, “I am extremely proud of our team of snow removal professionals based on the reliable and consistent job they do in keeping our runways safe and operational during winter storms.”

Nominations for consideration come from airlines, pilots, general aviation officials, hotel owners, corporate pilots and ground transportation operators. An independent selection committee screens the recommendations and makes the selections in various categories based on airport size, which is determined by the number of flights in and out of the airport during the year.

In making their selections, the committee considered not only the crew's ability to keep the airport runways free of ice and snow, but also snow removal plans, size of area to be cleared, equipment readiness, personnel training and overall safety awareness.

This past winter the main runway was never closed. “This award speaks volumes about the dedication and ability of our airfield crew, who work around the clock, including being away from their families on holidays and missing family functions while working to maintain our runways,” Minkel added.

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April. 19, 2013
The Buffalo Airport Welcomes Professionals from Around the World for the 47th Annual International Snow Symposium

Buffalo, NY . . . The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is hosting the 47th Annual Snow Symposium April 22-23, at the downtown Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Organizers expect 300 airport professionals, responsible for runway operations from around the world.

Kimberley A. Minkel, Executive Director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will open the conference, highlighting the economic and safety concerns that make snow, slush and ice mitigation so significant and the importance of successful strategies.

“A snowstorm can cost a major airport more than a quarter of a million dollars in removal alone. The cost of delays compounds that number. None of which compares to the potential safety risks ice and snow can create. The chance for the snow removal teams from around the world to exchange ideas and best practices is invaluable,” Minkel said.

This year's featured speaker is Ralph Hood, a pilot and active in the aviation industry since 1972. During the 1980's he taught an aviation management course. He writes a blog and columns for AIRPORT BUSINESS magazine and other aviation periodicals. He has served on the planning committee of Southeastern Aviation Trades Association, as national training director for the Learn-to-fly Program, and as a director of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Mr. Hood was inducted into the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame in September 2003, and holds the Class C1C, World Speed Record from Huntsville, Alabama to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

This is the 27th consecutive year the symposium is being hosted by the BNIA Event chairman, Thomas Dames, BNIA Airfield Superintendent said, “Western New York is a great place to host colleagues from other snowy climates. Buffalo, in particular, has always struggled with a reputation of being very snowy, but attendees return to their cities with a very positive message and different experience about the climate in Western New York. ”

The featured event of the symposium is the Balchen/Post Awards, which are given to airport snow-control teams that have demonstrated determination and excellence in keeping their respective airport runways open and safe during winter storms.

The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives organizes the event. Mr. Dames can be reached at 716-512-0564 to address media requests during the event. Additional information can be found at www.snowsymposium.org/cfiles/home.php.

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Mar. 20, 2013
Metro Rail to Operate Modified Service March 23

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro Rail will operate modified, single track service Saturday, March 23, due to demolition work related to the City of Buffalo's project to return vehicular traffic to Main Street.

Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Metro Rail service along the aboveground portion will operate only on the outbound track. The inbound track will be closed, as work commences on the demolition of the inbound Theater Station on the west side of Main Street.

As a result, at Fountain Plaza Station all passengers will have to transfer to a train on the outbound side to continue their trip.

The day's first train will leave Erie Canal Harbor Station at approximately 7 a.m. and depart every 15 minutes thereafter. The first train will depart University Station at approximately 7:30 a.m. and every 15 minutes thereafter. There may be minor delays in service.

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Mar. 12, 2013
Reserved, Covered Parking Now Available at Buffalo Airport

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that customers who want their own reserved parking space, close to the terminal when they arrive at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport has become a reality.

BNIA customers wishing to have a reserved, covered parking space in the Daily/Hourly garage, with easy access to the terminal can now go online to reserve a space by the day or for multiple days.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “We are pleased to be able to offer our airport customers this upgrade in parking convenience. Reserved, covered parking right in front of the terminal is a unique service that sets us apart from off-airport parking providers.”

Reservations are made and paid for online at buffaloairport.com. After an account is established, the customer indicates how many days, the dates they want to reserve and pre-pays the $3 per-day reservation surcharge using a credit card. They then print their receipt, which is to be placed on the dash board while the car is in the reserved section of the garage. The daily parking rate is paid when the customer exits the parking facility.

In addition, the airport's website features a parking calculator that provides the exact cost of parking in any airport lot, parking availability and rates for each of the airport's four onsite parking options.

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Mar. 7, 2013
Metro Rail to Operate Modified Service March 9

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro Rail will operate modified, single track service Saturday, March 9, due to demolition work related to the City of Buffalo's project to return vehicular traffic to Main Street.

Between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Metro Rail service along the aboveground portion will operate only on the inbound track. The outbound track will be closed, as work commences on the demolition of the outbound Theater Station on the east side of Main Street. Theater Station has been out of service since February 18.

During this time, all inbound and outbound passengers in the aboveground section will board and exit the rail cars using inbound stations on the west side of Main Street.

The day's first train will leave Erie Canal Harbor Station at approximately 7 a.m. and depart every 20 minutes thereafter. The morning's first train will leave University Station at approximately 7:35 a.m. and every 20 minutes thereafter. There may be minor delays in service.

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Mar. 7, 2013
NFTA Police to Offer Citizens Academy

Buffalo, NY . . . Calling civilians interested in learning about the structure and responsibilities of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Transit Police department.

The police department is conducting its third Citizens Police Academy to give people a behind-the-scenes look at how a modern police department functions. The six-week course helps people to better understand the challenges and rewards of law enforcement in general, and specifically how the NFTA-Transit Police interacts with the community.

Admission is free and open to all members of the community, 18 years and older. All applicants are required to pass a thorough background check. Class size is limited to 15 people. Classes are two and half hours and will be held at various NFTA facilities.

Classes start May 1, and will include hands-on workshops, time in a firearms simulator, tour of communication center, K-9 Unit demonstration, tour of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, crime scene/photography, criminal investigations and a ride-along with a transit officer. Participants receive a graduation certificate if a minimum of 80 percent of the course work is completed.

Applications can be downloaded at nfta.com/police or may be picked up at police headquarters at 1404 Main Street, Buffalo. Applications must be received by April 10.

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Feb. 27, 2013
Metro Rail to Operate Abbreviated Service March 2

Buffalo, NY . . . Metro Rail will operate modified service Saturday, March 2, due to demolition work related to the City of Buffalo’s project to return vehicular traffic to Main Street, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today.

All surface level train service will be shut down from 7:05 a.m. until noon, as construction crews work to remove the steel arches that span the track bed in the Theater District. During this period, train service will only operate underground between University and Allen Medical Campus stations.

To assist customers traveling through the aboveground section, Metro will operate a bus circulator service between Allen Medical Campus and Erie Canal Harbor stations.

Inbound, a bus will travel between Allen Medical Campus and Erie Canal Harbor stations by way of Pearl Street. All inbound customers will be picked up or let off along Pearl Street, a block west of the stations.

On the outbound side, the circulator will operate from Erie Canal Harbor Station to Allen Medical Campus Station by way of Washington Street. All outbound customers will be picked up or let off along Washington Street, one block east of the outbound stations.

A Saturday schedule will apply for the underground train service that will operate during this period, though there may be delays in service.

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Feb. 5, 2013
Man Arrested for Stealing Television From Buffalo Airport
Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the NFTA Police Department made an arrest on January 30 in connection with the theft of a 38 inch Samsung television from the baggage-claim area at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

NFTA police arrested 52-year old James E. Livingston of Grand Island, NY and charged him with one count of petit larceny for taking the flat-screen television from the baggage carrousel at the airport January 12.

Upon receiving a complaint from the owner of the television that it was missing, NFTA police officers and detectives reviewed security video from the baggage-claim area and were able to see the suspect remove the television from the carrousel and leave the terminal with it in his possession.

The suspect was arrested at his residence on Grand Island by NFTA officers Det/Lt. Michael Garrity, Detective Kevin Schilling, Detective Craig Palladino, and Officer Michael Livecchi with assistance from the Erie County Sheriff's Dept. where he voluntarily admitted that he had taken the television and given it to his unsuspecting daughter.

Livingston was taken into custody and arraigned in Cheektowaga Town Court. He was released on an appearance ticket and $200 bail. He is due back in court February 11.

The television was returned to NFTA police by Livingston's daughter, who is not being charged in the matter. The rightful owner is now in possession of the television.

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Feb. 5, 2013
NFTA Responds to ABO Audit
Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority confirmed today that they are in receipt of a copy of the final Operational Review audit conducted by the Authorities Budget Office.

Howard A. Zemsky, NFTA Chairman said, “I want to thank the ABO for their time and effort they spent examining the operations of the authority. I feel the findings of the audit validate the extensive effort put forth by senior staff over the past year to address both short and long term financial efficiencies throughout the authority.”

The audit, which reviewed and analyzed NFTA operations, was conducted by four auditors over a period of seven months focused on the most recent fiscal years: 2010-11, 2011-12 and April through October 2012.

“We will fully process the audit and staff will completely review the recommendations made by the ABO for future consideration,” Zemsky added.

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Feb. 1, 2013
Metro Bus Seeking Employees
Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its Metro transportation division is sponsoring an Open House in an effort to recruit needed employees.

Metro currently has various openings for qualified bus operators, mechanics and technicians who are seeking steady full-time employment that offers a competitive starting salary along with a comprehensive benefit package.

The Open House is Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cold Spring Bus Maintenance Office, 1581 Michigan Avenue, (near Main Street) Buffalo, NY. If unable to attend, applications may be downloaded at www.nfta.com.

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Jan. 31, 2013
NFTA Seeking Food, Beverage and Concession Services
Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is soliciting proposals for a concessionaire to provide a combination of freshly prepared restaurant style food and beverage, retail including newspapers, souvenirs, phone and greeting cards, candy, basic traveler health and hygiene needs at the Metropolitan Transportation Center, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY.

In addition, machine vending services are requested at the aforementioned MTC and Metro transportation centers in Niagara County located at 2250 Factory Outlet Blvd., Town of Niagara and 1124 Portage Road, Niagara Falls. Vending options should include service for cold drinks, hot beverages and snacks.

The Food, Beverage and Concession Services request for proposal is available online at bids.nfta.com.

Proposals must be received by the NFTA's purchasing department prior to 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013.

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Jan. 25, 2013
Metro Rail’s Theater Station to Close February 18
Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that as work continues to progress on the City of Buffalo’s project to return cars to Main Street, its Metro Rail Theater Station will be permanently closed Monday, Feb. 18.

The closing and subsequent razing of both the inbound and outbound stations on the 600 block of Main Street was deemed necessary and prudent for safety and design reasons in order to ensure compatibility between vehicular traffic and rail cars in the vicinity of the rail portal to Main Street.

Following the removal of Theater Station, Metro customers, including persons with disabilities will continue to have access to the Theater District from the Fountain Plaza Station via signalized pedestrian crosswalks with disabled access features. The distance between Theater Station and the Fountain Plaza Station is 546 feet.

With the closing of Theater Station, Fountain Plaza Station becomes the first and last station in the Free Fare Zone.

Metro Rail schedules are available online at nfta.com/metro, at m.nfta.com using a mobile device, at transit centers and posted at each rail station.

Theater Station will continue to be fully operational through the close of business Sunday, Feb. 17.

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Jan. 15, 2012
NFTA K-9 Teams to Lend Support During the Presidential Inauguration

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that two of its Transportation Security Administration-certified Explosive Detection K-9 teams will be attending the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C.

At the request of the United States Department of Homeland Security; the NFTA Transit Police Department will be sending two of its TSA-certified Explosive Detection K-9 teams to support the Jan. 21 Presidential Inauguration by working with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the District of Columbia, Metro Transit Police Department.

NFTA Transit police officers Robert L. Bove and David A. Capretto, along with their K-9's Cora and Gino are set to depart Wednesday, Jan. 16 for Washington, D.C. They are two of 12 K-9 teams from across the country that will be assisting the TSA in providing addition security during inauguration proceedings.

George W. Gast, Chief of the NFTA Transit Police Department said, “I am extremely proud that our department will be represented during this high profile event. That we were considered speaks volumes about the capabilities and professionalism of our K-9 program and our officers.”

The additional canine teams will be specifically used throughout the WMATA transportation system for the purpose of security related to the event. The use of the extra teams is proportionate to the overall increase in security and awareness during the inauguration, which draws thousands of visitors to our nation's capital.

All assisting law enforcement officers will be duly deputized as Federal Officers by the U.S. Marshall's Service for the requested period of service.

The TSA National Canine Program will be responsible for direct reimbursement for expenses relating to lodging and travel costs for both officers and their canine companions.

This is the second time the NFTA Police have sent a K-9 team to the inauguration. In 2008, one team was deployed to provide additional transit security coverage.

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Jan. 8, 2012
NFTA Board Meets to Discuss Waterfront Property

Buffalo, NY . . . The purpose of today's special meeting of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Board of Commissioners was to review and discuss the joint proposal submitted by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and the City of Buffalo to acquire the NFTA's real estate holdings on the Buffalo waterfront.

“Upon a thorough review of the proposal, the NFTA Board of Commissioners provided staff with guidance and direction on how to proceed in negotiating what hopefully will be a timely and mutually beneficial agreement,” said Howard A. Zemsky, NFTA Chairman. “It is our intention to set up a meeting with all parties as soon as possible,” he added.

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Jan. 1, 2012
Parking Lot Identifiers to Change at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the identifying names of the parking facilities at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport are in the process of being changed.

Changes are being made to airport signage, websites and promotional material this month and are expected to be completed by Feb. 1.

The names will be changed as follows . . .

CURRENT - NEW

Short Term (garage) - Daily/Hourly Garage

Preferred Lot - Preferred Parking Lot

Long Term A - Long Term Parking Lot

Long Term B - Economy Parking Lot

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “After consulting with our parking vendor and having received comments from customers; the names of the individual on site parking options are being changed to more accurately convey the differences between our various parking selections.”

All of the BNIA parking lots offer convenient, free shuttle service to and from the terminal.

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Dec. 28, 2012
Metro Rail to Extend Service for New Year's Eve Ball Drop

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will extend service an additional two hours Monday, Dec. 31, to accommodate people attending the annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop at Roosevelt Square and the downtown First Night Buffalo celebration.

Train service will run continuously, making stops at all stations during the extended service period. Trains will operate on 20 minute intervals, with special trains intermingled as needed. It may be necessary to suspend service for a time due to the anticipated large crowd that gathers near the track bed in front of Roosevelt Square.

The last train is scheduled to leave Erie Canal Harbor Station heading outbound to University Station at 2 a.m. Tuesday, New Year's Day.

All Metro bus and rail schedules are available at www.nfta.com/metro, in addition to a trip planner that assists customers in determining which Metro routes to use to reach a specific destination.

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Dec. 17, 2012
Santa to Visit Metro Rail

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Santa will be visiting downtown Buffalo Wednesday, Dec. 19, and he's going to use Metro Rail to see just how nice boys and girls are behaving this holiday season.

Santa and his helpers will visit the Metro Rail system between 11:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., and will be stopping at four stations to give out candy canes, trinkets and listen to Christmas wishes. Santa's rail station visits are scheduled as follows:

University Station 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

LaSalle Station 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Utica Station 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Allen Medical Campus 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

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Dec. 7, 2012
NFTA to Host Annual Holiday Performers

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced The Sounds of Season performances will be returning to the downtown bus terminal (181 Ellicott St.) beginning Saturday, Dec. 8, compliments of musical ensembles from seven local schools.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA's Executive Director said, “With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season now upon us I hope the festive sounds of music and song being performed by the students will be enjoyed by all as they pass through the terminal.”

The following schools will be participating on the date and time indicated:

Woodrow Wilson School 12/8, 11 a.m.

St. Mary of the Lake School 12/10, 11 a.m.

Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts 12/13, 11 a.m.

Akron High School 12/14, 8:30 a.m.

Holy Angels Academy 12/14, 11 a.m.

Ambrose Catholic Academy 12/17, 10 a.m.

Lake Shore Senior High School 12/19, 11 a.m.

Each performance will feature between 15 and 45 students who will entertain for 30 to 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend.

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Dec. 5, 2012
FedEx Donates Boeing 727-200F Aircraft to Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Buffalo, NY . . . A Boeing 727-200F aircraft from FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) made its final taxi today at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Airport and community stakeholders gathered to celebrate this generous donation to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

“As we retire this 727 from our fleet, we are proud to give back to the aviation community,” said David Sutton, managing director of Aircraft Acquisition and Sales for FedEx. “The donation of this aircraft by FedEx is just one example of the many ways we support educational endeavors, reflecting the community spirit shared by all FedEx employees in the communities where we live and work.”

Howard A. Zemsky, NFTA Chairman said, “Our Airport Rescue Fire Fighting department along with our regional mutual aid partners, are most thankful for the benevolent donation of this ultimate public safety training tool. Having our own plane provides our fire and police departments with the opportunity to train in a real life setting, on a continuous basis, which will sharpen their abilities to react and save lives, should an emergency situation occur at our airport.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director commented, “The hands-on training aspect of having our very own plane to train on dramatically increases our emergency responder's ability to react to potential aviation emergencies in the future.”

Today's event represents the 59th plane to be donated by FedEx to various organizations for education purposes since it started the program in 1995. Before its final flight, aircraft 727-200F REGISTRATION NUMBER N268FE provided FedEx with 19 years' service transporting packages to destinations throughout the United States.

FedEx Express

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FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $42 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is a commercial service facility that has an annual economic impact of $1.07 billion, supporting 16,628 jobs in the region. It is served by six airlines and two air cargo carriers. The airport is on target to once again serve more than 5 million passengers in 2012, and year-to-date has processed 37.35 million air cargo tons.

Airport Rescue Fire Fighting Unit

The BNIA ARFF unit got its start in March 1981, when it was created as the Public Safety department by the NFTA board of commissioners to handle both safety and security functions at the then Greater Buffalo International Airport. In April 1981, the NFTA's Public Safety unit assumed control of the airport's fire department duties from the Buffalo Fire department.

The ARFF department currently has a complement of 35 firefighters, four captains and the chief. The unit trains each day in various aspects of firefighting and conducts periodic tabletop exercises and drills at the airfield with area first responders to ensure that when they do work together in the field, they are all using the same techniques and methods to maximize their collective efforts.

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Nov. 29, 2012
NFTA POLICE STOP BURGLARY IN PROGRESS

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the NFTA Police Department made two arrests early Thanksgiving morning in connection with the burglary and theft of copper wire and pipes from a vacant NFTA Building at 195 Holtz Drive, in Cheektowaga.

The building in which the suspects were apprehended is scheduled for demolition in conjunction with the parking lot expansion project at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport that will add 1,000 parking spaces to the Long Term B Lot on Holtz Rd.

NFTA police arrested William H. Bartlebaugh, Jr., 23, from Clarence NY, and David D. Cummings, 41, also from Clarence. Bartlebaugh and Cummings were charged with Burglary, Illegal Entry with Intent to Commit a Crime, Possession of Burglary Tools, Grand Larceny and Criminal Mischief. Both suspects were arraigned in Cheektowaga Town Court, and are currently being held at the Erie County Holding Center pending further court hearings.

NFTA Police Officers Lt. John Herritage, Officers David Jaworek, Mario Capozzi, Louis Loubert, Charles Loubert, Michael Dau, Michael Bielanin, David Drozdiel and K9 Officer Mark Martinelli assisted with the arrest. NFTA Police were also assisted by the Erie County Sheriff's and Cheektowaga Police departments. Three additional suspects are still outstanding, and the incident continues to be investigated by NFTA detectives.

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Nov. 16, 2012
Nonstop Service to West Palm Beach from Buffalo

Buffalo, NY . . . New nonstop flights to West Palm Beach, Fla. from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport were announced today by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Starting Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, AirTran Airways will depart the BNIA each day at 10 a.m., arriving in West Palm Beach at 1 p.m. There will be a daily return flight leaving West Palm at 2 p.m., arriving in Buffalo at 4:55 p.m. All flights are nonstop. Flights will operate through February 13, 2013.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “Anytime we can offer our customers a new destination, especially a warm one during the winter, it's extremely good news.”

Seats can be booked now at airtran.com. Flights will be on Boeing 717's, which have a 117 seat dual class configuration.

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Oct. 25, 2012
BUFFALO NIAGARA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SET TO BEGIN $8 MILLION PARKING EXPANSION

Buffalo, NY . . . The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council and The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority today announced that Phase I of a $8.09 million improvement project to expand the Long Term B parking lot at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport by 1,000 spaces is ready to move forward. The project is in the first stages of the $6,867,811 award it received as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Regional Council initiative. This capital improvement project, which also received $1,226,419 from the BNIA, will accommodate current customer demand for low-cost, on site parking and anticipated increases in passengers in the future.

The additional 1,000 much needed parking spaces will be added to the Long Term B lot that runs along Holtz Drive north of Genesee Street. Once completed, the B lot will have a total of 2,901 spaces.

“I am very thankful for the financial assistance and extensive cooperation we received from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council that has allowed us to move this project forward,” Howard A. Zemsky, NFTA chairman said. “Growth at the BNIA has and will lead to commercial development of the surrounding area, increasing the tax base as private investors continue see the value of being near the airport, thus adding job opportunities, which benefit our entire region.”

“The Buffalo Niagara International Airport plays an essential role in the development of business and tourism in the Buffalo Niagara region, which is why the Western New York Regional Council is pleased to award the NFTA funding to move ahead with this critical project,” said Western New York Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chair Satish K. Tripahi. “The increased passenger usage at our airport is a positive sign for our region, as airports are economic drivers, creating employment, acting as business gateways and serving as a impetus for tourism growth.”

Based on increased demand, especially during the holidays and spring break, the airport has been forced to lease off-site property in order to handle the parking overflow, especially from Canadian customers who year-to-date represent 47 percent of the airport's long term parkers. This expansion will prevent that from being repeated once the project is completed.

The BNIA has a daily average of 110 flights with nonstop service to 23 airports. In 2011 the BNIA served 5.1 million passengers, the sixth straight year of 5 million or more passengers. Originally, that milestone was not expected to be achieved until 2020. The BNIA benefits the entire state; even people who have never use air travel. For example, as a result of 805,462 cars parking on site in 2011, of which almost 50 percent were Canadian visitors, $1.57 million in tax revenue was collected and passed on to benefit the state and Erie County.

An Economic Impacts Study of Aviation in New York State conducted in 2009 by the Federal Aviation Administration and the NYS Department of Transportation revealed that 12,827 full- and part-time jobs and more than $620.5 million in expenditures are the direct result of on-airport businesses, including airport sponsor expenditures, and visitor spending at the airport. Including indirect expenditures, the total impact for Buffalo Niagara International Airport was (2009) $1.07 billion, supporting 16,628 jobs.

Starting in mid-November, Metro Contracting & Environmental, Inc. of Niagara Falls, NY will commence with the demolition and remediation of three structures on the property in preparation for site construction. The contract is for a not-to-exceed amount of $48,340.

Urban Engineers of New York, P.C. has been awarded a $407,142 contract for design services as part of Phase II. This portion is scheduled for the design to proceed through the fall and winter leading up to bid documents being advertised in late winter, for construction to start in early summer 2013. When completed, the BNIA will have a total of 7,877 or 14.5 percent more spaces on site to serve its customers.

Senator Tim Kennedy said, “This strategic investment in our local transportation infrastructure will boost the economic competitiveness of our state and help create jobs for Western New Yorkers. More people are flying out of the Buffalo-Niagara Airport, and this expansion project aims to capitalize on the growth. It will empower local businesses with new economic opportunities and further strengthen the economic bonds between Western New York and Canada. I applaud Governor Cuomo and our Regional Council for targeting the right opportunities to grow our economy.”

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak said, “Since my days as Cheektowaga Town Supervisor, I have seen the Buffalo-Niagara Airport expand to become the major transportation hub it is today. I know firsthand the economic impact that the airport has on Western New York as well as the potential for growth in tourism and job creation this expansion will usher in. I applaud the NFTA, the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council, Governor Cuomo and my colleagues in the legislature for taking initiative in projects such as this to help our region.”

Since taking office in January 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has targeted the revitalization of the Buffalo and Western New York economy as a top priority that will contribute to the overall strength and vitality of New York State. The Governor's commitment to Buffalo and Western New York is evidenced in his unprecedented $1 billion pledge to reinvigorate the city's and region's economy, leverage additional private sector investment and create a sustainable economy today and for generations to come. Additionally, the Governor's creation of the statewide Regional Economic Development Council's resulted in the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council's successful 2011 submission that will bring $100.3 million in state funding to key development projects in eight industry sectors that are essential to Buffalo's future growth and development: health and life sciences, advanced manufacturing, energy, higher education, professional services, agriculture, bi-national logistics and tourism.

Last year, a total of $785 million was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region's strategic plans. As part of that process, the NFTA and BNIA was awarded $6,867,811 from the New York State Department of Transportation and Empire State Development.

To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. For information on how the New New York is working for business, please visit www.thenewny.com.

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Aug. 31, 2012
Metro to Feature Enhanced Express Service

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro's new enhanced weekday express service will commence on Routes 60, 64, 69, 72 and 204 Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The new enhanced express service is designed to get people to their destination faster, as a result of making few stops than regular service along the route. Free Wi-Fi is available to all customers on these five routes as an additional benefit. A 50 cent surcharge does apply to all enhanced express trips. Metro's reduced fare policy for eligible riders does apply to the surcharge.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “We are providing this new enhanced service in response to comments from our customers. It is important that we listen to them and respond to meet their needs so Metro can be as user friendly as possible.”

In addition to local express service, Routes 69 and 72 will each offer one early morning and afternoon enhanced express trip that was implemented as a result of collaborating with the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. This new service allows workers to arrive at the BNMC by 7 a.m. in order to accommodate their early start time and will help reduce parking congestion on campus.

All trips via Routes 60, 64 and 204 will feature enhanced express service.

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Aug. 2, 2012
Brookings Report Ranks Metro's Access to Jobs

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that based on data released by The Brookings Institution, its Metro Bus and Rail service ranks near the top 10 percent for job coverage and is in the top third for providing access to jobs when compared to 371 transit providers in the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas. The report: Where the Jobs Are: Employer Access to Labor by Transit, released in July, finds that Metro provides transit coverage to 86.9 percent of the jobs in the metropolitan area, ranking it 11th in providing access to available employment. The report shows 100 percent coverage in cities and 82.2 percent in the suburbs.

In addition, the survey concluded that Metro had a labor access rate of 29.1 percent, ranking it 31st. This is the share of the metropolitan population that can reach the typical job in 90 minutes via Metro service. Cities have 51.9 percent and suburbs have 18.6 percent access.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “The survey shows that Metro's core service does a good job of providing access to jobs, but the shifting of jobs from the cities to the suburbs obstructs our ability to connect workers to opportunities and jobs in the outer suburban communities. As elected officials and community leaders continue to grapple with limited financial resources, it is critical for transit investment decisions to simultaneously address suburban coverage gaps, as well as disconnected neighborhoods.”

The report ranks Metro higher in each category than comparable transit agencies in New York State and ahead of communities such as Detroit, Indianapolis, Pittsburg and Cleveland.

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April 20, 2012
NFTA Honors Employees at 27th Annual Awards Luncheon

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will host a luncheon at the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Rd., Williamsville, Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m., to recognize the outstanding safety records of Metro vehicle maintenance workers and bus and train operators. In additional, the authority will salute employees who reached 25-years of employment with the NFTA.

This year 29 Metro operators will be recognized for safely operating their vehicle for 10 or 20 years, and eight maintenance employees will be congratulated for having a 10-year safety record. In addition, 37 NFTA employees celebrated a silver anniversary.

Further, Metro Rail operator Jose Ramirez will receive a special recognition for his quick actions in activating his train's emergency braking system as it approached two men in the track bed at the Utica Street Station April 5.

Acting NFTA Chairman, Henry M. Sloma said, “These men and women have dedicated a quarter-century of their lives to helping the people of Western New York get to work, school, church, a doctor's appointment or visit loved-ones. It is an honorable achievement in an honorable profession.”

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, “There is no way to understate the importance of safety in this business, so it is a pleasure to thank the men and women who have been able to maintain such incredible safety records.”

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April 20, 2012
NFTA Police Make Arrest in Bus Shooting

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that detectives from the NFTA Transit Police department have solved the case of a Jan. 7, 2012 shooting involving a Metro bus.

While on the corner of Kensington Avenue and Bailey Avenue, a Metro bus was struck on the passenger side by a single gunshot from an unknown suspect. As a result of viewing videos from the bus, businesses in the vicinity of the shooting and interviewing witnesses at the scene, NFTA detectives Christopher DiPasquale and David Wayne were able to obtain several images of persons of interest.

George Gast, NFTA Chief of Police said, “This is a perfect example of tenacious police work that ultimately led to the arrest of the individual responsible for recklessly endangering the safely of Metro riders and others in the vicinity of the shooting.”

The Detective Bureau was able to identify several subjects from video evidence and conducted interviews with the subjects. With the assistance of the FBI Task Force and utilizing video evidence, detectives were able to obtain a possible identification of the suspect involved with the bus shooting. After obtaining an identification of a possible suspect, Detective DiPasquale and Lt. John Heritage interviewed and received a handwritten statement from the suspect, of his involvement in this incident.

The suspect voluntarily reported to NFTA Police Headquarters, with his legal guardian and was charged with Criminal Possession of a weapon 2nd, Reckless Endangerment 1st, and Criminal Mischief 3rd. Due to the suspect's age (15) at the time of the incident, the suspect was charged in Erie County Family Court, which is where the matter is currently being handled.

The Buffalo Police department also assisted in the investigation.

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April 13, 2012
Buffalo Welcomes Airport Professionals From Around the World for the 46th Annual International Snow Symposium

Buffalo Airport Plays Host for 27th Consecutive Year

Buffalo, NY . . . The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is hosting the 46th Annual Snow Symposium April 16-18 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Organizers expect a record attendance of 550 airport professionals, responsible for runway operations from around the world to attend.

Much of the draw centers on an impressive display of snow fighting equipment (runway plows, broom trucks, snow blowers) and vehicles that will fill 64,000 square feet of the convention hall. Manufactures are using the show as a promotional event for the launch of many new lines of equipment.

Astronaut Randy Bresnik (available for media before or during the event) will address the audience Tuesday, April 17 at a 12:30 p.m. luncheon relating the similarities between snow operations at airports and space flight. He will speak about his experiences in space and the value of establishing a training plan, conducting rehearsals and building contingencies into airport operations. A U.S. Marine, Colonel Randy Bresnik, was a crewmember aboard STS-129 (Nov. 16-29, 2009), which was the 31st shuttle flight to the International Space Station. During the mission the crew delivered two Express Logistics Carriers to the International Space Station, about 30,000 pounds of replacement parts for systems that provide power to the station, keep it from overheating, and maintain proper orientation in space.

Bresnik performed two space walks for a total of 11 hours and 50 minutes. While he was in orbit, his wife Rebecca gave birth to their daughter, Abigail Mae Bresnik Nov. 21. The STS-129 mission was completed in 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes and 13 seconds, traveling 4.5 million miles in 171 orbits, and returned to Earth bringing back NASA Astronaut, Nicole Stott, following her tour of duty aboard the Space Station.

Colonel Bresnik is an F/A-18 fighter pilot and has logged over 5,000 hours in 80 types of aircraft. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Rating and an Unlimited Piston Engine Letter of Authorization.

This marks the 27th consecutive year the symposium is being hosted by the BNIA. Thomas Dames, the BNIA’s airfield superintendent and symposium chairman said, “The snow symposium committee is grateful for all the wonderful work the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the area hotels, and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority do to help make the event so successful. The hospitality the region offers makes it easy to find a solution that will benefit the Symposium and the region.”

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “Bringing experts from the Snow Belt regions together helps the industry advance its best practices and collective knowledge so everybody benefits.” Minkel will address the conference’s opening session Monday, April 16 at 8:30 a.m.

One of the symposium’s main events is the presentation of the Balchen/Post Awards, which are given to airport snow-control teams that have demonstrated determination and excellence in keeping their respective airport runways open and safe during winter storms. Presentations are scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 as part of the 12:30 p.m. luncheon.

Thomas Dames can be reached at 716-512-0564 during the event to address media inquiries. Additional information, including the program can be found at www.snowsymposium.org. The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives organizes the event.

File photos of Colonel Bresnik and his space walk can be downloaded at www.nfta.com/Bresnik/

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April 6, 2012
Airport Roadway Construction Set to Begin April 10
Buffalo, NY:The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that a $1.4 million Airport Improvement Project, involving construction to the two-tier circulatory roadway system at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is scheduled to start Tuesday, April 10.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “These structural improvements are an investment that ensures the successful operation of the terminal's infrastructure for many years to come and provides for the safety of our customers.”

Work on the departures roadway (upper level) will consist of milling the deck surface, joint repairs, curb replacements, paving, striping and sidewalk repairs. Traffic will be reduced to one lane for the duration of the project.

The arrivals roadway (lower level) work consists of having steel reinforcement beams installed to the upper deck, roadway milling and overlay improvements, in addition to repairing structural columns and concrete. During construction, traffic will be restricted to one lane from 1 to 8 a.m. each weekday.

To assist passengers using the terminal there will be variable message signs in place to direct traffic into the proper lanes for both levels of roadway.

To lessen traffic on the terminal's roadways, people coming to the airport to pick up arriving passengers are advised to use the Cell Phone Lot on Holtz Drive, where they can wait in their car for a cell call notifying them their passenger has their luggage and is ready to be picked up.

In addition, use of the airport's radio system is advised for people heading to the BNIA. Construction and parking updates will be available by tuning the car radio to 1580 AM. The signal is best within three miles of the airport. The airport's website buffaloairport.com will also be used to communicate timely information as necessary.

Passengers are advised to allow themselves additional time when using the airport during the construction period. The recommended time to arrive in the terminal for a departing flight is 90 minutes prior to departure.

The project is scheduled to be completed in August.



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April 4, 2012
NFTA Reaches Agreement With Promoter for Summer Concerts at the Outer Harbor
Buffalo, NY:The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that they have reached a licensing agreement with Funtime After Dark, LLC, to be the NFTA's waterfront concert promoter for the 2012 summer season.

NFTA Commissioner Howard A. Zemsky said, “We are excited about this opportunity to increase public access to the waterfront, and the selection of a designated promoter will free up staff time, allowing them to fully focus on our core mission of serving the transportation needs of our customers.”

Chris Ring, a Funtime partner said, “It's always exciting to bring great concerts to Buffalo, but what's even more special is the fact that we get to be a part of the bigger picture, which is to get more people downtown and enjoy the beautiful Buffalo waterfront. We hope that these concerts will help do just that."

Peter G. Demakos, NFTA commissioner and chairman of the authority's Property Risk Committee said, “We are pleased to have come to an agreement with experienced promoters who will provide top notch entertainment for people to enjoy at one of the best venues in our community.”

Funtime plans on using the seven acre site located on the outer harbor in the vicinity of the former Pier Restaurant, to hold concerts from a variety of musical genres including alternative, Canadian, southern and folk rock. Ticket prices will be range from $30 pre-sale to $100 for a VIP ticket. Parking charges will range from $5 to $10.

The agreement allows Funtime After Dark, LLC, (Chris Ring, Artie Kwitchoff and Donnie Kutzbach) to hold up to four concerts this summer at the outer harbor, with the possibility of conducting added concerts. In addition to the $20,000 licensing fee, the NFTA will receive 20 percent of all parking revenues, approve in advance the promoter's security/safety plan and receive an additional security deposit to ensure a thorough clean up of the site following each performance.



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March 9, 2012
Rebuilt Metro Rail Cars Make Début
Buffalo, NY: The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro will be showcasing its first two newly rebuilt rail cars and placing them into service Friday, March 9 after a brief inaugural ride ceremony.

Rail cars 114 and 123, the first two of 27 rail cars that will each receive a $1.5 million top to bottom transformation, carried passengers for the first time today from LaSalle Station to Theater Station, where celebratory remarks were offered in the lobby of Shea's Performing Arts Center.

Henry M. Sloma, NFTA acting Chairman commented, “We are fully committed to providing our customers with the safest and most modern rail cars possible. These rebuilt vehicles accomplish that goal and our investment will add 25-years to the life of each car.”

Eunice A. Lewin, Chairwoman of the NFTA's Surface Transportation Committee said, “I am definitely very pleased that our beautiful new cars are operating and serving our customers. We can now move forward with plans to provide our over 6 million annual rail customers with one of the most modern light rail systems in the nation.”

The two cars have undergone a complete reconstruction in Dansville, NY, where AnsaldoBreda Inc. a unit of AnsaldoBreda S.p.A of Italy has been making wholesale improvements to the cars.

Giancarlo Fantappiè, AnsaldoBreda President and CEO commented, “We are very happy that this achievement is being met with the cooperation of the entire Rehabilitation Team; NFTA, AnsaldoBreda, suppliers, etc… As we move forward with the work on the remaining vehicles, we remain fully committed to the continued cooperation and successful completion of this project.”

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “Metro Rail provides the most environmentally efficient, pocketbook friendly and reliable mode of transportation for thousands of people traveling in and out of Buffalo each and every day. We are pleased to be able to provide these rebuilt rail cars so our riders can enjoy a safe and comfortable ride on Metro Rail for many years to come.”

Each vehicle is equipped with a host of new safety features, passenger amenities and mechanical upgrades as part of the $45 million project. Enhanced passenger features include new colored seats and shells, HVAC components, interior emergency audio system, brighter energy efficient overhead lighting, anti-slip coating on door thresholds and interior/exterior LED signage. All cars will become uniform in appearance as the current orange and brown color scheme transitions to an all white background accented with silver and blue trim.

Americans with Disabilities related improvements include flashing lights at all doors, new gong sounds to signal the opening and closing of doors and automatic passenger stop announcements/LED displays to assist hearing and visually impaired passengers

The approximately 22,880 riders who use Metro Rail each weekday may not notice the myriad mechanical and safety improvements that each vehicle has received, but they are equally as significant to the project. Each car is now equipped with new suspensions, rebuilt gearboxes, air compression system, improved breaking system, overhauled traction motors, refurbished trucks with new wheels and 35,000 feet of new electrical wiring.

The operators' compartment has also been retooled with a new ergonomic design, improved HVAC system, enhanced electric window wipers and side window along with a new seat design for operator comfort.

A third rebuilt rail car is expected to be delivered in approximately seven months and will be required to undergo testing and 600 miles of commissioning, which is expected to take three to four months. There will be four rail cars in the rebuild cycle, starting a process whereby one completed car will be sent to Buffalo with Metro sending an additional car to Dansville until all remaining 25 cars are rebuilt. All cars are required to be completed within 36 months from the date of accepting the first two.



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March 7, 2012
Metro Debuts First Two New Rail Cars
WHAT: The first two newly rebuilt Metro rail cars will depart LaSalle Station inbound on route to Theater Station where the lead car will break through a celebratory banner as it exits the portal. The two cars will remain at the station to allow for photos, etc.

There will be formal remarks inside Shea’s Performing Arts Center following the arrival of the train at Theater Station

Media is of course welcome to ride the train from LaSalle Station . . . no tickets will be required

WHO: Giancarlo Fantappie, President & CEO, AnsaldoBreda, Inc.; Kim Minkel, NFTA Executive Director; Acting NFTA Chairman, Henry Sloma; Eunice Lewin, Chairwoman NFTA Surface Transportation Committee, elected officials, Metro staff and winners of Metro’s Inaugural Ride Contest

WHERE: Metro Rail LaSalle Station, 3040 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

WHEN: Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m. The train will depart LaSalle at 10 a.m. sharp.

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January 27, 2012
Public Hearing Dates for Metro Restructuring Plan

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that five public hearings will be held in Erie and Niagara counties regarding proposed service reductions to Metro Bus and Rail service.

The public is invited to attend and voice their comments during the public comment portion of the hearing, which will be preceded by an opportunity to speak with Metro personnel while viewing Metro service charts and a brief presentation by NFTA Executive Director Kimberley A. Minkel and Thomas George, the authority's Director of Surface Transportation.

The NFTA will stream live video of the Wednesday, Feb. 1, hearing starting at 12-noon from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. The video will be available on the authority's website at nfta.com.

The schedule of hearings is as follows:

Monday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m. ECC North Campus, Bldg. B, Bretschger Hall, Room 401

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m. Niagara Falls City Hall Chambers

Wednesday, Feb. 1, Noon and 6 p.m. Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Auditorium

Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. ECC South Campus, Building #5 Cafeteria

Comments can also be e-mailed to planning@nfta.com or mailed to Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, 181 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203, Attention: Metro Service Planning. Comments must be received by Thursday, Feb. 2, to be included in the public record.

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January 19, 2012
Free Wi-Fi Access Now Available at Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is providing passengers' FREE wireless Internet access throughout the terminal.

The BNIA has entered into a three-year agreement with Advanced Wireless Group, LLC, to provide free high-speed Internet service to its customers. Advance Wireless, a leading provider of Wi-Fi wireless and wired high-speed Internet access has airport installations across the country including Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Indianapolis, Omaha and San Francisco.

Carmen A. Granto, NFTA commissioner and chairman of the authority's Aviation Committee said, “Staying connected and productive while away from the office or home has become essential to today's traveler. We are pleased to now be able to provide our customers with free connectivity. Passengers can sit down, relax, enjoy a meal, all while downloading files, sending e-mails, or checking the status of their connecting flight from their laptop or PDA at no cost to them.”

“We are delighted to be associated with the Buffalo Niagara International Airport,” said Scott Phillips, President of Advanced Wireless Group. “The airport is a first class addition to our network of airports and we look forward to a great working relationship.”

Users of the system receive unlimited high-speed Internet access in 45-minute log- in sessions. Each free session requires the user to watch an approximately 30-second advertisement or fill out a brief survey prior to gaining each free connection. Technical support can be obtained 24/7 by calling toll free 1-877-294-9434. Access to high-speed Internet service is possible at almost any point within the departure level (upper level) and in the baggage claim area (lower level). Travelers are now able to surf the Internet, check e-mail, stock portfolios, stay on top of the latest news and weather or access corporate networks while sitting in a restaurant, an airline waiting area or retrieving their luggage.

About the Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Averaging 110 daily flights with nonstop service to 23 airports, the BNIA generates an overall economic impact of $1.07 billion in the Buffalo Niagara region. This past year the BNIA provided service to 5.2 million passengers and is committed to providing “first class” service to its customers each and everyday. About Advanced Wireless Group, LLC

Founded in 2004, Advanced Wireless Group, LLC, headquartered in Miami, Fla., installs, manages and integrates wireless Internet networks into airports, municipalities, colleges and other large venues. For airport operators, AWG creates a new revenue stream by coupling public Wi-Fi Internet access with advertising, sponsorship, and media content, reaching key demographics through new media in a controlled setting.

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January 19, 2012
Metro Rail Service to be Modified Sunday

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will operate modified service Sunday, Jan. 22, from approximately 7 p.m. through the end of the day due to maintenance work being performed in this segment of the system.

The outbound track will be out of service between Erie Canal Harbor Station and Humboldt Hospital Station. As a result, all service either inbound or outbound in this section will be provided from the inbound side.

Metro will have rail supervisors in the system to assist customers, there will be messages posted and public address announcements will be made at the stations to inform customers of the temporary change in service.

There may be minimal delays; customers are advised to please plan accordingly.

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January 13, 2012
Metro to Operate Sunday Service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Monday, Jan. 16, Metro Bus and Rail will operate a Sunday schedule.

In addition, Metro Rail will add four early morning trips in each direction as follows:

Outbound from Erie Canal Harbor Station at 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 a.m.

Inbound from University Station at 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 a.m.

All Metro bus and rail schedules and Rider Alerts can be found online at nfta.com.

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December 29, 2011
Metro Rail to Extend Service for New Year's Eve Ball Drop

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will extend service an additional two hours Saturday, Dec. 31, to accommodate passengers attending the Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop at Roosevelt Square and the downtown First Night Buffalo celebration.

Train service will run continuously, making stops at all stations during the extended service period. Trains will be on 20 minute intervals, with special trains intermingled as needed. It may be necessary to suspend service for a time due to the anticipated large crowd that gathers near the track bed in front of Roosevelt Square.

The last train is scheduled to leave Erie Canal Harbor Station heading outbound to University Station at 2 a.m. Sunday, New Year's Day following the events.

All Metro bus and rail schedules are available at www.nfta.com/metro, in addition to a trip planner that assists customers in determining which Metro routes to use to reach a specific destination.

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December 12, 2011
Holiday Performances at the Bus Station downtown

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the sounds of the season returns to downtown Buffalo's bus station (the Metropolitan Transportation Center, 181 St.)

during December, featuring the musical talents of several local schools.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “The bus terminal is perfect place for a little extra holiday cheer. It is wonderful that our area schools take the time to share their spirit with busy travelers.”

The following schools will be participating on the date and time indicated:

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Saint Mary of the Lake - 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 16

Akron High School (Roaming Santa's) - 8:30 a.m.

Cardinal O' Hara High School - 11:00 a.m. - with a special appearance by Santa.

Holy Angels Academy - 12:00 p.m. - with a special appearance by Santa.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Woodrow Wilson School - 11:00 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 19

Ambrose Catholic Academy - 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

Lake shore High - 11:00 a.m.

Each performance will feature between 15 and 45 students who will entertain for 30 to 60 minutes. All are welcome to attend.

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December 8, 2011
ALLEGIANT ANNOUNCES NONSTOP, LOW-COST FLIGHTS BETWEEN NIAGARA FALLS AND ORLANDO WITH INTRODUCTORY $79.99* FARES

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces new, nonstop jet service between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Orlando, Fla., via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), will begin Feb. 15, 2012. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with fares as low as $79.99* one way.

“We're pleased to expand our brand of affordable and convenient travel options in Niagara Falls,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. “We are confident that the residents of Niagara Falls and southern Ontario will appreciate flying nonstop to Orlando and take advantage of the great deals we offer on hotels, car rentals and theme park tickets.”

“We are extremely pleased that Allegiant is expanding its reach with new service to Sanford, Fla., even before they have had their inaugural flight from our airport," said Henry M. Sloma, acting chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. "Having additional flights coupled with a new destination gives testament to the viability and overall efficiency of operating from the NFIA.”

The new flights will operate four times weekly between Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). For flight days and times please visit www.allegiant.com.

With plenty of shopping, dining, outdoor activities and entertainment, Orlando offers vacationers the perfect getaway. Located in the heart of Central Florida, Orlando is home to the world's most exciting theme parks including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld. Orlando's famous International Drive is more than 10 miles long and features more than 100 hotels, 450 stores, several attractions and two major outlet malls. Orlando is also home to more than 175 golf courses, many of which were designed by pro golfers such as Greg Norman, Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

Allegiant provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car.

Allegiant's $79.99* one-way introductory fare is limited, must be purchased by Dec. 21, 2011, and is valid for travel by May 15, 2012. Introductory fares are not available on all flights.

Reservations can be made on the airline's website at www.allegiant.com or by calling the company's travel experts at 702-505-8888.

About the $79.99* one-way fares:

Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Dec. 21, 2011, for travel by May 15, 2012. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11th security fee of up to $10.70 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A convenience fee of $10.00 per passenger, per segment is included in the introductory one-way fare. A fee of $14.99 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant call centers. Purchases made at any Allegiant Airport Ticket Office will not incur a convenience or call center fee. For ticket counter hours of operation, please visit www.allegiant.com. When purchased at the time of booking, a checked bag fee of up to $29.99 per bag, per segment will apply for the first two (2) checked bags. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $35 per checked bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags checked. Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply.

Allegiant, travel is our deal.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) has posted 35 consecutive quarters of profitability. The company is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel and hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel-related services. The company ranked ninth this year in Forbes' Best Small Companies. Allegiant was also recently named one of FORTUNE magazine's “100 Fastest-Growing Companies” for the second consecutive year. In 2011 and 2010 Allegiant ranked 64th and 25th, respectively, on FORTUNE magazine's Fastest-Growing Companies list. In 2010, Allegiant was ranked number one for low-cost carriers in Aviation Week's Top Performing Airline study. Receive breaking news from Allegiant by visiting Allegiant's Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/Allegiant or follow Allegiant on Twitter at twitter.com/allegianttravel.

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December 1, 2011
Metro Rail Service to be Modified Friday and Saturday

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Friday, Dec. 2, starting at approximately 10 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., Metro Rail's outbound track will be out of service from Amherst Street Station to LaSalle Station. Maintenance work being performed at the stations necessitates the closing of the outbound track.

As a result of the work, all boardings and departures for these stations will take place on the inbound side of the platform. There may be delays in service in both directions. Riders are advised to plan accordingly.

Metro will have rail supervisors in the system to assist customers, there will be messages posted and public address announcements will be made at the stations to inform passengers of the temporary change in service.

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November 14, 2011
NFTA to Hold Final Public Workshop on BNIA's Master Plan Update

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced it will host a Master Plan Update public workshop to present recommendations of future long-term improvements for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The workshop will take place Thursday, Nov. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Millennium Hotel, in the Roosevelt Room, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, NY. Aviation consultant, McFarland Johnson, along with representatives from the NFTA and BNIA will be available to discuss and answer questions relating to the master plan and proposed long-term improvements for airport property.

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November 10, 2011
Metro Service to be Modified Saturday, November 12

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that outbound Metro Rail stations from Allen-Medical Campus to Humboldt-Hospital will be closed between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, due to maintenance work being performed at the stations.

As a result, all boarding and departures in the tunnel between and including those stations will take place on the inbound side of the platform. Delays in service may occur during this time as a result of having only one track operational.

Metro will have a rail supervisor in the system to assist customers, there will be messages posted and public address announcements will be made at the stations to inform passengers of the temporary change in service.

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November 10, 2011
Niagara Falls Airport Increases Parking Capacity

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the Niagara Falls International Airport has almost doubled the number of parking spaces in Lot 3.

In an effort to accommodate the ever-increasing number of passengers using the NFIA, an additional 500 parking spaces have been added to the 600 that were created this past January, when the overflow lot was first opened.

Lot 3 located just south and across the street from the terminal on Niagara Falls Blvd. is fenced, paved, lighted, has shelters in place to provide protection from the elements and is patrolled by NFTA police.

Free shuttle service to and from the terminal is provided during regularly scheduled flights. The lot is opened after main lots, 1 and 2 become full. Lots 1 and 2 are on airport property, each with 250 spaces, and are accessed via the airport’s main entrance.

All of the parking facilities are operated by Standard Parking, under an existing contract that is in place for services rendered at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Parking rates are $5 per day with a maximum weekly rate of $25, which is paid upon entry. The airport now as a total of 1,600 parking spaces.

The terminal is serviced by Allegiant Air (starting Dec. 15), Direct Air and Spirit Airlines. Flight schedules and destinations for all three carriers can be accessed via the NFIA’s website at niagarafallsairport.com.

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November, 7 2011
Direct Air starts up Winter Service to Florida from Niagara Falls International Airport

Myrtle Beach, S.C - Direct Air, an air service with corporate headquarters located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina announced today the reintroduction of seasonal air service from Niagara Falls to West Palm Beach, Florida, located on Florida's east coast in close proximity to Miami-Fort Lauderdale. Nonstop service to and from West Palm Beach will be offered three times per week beginning November 11 throughout the Winter 2011-2012 travel season.

To celebrate the reintroduction of service to West Palm Beach, Direct Air is inviting customers in the greater Niagara Falls area the opportunity to save on Direct Air's current, popular domestic routes, including flights to Lakeland, Florida, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Punta Gorda, Florida. A special promotional fare of “$79 for 79 Hours*” for select flights will be extended to end on Tuesday, November 8th at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Reservations can be booked at www.visitdirectair.com or by calling Direct Air's Reservations Department at 1-877-432-3473.

Ed Warneck, Directing Partner states: “This time of year, people around Niagara Falls know it's time to think about heading for warmer weather fast! With the resumption of our West Palm Beach route around the corner, this is the perfect time to offer the right airfare at the right time for people who might only now be making plans to get out of the cold. We believe that our low fares and nonstop service will make West Palm Beach the destination of choice for winter getaways.”

“Florida has always been an attractive Winter destination for folks living in the Niagara Falls area and in Canada, and our flight program here has always been well-received” Mr. Warneck continues. “Last winter, our booking levels to West Palm Beach favored our ability to maintain this route on a seasonal basis. Now, we're pleased to be able to resume offering nonstop service to West Palm Beach, and hope to continue to see increased demand for travel on this route.”

“We are starting to see emerging demand for West Palm Beach as a cold-weather destination for travelers from Niagara Falls and other areas“ states Directing Partner Judy Tull. “West Palm Beach has always been known as a destination for persons who want to leave their home in the snow country late in the year for a few months. Direct Air's continuing development of the West Palm Beach market has resulted in increasing returns for the company, and more travel options for the flying public”.

Ms. Tull goes on to say that, “The partners of Direct Air all agree that Niagara Falls will continue to play a vital role in our program as a core gateway market. Since 2008, Direct Air has flown over 220,000 passengers from Niagara Falls. It is Direct Air's goal to grow the Niagara Falls market through increased frequency and adding new destinations as we have done in our other markets.”

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October, 28 2011
Metro Rail Service to be Modified Saturday

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the inbound, aboveground Metro Rail stations will be closed from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 due to maintenance work being performed at the stations.

As a result of the work, all boardings and departures on the surface section will take place on the outbound side or eastside of Main Street. Unfortunately, due to the one-track service, there will be delays in service in both directions.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “I want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during this interruption in service. We will work as efficiently as possible to limit any inconvenience to our riders.”

Metro will have rail supervisors in the system to assist customers, there will be messages posted and public address announcements will be made at the stations to inform passengers of the temporary change in service.

Rail service is expected to return to a normal schedule after 4 p.m., in ample time to accommodate customers traveling to the First Niagara Center to attend the Buffalo Sabres game.

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September, 23 2011
Airport Construction Set to Begin September 26

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that construction work involving the two-tier roadway at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is scheduled to start Monday, Sept. 26.

The $1.4 million Airport Improvement Project will involve both the arrivals and departures roadways. The work will consist of installing steel reinforcement to the upper deck roadway, in addition to repairing structural columns and concrete.

During construction the arrivals roadway (lower level) will be closed from 3 to 8 a.m., with lane restrictions at other times. There will be variable message signs in place to direct traffic into the proper lanes for both levels of roadway.

Passengers are advised to allow themselves extra time when using the airport. The recommended time to arrive for a departing flight is 90 minutes prior to departure.

The project will continue as long as the weather permits, with the remaining work to be completed in the spring.

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September, 21 2011
NIAGARA FALLS FLIES TO WEST FLORIDA'S AWARD-WINNING BEACHES AND SUN-FILLED FUN

Niagara FAlls, NY . . .

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT), today announces low-cost, nonstop travel between Niagara Falls, N.Y., and the Tampa Bay, Fla., area via the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport beginning Dec. 15, 2011. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, is offering its customers fares between the two cities for as low as $79.99* one-way.

“We are pleased to bring an affordable and convenient way for the Niagara and southern Ontario areas to travel to Tampa Bay,” Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. “We are confident the Niagara Falls community will appreciate the value of flying nonstop to the Tampa Bay area and the great deals we offer on hotels and car rentals.”

“We are extremely pleased that Allegiant will be serving the Niagara and southern Ontario regions from the Niagara Falls International Airport with service to Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.,” Henry M. Sloma, NFTA acting chairman said. “I'm confident this new Florida destination will be very popular with our customers and they will also find favor with Allegiant's low fares and efficient service.”

"We are very excited about the addition of non-stop service to the Niagara Falls International Airport. The Niagara Falls & Buffalo Airports are gateways for many Canadians to fly to the US and for Americans to visit the scenic Niagara Falls region. With this addition, Allegiant will now offer non-stop low-fare service to 23 destinations to/from our Airport.” said Noah Lagos, A.A.E., Airport Director of the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

The new flights will operate twice weekly between Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), with service Thursday and Sunday. Flights will depart Niagara Falls at 6:00 p.m. arriving in the Tampa Bay area at 8:35 p.m. Flights leaving the Tampa Bay area will depart at 2:30 p.m. arriving in Niagara Falls at 5:20 p.m. (all flight times are local). The carrier will utilize a full-size, 150-seat MD-80 jet aircraft on the route. This will serve as the first flight for Allegiant from the Niagara Falls International Airport.

With an average 361 days of sunshine each year, the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area is considered the most popular vacation destination on Florida's West Coast. The area was named among the top beaches in the United States and is one of a few destinations to have received the “Blue Wave Award” from the Clean Beaches Council. In addition to pristine beaches, visitors are within minutes of shopping, amazing golf courses and award-winning resort and dining experiences.

Allegiant is more than an airline, it is a full-service travel company that offers great value to its customers through its hotel and car rental packages. The company partners with 20 of the Tampa Bay area's most exciting hotel properties, including: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Barefoot Beach Resort, Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Alden Beach Resort, Don CeSar Beach Resort and Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center. Allegiant provides low-cost car rental service through its partnership with Alamo Rent a Car.

Allegiant's $79.99* one-way introductory fare is limited, must be purchased by Oct. 20, 2011, and is valid for travel between Dec. 15, 2011, and Feb. 14, 2012. Introductory fares are not available on all flights.

Reservations can be made on the airline's website at www.allegiant.com or by calling the company's travel experts at 702-505-8888. Allegiant guarantees the lowest price on air and hotel vacation packages through the company's Low-Price Pledge. If the customer finds an air and hotel package for less, Allegiant will credit the difference for use on a future booking. Allegiant is also rewarding customers who book an air and hotel package through the company with an instant $20 savings on roundtrip airfare, making it even more affordable to book an air and hotel package.

About the $79.99* one-way fare: Seats are limited. Fares are one-way and not available on all flights. Must be purchased by Oct. 10, 2011, for travel by Feb. 14, 2012. Offer not available Dec. 24, 2011--Jan. 4, 2012. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11th security fee of up to $10.70 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A fee of $14.99 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant call centers. For ticket counter hours of operation, please visit www.allegiant.com. When purchased at the time of booking, a checked bag fee of up to $19.99 per bag will apply per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $35 per checked bag, per person, per segment will apply for the first two bags checked. Additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply. $20 savings based on a two-night, air+hotel purchase; valid at select Allegiant hotels.

Allegiant, travel is our deal. Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT), is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. Through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, the company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline offering air travel both on a stand-alone basis and bundled with hotel rooms, rental cars and other travel-related services. In 2010, Allegiant was ranked number one for low-cost carriers in Aviation Week's Top Performing Airline study and ranked 25 on FORTUNE magazine's Fastest-Growing Companies list. Receive breaking news from Allegiant by visiting Allegiant's Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/Allegiant or follow Allegiant on Twitter at twitter.com/allegiantair.

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September, 13, 2011
Metro and ECC Expand Unlimited Access Program Agreement

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced they have a new comprehensive agreement with Erie Community College to participate in Metro's College University Unlimited Access Pass program.

ECC becomes the fifth local college to have a Metro unlimited access pass program for all of their undergraduate students. The program provides all of ECC's approximately 15,000 undergraduate students with unlimited access to Metro Bus, Rail and Paratransit services seven days a week.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “We are very excited about having all ECC students participate in Metro's Unlimited Ride program. They will now be able to experience the many advantages of using Metro to travel not only to classes, but at any time they want, to all of the places Metro travels in Erie and Niagara counties.”

“ I would like to thank the NFTA and their directors for providing all ECC students the opportunity to take advantage of unlimited use of all Metro bus and rail services. This service will give easy access to all three ECC campuses from anywhere in Erie County. A special thank you to NFTA Executive Director Minkel for working with ECC to provide this convenience to our students” said Jack Quinn, President of Erie Community College.

The new one-year expanded agreement includes all undergraduate students taking classes at ECC's three campuses starting Sept.1 through May 31, 2012. The previous agreements, which included primarily City campus students, started in 2007.

Metro will provide ECC with student photo identification cards encoded with a magnetic strip that when swiped through the bus fare box or shown to a Metro Rail ticket inspector will provide convenient, unlimited access. The new agreement calls for each student to pay $30 per semester.

As part of the agreement Metro will offer additional MetroLink Route 211 fixed route open door service, which will operate weekdays between the City campus and both North and South campuses from approximately 7 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. The service will also run Saturdays from City campus to South campus between 10 a.m. and 4:50 p.m., providing access to all shopping areas near the McKinley Mall.

ECC has agreed to provide advertising space for Metro to use that will include a outdoor billboard on Ellicott Street across from the college, campus digital signage, website advertising and inclusion in the their promotional materials.

“We laud ECC for adding the additional two campuses to the program so that the entire undergraduate body will now have unlimited access to the whole Metro system to travel throughout the region,” Minkel added.

The Metro Bus and Rail system includes 324 buses and 27 rail cars, generating service for approximately 105,000 people a day in Erie and Niagara counties.

September, 7, 2011
Buffalo Airport Fire Department Turns Thirty

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commemorated the 30th Anniversary of the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting unit at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport today during a recognition program for active and retired firefighters at the BNIA firehouse. The BNIA ARFF unit got its start in March 1981, when it was created as the Public Safety department by the NFTA board of commissioners to handle both safety and security functions at the then Greater Buffalo International Airport.

In April 1981, the NFTA's Public Safety unit assumed control of the airport's fire department duties from the Buffalo Fire department. The unit assumed control of the safety aspect by staffing four security checkpoints in the east and west terminals with 42 public safety officers and became the fire department for the Greater Buffalo International Airport.

Henry M. Sloma, NFTA acting chairman said, “It has been a distinguished 30 years for the men and women of the department. They have grown from a small unit assigned to public safety, into a multi-functional department capable of responding not only to aviation related emergencies, but to mutual aid calls for assistance combating major off-airport fires in the region.”

From its humble beginnings in 1981, the unit has progressed into an elite firefighting department capable of responding to all types of aviation related emergences, in addition to medical emergencies in the terminal such as cardiac arrests. In 2008, members of the department saved two passengers from cardiac arrest in two separate occasions just two months apart.

When Continental Express flight #3407 crashed in Clarence Center, NY in February 2009, the department was one of the first units on the scene with resources, including truck F4 and its fire suppressant foam dispensing capabilities. Members of the department spent the next five days helping secure the crash site.

In addition, in June the department responded to a multiple alarm fire in Depew, NY at the Twin Village Recycling facility, again with truck F4 dispensing fire suppressant foam to quell the hot fire.

Most recently, the City of Buffalo Fire department called upon the BNIA ARFF unit this past July for assistance in fighting a stubborn chemical warehouse fire at Niagara Lubricant. Once again, fire truck F4 was dispatched and assisted in bringing the fire under control by dispensing 400 gallons of fire suppressant foam on the structure.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “I am extremely proud of the quality and professionalism each man and woman brings to the department. They place their lives at risk each time they respond to a call, which they do without hesitation. This takes dedication, commitment and professionalism of the highest level. I am delighted at what they have accomplished and look forward to what they will achieve over the next 30 years.”

The ARFF department now has a complement of 41 firefighters. The unit trains each day in various aspects of firefighting and conducts periodic tabletop exercises and drills at the airfield with area first responders to ensure that when they do work together in the field they are all using the same techniques and methods to maximize their collective efforts.

Chris Putney, Chief of the ARFF unit and a 30-year veteran said, “I am extremely proud of the exemplary work and effort the men and women of the department put forth each and every day to keep the airport safe. Doing so takes dedication, commitment and professionalism of the highest level. I am proud of what we have accomplished as a group and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

Rev. Joe Bayne, OFM Conv., Chief Chaplin, Erie County Emergency Services offered a blessing for the firefighters continued safety of the men and women of the department. In addition, a 30th Anniversary commemorative pin was presented to each active and retired member of the department whom were present.

Further, the program featured a tour of the firehouse and a field demonstration of the firefighting capabilities of fire truck F4 affectionately known as the “beast” of the department.

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July, 8, 2011
Metro to Add Trains to Serve at Taste of Buffalo

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today Metro Rail will increase rider capacity for A Taste of Buffalo, Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, to accommodate riders traveling downtown to enjoy the tasty event.

Extra trains will be added to the regular service on both days so that more passengers will be able to travel at one time. Trains will stop at all stations.

Metro schedules and route maps can be found at nfta.com/metro.

June 21, 2011
Brunette Named NFTA Deputy General Counsel

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Ms.Vicky-Marie J. Brunette has been named the NFTA's Deputy General Counsel. Brunette, 44, started with the authority in 1994.

In making the announcement, NFTA General Counsel David J. State said, "In addition to handling her current litigation caseload, Brunette will perform General Counsel duties in my absence and play a significant role in implementing compliance initiatives being developed by the authority. This restructuring of the General Counsel's office will improve our ability to serve the authority and the public and I congratulate Vicky on her appointment."

Brunette is a graduate of St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY and the Cleveland- Marshal College of Law, Cleveland, OH. She is a resident of North Buffalo, NY.

June 9, 2011
Metro's Summer Youth Pass

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will once again offer the Summer Youth Pass to youth 17 yrs. and under. With the SYP passengers can ride as much as they'd like June 24 through Sept. 8, on any Metro bus or Metro Rail.

The Summer Youth Pass is $52.50 and available at participating Tops, Wilson Farms, Budwey's, Parkside Pharmacy and Dash's Markets. The Summer Youth Pass also comes with discounts to several area restaurants, shops, and attractions. Pass holders just have to show their pass at participating merchants to receive their discount. The savings are so good the pass almost pays for itself. Passes will be on sale starting June 13.

For more details, in addition to Metro maps and schedules, visit at nfta.com.

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May 11, 2011
Metro Trolley Service Will be Offered to Hotel and Motel Guests

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro will once again provide complementary trolley service for guests staying at participating Niagara Falls motels and hotels beginning Friday, May 13. The 55T Niagara Falls Blvd./Pine Avenue trolley bus will travel between and downtown Niagara Falls, serving Niagara Falls Boulevard and Pine Avenue.

Service will operate weekends May 13 - 31 and Nov. 24 -Dec. 31, and seven days a week from June 1 - Oct. 31. The service will operate from 9 a.m. until midnight and on all holidays during these service periods.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, said, “We have two new trolley buses in our fleet this year. They are larger, so we'll be able to better serve our passengers at peak times throughout the year.”

Patrons will receive their trolley day passes that are affixed with a sequential number, upon request at participating hotels and motels. The pass, supported by the local bed tax, allows pass holders free access to the trolley service, and the entire Metro Bus and Rail system in Niagara and Erie counties, on the date the trolley pass is punched by the Metro operator.

Individuals without a trolley day pass may ride the service by paying Metro's regular adult fare of $1.75, 75 cents for children (5-11 yrs.), seniors (65 yrs. and over), disabled and Medicare clients with valid I.D. All other Metro passes are also valid. Children four and under ride free, limit three children per fare paying adult.

Special Route 55T trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a trolley. In downtown Niagara Falls, the 55T trolley stops are located at The Aquarium of Niagara, Rainbow Blvd., Michael O'Laughlin Drive, Rainbow Blvd., Main Street and near the Seneca Niagara Casino at Third Street and Old Falls Street.

In addition, stops are located at the City Market on Pine Avenue and 17th Street, the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, The Summit, several motels along Niagara Falls Boulevard and the Como Restaurant in Little Italy on Pine Avenue and 22nd Street.

All Metro route maps and schedules can be found online at nfta.com/metro, including trolley maps and schedules.

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April 29, 2011
NFTA's Instant Updates Provide Metro Info and More

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that it has streamlined its Instant Update online messaging program to make it easier for individuals to receive e-mails and text messages regarding NFTA information.

People can sign up at the NFTA's website nfta.com to subscribe to receive status changes for categories such as Metro Bus and Rail service, Metro Rider Alerts for any and all routes, Buffalo and Niagara Falls International Airport updates, Paratransit notices, employment postings and slip holder information from the NFTA Boat Harbor.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “Utilizing today's cutting-edge technology, we are able to provide our customers with the most current information possible. With Instant Updates, our customers have the ability to receive information important to them in a matter of minutes no matter where they are.”

Users of the system have the ability to select categories of interest and designate if they want an e-mail, text message or both, and at what e-mail address and cell phone number they want to receive their updates. There is no cost to subscribe to the program, but wireless providers may charge for each text message a user receives.

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April 27, 2011
NFTA Names New Director to Lead Metro Bus and Rail Division

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that they have selected Thomas R. George to be the Authority's new Director of Surface Transportation. Henry M. Sloma, NFTA acting chairman said, “We are pleased to have an individual such as Tom join our team. He possesses strong leadership qualities, knowledge of Metro's operations and the local transportation landscape and is eager to lead Metro at this very important time in its history.”

George, 49, was selected after a nationwide search to fill the position that has been vacant since the retirement of Walter D. Zmuda in November 2010. For the last eight years George has been the Executive Director of the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition.

In his new position George will be responsible for directing the overall Surface Transportation Business Center operation for Metro Bus and Rail and Paratransit services to ensure optimal mobility for the Buffalo Niagara region, in addition to equipment and vehicle maintenance, procurement, financial planning and administration.

As NITTEC's first executive director of the only Canadian - U.S. coalition of its kind, he brought together 14 state, provincial and local transportation agencies in concert with U.S. and Canadian federal authorities to address transportation and mobility opportunities throughout the region and across the international border.

During his tenure at the bi-national agency he oversaw the development of a Regional Concept of Transportation Operations for the Buffalo Niagara region. The multi mode regional operations plan was developed to establish collaboration between all regional transportation agencies.

In addition, he worked with all traffic operations activities throughout the state of New York and Ontario to establish and maintain a consistent approach to traffic management, response protocols, emergency preparedness and traveler information, including the development of integrated systems for data sharing.

He is a graduate of Michigan Technological University where he earned a Bachelors of Science Civil Engineering degree and is a Licensed Professional Engineer.

George will start his new position May 11 at a salary of $125,000. He resides in Akron, NY with his wife and two children.

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April 21, 2011
Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wins Sixth Balchen/Post Award

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced the Buffalo Niagara International Airport received a Balchen/Post Award for Outstanding Achievement at the recent 45th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium.

The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives recognized the BNIA's “snow removal team” with a First Place Award in the medium commercial airport category. All categories of airports - Commercial, General Aviation and Military compete for the awards. This is the 35th consecutive year that awards have been presented and the sixth time the BNIA has been so honored, with the last recognition being for the 2007-08 winter.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, said, “I am extremely proud of our team of snow removal professionals based on the reliable and consistent job they do in keeping our runways safe and open to accommodate aviation during winter storms.”

Nominations for consideration come from airlines, pilots, general aviation officials, hotel owners, corporate pilots and ground transportation operators. An independent selection committee screens the recommendations and makes the selections in various categories based on airport size, which is determined by the number of flights in and out of the airport during the year. In making their selections, the committee considered not only the crew's ability to keep the airport runways free of ice and snow, but also equipment readiness, personnel training, and overall safety awareness.

In spite of 111 inches of snow falling at the BNIA this past winter, runways at the BNIA were never closed. “This speaks volumes about the dedication and ability of our airfield personnel who work around the clock, including being away from their families on holidays and missing family functions while working to maintain our runways,” Minkel added.

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April 20, 2011
Easter Bunny Takes Metro Rail

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Easter Bunny is making an early trip to downtown Buffalo Thursday, April 21. Riding a specially decorated Metro Rail car, the Bunny will be meeting and greeting his fans, posing for photos and, hopefully, welcoming spring. The train will run between 10:48 a.m. and 5:13 p.m. And remember, Metro Rail is free above ground. The schedule is available here.

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April 15, 2011
The Buffalo Airport Welcomes Professionals from Around the World for the 45th Annual International Snow Symposium

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is hosting the 45th Annual Snow Symposium April 17-20 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Organizers expect 350 airport professionals, responsible for runway operations from around the world to attend.

Kimberley A. Minkel, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, executive director, will address the conference Monday, April 18 at 8:30 a.m. speaking about the economic and safety concerns that make snow, slush and ice mitigation so significant and the importance of developing strategies. In addition, she will speak to the BNIA's successful subsurface-engineered wetland glycol treatment project.

One of the featured speakers will be William R. Vanecek, the director of aviation for the NFTA, where he oversees all business and operational facets of both the Buffalo and Niagara Falls International Airports. Mr. Vanecek will be presenting lessons learned from the airport's role in responding to the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, NY.

This marks the 26th consecutive year the symposium is being hosted by the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Thomas Dames, symposium chairman said, “The site selection committee continues to be very impressed with Buffalo. The Convention and Visitors Bureau, the area hotels and the NFTA all work together to create an inviting, friendly atmosphere for the guests.”

“A snowstorm can cost a major airport more than a quarter of a million dollars in removal alone. The cost of delays compounds that number. None of which compares to the potential safety risks ice and snow can create. The chance for snow removal teams from around the world to exchange ideas and best practices is invaluable,” Minkel added.

One of the main events of the symposium is the presentation of the Balchen/Post Awards, which are given to airport snow-control teams that have demonstrated determination and excellence in keeping their respective airport runways open and safe during winter storms. Presentations are scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 as part of the 12:30 p.m. luncheon.

Tom Long, symposium vice chairman can be reached at 412- 953-3677 during the event to address media inquiries. Additional information, including the program can be found at www.snowsymposium.org. The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives organizes the event.

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April 14, 2011
Niagara Falls International Airport Opens Cell Phone Lot

Niagara Falls, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, operator of the Niagara Falls International Airport, announced today that the airport has opened a cell phone lot to assist people waiting to pick up inbound passengers.

The lot is located just south of the entrance to the main lot in front of the new terminal. It provides free parking where people can wait in their vehicle until they receive a call on their cell phone informing them their passengers are ready to be picked up in front of the terminal.

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April 7, 2011
Direct Air announces nonstop service to the Bahamas and Puerto Rico from Niagara Falls International Airport

Niagara Falls, NY . . .

Direct Air, an air service with corporate headquarters located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina announced today it has added two new Caribbean destinations flying from Niagara Falls International Airport. Beginning November 17th, 2011, three NON STOP flights per week departing and returning on Friday, Saturday, and Monday will begin to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Nassau, Bahamas.

Director-General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism David L. Johnson said “As we seek to develop secondary USA markets to The Islands of The Bahamas, we welcome the opportunity to work with a niche carrier like Direct Air and look forward to building year round services from these new markets to Nassau/ Paradise Island."

Judy Tull, CEO of Direct Air said “Direct Air has built a strong niche service developing underserved markets offering convenient service via smaller, secondary airports as an alternative to high fares and lengthy travel times at big airports. Niagara Falls International Airport is situated just ten minutes from the US/Canadian border, and only a half-hour from Buffalo. This incredible location has benefited thousands of customers in both the US and Canada, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership with Niagara Falls International Airport and the surrounding community.”

Direct Air President, Ed Warneck states “The partners of Direct Air all agree that we have been and will continue to be a vital presence in the Niagara Falls area. Since 2007, Direct Air has flown over 200,000 passengers from Niagara Falls. Flights to date have averaged a load factor of 85% to and from Niagara Falls, and that number continues to increase. It is Direct Air's goal to grow the Niagara Falls market through increased frequency and adding new destinations as we have done in our other markets.”

Direct Air has been offering non-stop and direct jet flight service since 2007. The company is pleased to add Nassau and San Juan to its current markets: Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Pittsburgh, Pa. ; Newark, N.J.; Lakeland, Fla.; Hagerstown, Md.; Columbus, Oh.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Toledo, Oh.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Worcester, Mass.; Allentown, Pa.; Rockford, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; Melbourne, Fla.; Orlando-Sanford, Fla.; Punta Gorda, Fla., and West Palm Beach, Fla. All Direct Air flights are public charters operated on Boeing 737-400, 150 passenger jet aircraft by Sky King Airlines featuring 12 First Class and 138 coach leather seating, and on Boeing 737-800 series jet aircraft. Direct Air is very excited to be flying its one-millionth passenger in 2011.

As part of the opening celebration, Direct Air is offering passengers flying to Nassau and San Juan a special promotional fare of “$99 for 99 Hours”. However, certain black-out days may apply. This promotion begins with the press conference on April 7th and will end Monday, April 11th at midnight Eastern time. Reservations can be booked at www.visitdirectair.com or by calling Direct Air's Reservations Department at 1-877-432-3473.

Airfares are one-way, subject to availability and subject to change. Fares do include Federal Excise Tax of 7.5%. Fares do not include Federal Flight Segment Tax of $3.70, September 11th Security Fee of $2.50, and Passenger Facility Charges of up to $4.50 per person per direction of travel. Passenger usage fee $13.00 each way, APHIS fee $5.00, Immigration user fee $7.00, U.S. departure tax $16.30 each way, BS passenger processing $6.00, BS departure tax $20.00, BS Airport facility fee $20.00, Bahamas security charge $21.50. A convenience fee of $15 per direction will be assessed for customers who book at visitdirectair.com or via the call center. Reservations booked by calling Direct Air's Reservations department will cost an additional $20 per person each way, reflecting Convenience fee and $5.00 call center fee. Puerto Rico and Bahamas Flights may include arrival in the US inspection fees up to $17.50, Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) up to $18.00 per round trip passenger in local airport charges, and other government taxes and fees(including U.S. government excise tax) of up to $100.00 per round trip. Additional taxes, fees, and airport charges may apply up to 22% of the fare value per country. See Operator-Participant Agreement for full disclosure.

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March 30, 2011
Direct Air Announces Additional Service to the “Orlando West” region of Florida from Niagara Falls International Airport

Niagara Falls, NY . . .

Direct Air, an air service with corporate headquarters located in Myrtle Beach, SC, announced today it will add another new destination from Niagara Falls International Airport by providing nonstop jet service to the Orlando West and Tampa region of Florida beginning June 24, 2011.

As part of the opening celebration, Direct Air is offering passengers flying between these new markets a special introductory fare of “$79 for 79 Hours.” This promotion begins with the press conference on Wednesday, March 30 and will end Saturday, April 2 at midnight. Direct Air will begin with three flights per week, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays, beginning June 24. Reservations can be booked at www.visitdirectair.com or by calling Direct Air's reservations department at 1-877-432-3473.

Stan Rydelek, Sales Director of Direct Air said, “We are excited to be expanding our presence in Central Florida with the introduction of Lakeland Regional Airport. We are very excited with this addition to the currently served cities of Myrtle Beach, Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda, Melbourne, and West Palm Beach.”

Henry M. Sloma, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's acting chairman said, “We are extremely pleased that Direct Air is expanding its reach with new service to Lakeland, Florida.”

Judy Tull, CEO of Direct Air said, “Direct Air has built a strong niche service developing underserved markets offering convenient service via smaller, secondary airports as an alternative to high fares and lengthy travel times at big airports.” Ed Warneck, President of Direct Air believes the Lakeland Region will be attractive to travelers because of its strategic location situated between Orlando and Tampa / St. Petersburg on Florida's west coast. Passengers will find it as convenient and an economical alternative to the busy and stressful larger airports in Orlando and Tampa. The quick convenient one and a half hour flight will allow more time to enjoy their vacation.”

Direct Air has been offering non-stop and direct jet flight service since 2007. The company is pleased to add Lakeland, FL, and Hagerstown, MD to its current markets: Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Newark, N.J.; Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Columbus, Oh.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Toledo, Oh.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Worcester, Mass.; Allentown, Pa.; Rockford, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; Melbourne, Fla.; Orlando-Sanford, Fla.; Punta Gorda, Fla., and West Palm Beach, Fla. All Direct Air flights are public charters operated on Boeing 737-400, 150 passenger jet aircraft by Sky King Airlines featuring 12 First Class and 138 coach leather seating. Direct Air is excited to be flying its one-millionth passenger in 2011.

Airfares are one-way beginning at $99 each way and increase in increments based on availability. First Class seats are available for a $100 upgrade each way. Seat assignments in advance require a $10 purchase per person. There is an additional charge for baggage and surcharges may apply for excess/overweight-checked baggage. A convenience fee of $15 each way will be accessed. Air fares do not include Federal Segment Fee of $3.50 per segment (A segment is defined as one take off and one landing), Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) up to $4.50 and September 11 Security Fee of $3.70 per departure.

Contact:

Direct Air Media Relations

Kelsey Dunn

kdunn@myrtlebeachdirectair.com

(843) 916-9700

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March 25, 2011
David J. State Selected NFTA General Counsel

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the General Counsel Selection Committee has unanimously selected David J. State as its new General Counsel.

Henry M. Sloma, NFTA Chairman said, “Today's selection was extremely difficult. The committee had before it four well qualified individuals who all possessed impressive credentials, but after a lengthy deliberation David was our collective choice.”

State, 48, is currently an assistant state attorney general, a position he has held since Aug. 2007. Prior to that he was an administrative law judge with the New State Office of Temporary Disability and a JAG Officer (Major) for the Trial Counsel, 42nd Infantry Division.

Howard A. Zemsky, committee chairman said, “I want to thank my fellow commissioners for their time and commitment through the entire vetting process. As a result of their combined efforts, we were able to unanimously agree on an extremely talented and well qualified individual.”

State has previous experience as legal counsel to numerous boards and agencies including the Buffalo Common Council, Preservation Board, Elevator Safety Review Board and the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

An Iraq veteran, he served from May 2004 to Jan. 2006 when he was mobilized to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served with the Army Judge Advocate General Corps in Iraq. In addition, he holds faculty positions at the University of Buffalo where he teaches Urban Development Law and Policy and at Erie Community College where he instructs on Business Law I and II.

Upon learning of his selection State said, “I am extremely pleased to have been selected from such a talented group of individuals. I am looking forward with great anticipation to working at the NFTA as it gives me an opportunity to continue my involvement in public service, which has been such a big part of my life.”

State will be starting his new position in April at a salary of $125,000. He resides in Buffalo with his wife and two daughters.

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March 15, 2011
Airport Hospitality Ambassadors to be Honored for Volunteerism

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the hospitality ambassadors at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will celebrate their 11th anniversary Tuesday, March 15 during an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historical Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY.

Approximately 80 volunteers ranging in age from 20 to 80, act as regional “goodwill ambassadors” by providing friendly assistance and helpful information to passengers and guests of the BNIA. The ambassadors, clad in their distinctive blue blazers, assist with directions to local and regional attractions, lodging details, information regarding public transit and in general, act as “liaisons” of goodwill for the region.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “Our ambassadors are one of the reasons why our airport is deemed to be so user friendly. While the design of the airport has won awards, in the final analysis, it is our people who create the positive difference in the operation. The ambassadors have become essential in our efforts to be one of the best airports in the country.”

Henry McCartney, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, will address the group on the significance of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference, which is coming to Buffalo in October will have on the Buffalo Niagara region. “The ambassadors will play a key role in helping ensure visitors feel welcome and create a dynamic lasting first impression of our community,” McCartney said.

While many airports have volunteer programs, the Buffalo airport ranks in the top 10 for the number of hours volunteered. In 2010 over 8,900 hours of volunteered service was provided, which has an economic value of approximately $108,000. Each volunteer who qualifies will be awarded a President's Volunteer Award from the Points of Light Institute as part of the national program recognizing and celebrating the importance of volunteer service.

Several new Ambassadors will be singled out for reaching the Bronze level in the Presidential Points of Light recognition program. This level is achieved by donating 100-249 hours in a calendar year.

Individuals interested in becoming a BNIA volunteer hospitality ambassador can contact Bev Halligan at 630-6072 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. or online at Beverly_Halligan@nfta.com.

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March 14, 2011
Using Public Transportation Helps Beat the High Cost of Gas

Buffalo, NY . . .

“With gas prices higher than ever and financial concerns affecting everyone, now is the time to save money and ride Metro Bus and Rail,” suggests Kimberley A. Minkel, Executive Director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Nationally, nearly 2.5 billion trips were taken on public transportation in the third quarter of 2010, according to the American Public Transportation Association. As gas prices continue to approach $4 per gallon, people are looking for ways to reduce their commuting costs and riding Metro provides the easiest way to reach that goal.

Locally, Metro Bus and Rail combined had 27.3 million boardings last year, its highest total since 2008. As gas prices rise, more people are using public transportation as a means of reducing their daily commuting costs as is validated by a 3 percent increase in ridership over the past four months. Switching from driving to riding Metro for even a few of their trips is a proven way for individuals to cut monthly and yearly transportation costs.

Metro can now answer the question many people are asking . . . How much can I save by using public transit? Metro's website at nfta.com/metro features a user-friendly calculator that lets people insert their commuting data such as distance traveled to work each day, cost of gas, number of days commuting to work, cost of parking, mileage obtained by one's car and with the click of the mouse the program will compute the yearly savings that can be realized by taking Metro.

Using average variables for a daily roundtrip commute to work (40 miles), mpg (23), cost of gas ($3.70 gal), and parking ($7 per day) the person would pay approximately $3,493 per year to drive to work. Using a Metro $4 Day Pass, the person would pay $1,040, achieving a yearly savings of $2,453 according to the calculator.

An additional savings of approximately 30 percent can be achieved by using Metro's Advantage Plan to purchase a monthly systemwide Metro pass. Full details on how to participate in the Advantage Plan can be found online at nfta.com/metro.

“As uncertainty in other parts of the world persists, and Americans continue to suffer economic woes, making the change to public transit today gives individuals the opportunity to lower their transportation costs, and at the same time reduce their carbon footprint, which benefits everyone,” Minkel said.

In addition, the website has a Carbon Savings Calculator that will help people estimate the potential reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in terms of pounds one can achieve by switching part or all of their travel to public transportation.

Commuting by public transportation reduces carbon emissions by 20 lbs per day, 4,800 lbs. per year, which is more than if you weatherized your home, converted to fluorescent bulbs and replaced an old refrigerator combined.

To assist people who might be new to Metro they can go online and use Metro's trip planner to assist in planning their trip using the bus or rail, in addition to showing all Metro schedules and route maps that are easy to download and print for future use.

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March 2, 2011
Special Board Meeting March 2

Buffalo, NY . . .

A special meeting of the Board of Commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will be held Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. in the sixth floor boardroom at the Metropolitan Transportation Center, 181 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY.

The agenda for the meeting will be:

1. NFTA General Counsel candidates

2. Outer harbor property

It is expected that the agenda will be discussed in executive session.

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February 10, 2011
Metro Rail to Increase Sunday Afternoon Service

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that in light of the increased activity taking place in downtown Buffalo Sunday, Feb. 13, Metro Rail will be providing additional service during the day.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “As a result of Winterfest, the Auto Show, the Pond Hockey Tournament and an afternoon Sabres game all taking place downtown Sunday afternoon, Metro Rail will be beefing up its service to accommodate people attending these events.”

All normal Metro boarding fares will apply during the weekend in spite of published reports to the contrary.

All Metro schedules and route maps are available online at nfta.com/metro.

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February 7, 2011
First Rebuilt Metro Rail Car Arrives in Buffalo

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that it has received the delivery of its first newly refurbished Metro rail car at its Yard and Shops facility on Ohio St. in Buffalo, NY.

The first of 27 rail cars to receive a $1.5 million makeover arrived Thursday, Feb. 3 after making the 100-mile trip atop a flatbed truck from Hornell, NY, where AnsaldoBreda Inc. a unit of AnsaldoBreda S.p.A of Italy has been making wholesale improvements to the car.

Eunice A. Lewin, Chairwoman of the NFTA's Surface Transportation Committee said, “We are definitely very pleased that the first car has arrived. While it has been a longer than expected journey to arrive at this point, I am confident we can now move forward with our plans to provide our over 6 million annual customers with one of the most modern light rail systems in the nation.”

Giancarlo Fantappie, President & CEO, AnsaldoBreda, Inc. said, “We are very pleased to deliver this first rail car to the NFTA. The second rebuilt car will arrive at the end of Feb. While there have been issues in the past that have plagued this project, those issues are now behind us and we are totally confident that this milestone represents a critical juncture for our relationships with the NFTA as it will allow us to move forward rebuilding their entire fleet of light rail vehicles. This first rebuilt vehicle incorporates unique enhancements and innovative solutions that will provide a higher level of safety, comfort and reliability to the citizens of Buffalo.”

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, “Metro Rail provides the most environmentally efficient, pocketbook friendly and reliable mode of transportation for thousands of people traveling in and out of Buffalo each and every day of the year. We are pleased to be able to provide these new rail cars so our riders can enjoy a safe and comfortable ride on Metro Rail for many years to come.”

Each vehicle is being equipped with a host of new safety features, passenger amenities and mechanical upgrades as part of the $40 million project. Enhanced passengers features include new colored seats and shells, HVAC components, interior emergency audio system, brighter energy efficient overhead lighting, anti-slip coating on door thresholds and interior/exterior LED signage. All cars will become uniform in appearance as the current orange and brown color scheme transitions to an all white background accented with silver and blue trim.

Americans with Disabilities related improvements include flashing lights at all doors, new gong sounds to signal the opening and closing of doors and automatic passenger stop announcements/LED displays to assist hearing and visually impaired passengers. In addition, an inter-car barrier at both ends of the rail car has been designed to prevent blind passengers from falling into the track bed or walking between cars in the above ground section.

The 22,880 riders who use Metro Rail each weekday may not notice the myriad mechanical and safety improvements that each vehicle is receiving, but they are equally as significant to the project. Each car is being equipped with new suspensions, rebuilt gearboxes, air compression system, improved breaking system, overhauled traction motors, refurbished trucks with new wheels and 35,000 feet of new electrical wiring.

The operators' compartment has also been retooled with a new ergonomic design, improved HVAC system, enhanced electric window wipers and side window along with a new seat design for operator comfort.

A second rail car is expected to be delivered mid-Feb., at which point the two cars will be put through a 600-mile “testing and commissioning” process. The testing is expected to take three to four months. Upon a satisfactory conclusion, Metro will ship four cars to Hornell, starting a process whereby one completed car will be sent to Buffalo with Metro sending an additional car to Hornell until all 27 cars are finished. All cars are required to be completed within 36 months from the date of accepting the first two.

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January 20, 2011
Metro Enjoys Significant Increase in 2010

Boardings up 5 percent

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that its Metro Bus and Rail division saw an increase of 1.2 million passenger boardings in 2010 when compared to 2009. Representing a 5 percent increase, it is the second largest one-year gain; surpassed only by an 8 percent increase in 2008.

Metro bus and rail combined had 27.3 million boardings in 2010, compared to 26 million in 2009. This represents the most boarding since 2008 when there were 28.2 million boardings, and is the second busiest year Metro has had in the past eight years.

“There are number of factors involved,” said NFTA Commissioner Eunice A. Lewin, chairwoman of the Surface Transportation Committee. “The restructuring of Metro routes to provide more service in its core areas has begun to pay dividends. Additionally, more people are seeing public transportation as a way to reduce the cost of their commute in light of the almost daily increasing price of gas and by eliminating their parking fees.”

As part of its recently applied Service Restructuring and Simplified Fare Plan, Metro streamlined its fare structure Sept. 1 by eliminating its four-zone system, and implementing a one-fare per boarding standard of $1.75 reducing the cost of a monthly system wide pass to $64, making Metro easier to use and less expensive to ride.

Further, the entire route system was restructured Oct. 31 by way of adjusting routes and rebalancing service levels, making the bus system more efficient and cost effective. Bus frequencies were increased on the heaviest used routes, and operated less frequently over lesser-used routes. In addition, Metro Rail Sunday service was increased to start earlier and run later.

Metro's Advantage program continues to be popular as a way to reduce transportation costs. Currently 103 organizations participate in this pre-tax arrangement that allows both employees and employers to save money. Employees pay for their monthly Metro pass using pre-tax dollars, saving approximately 30 percent each month. Money spent on pre-tax transit expenditures reduces an employer's obligations to federal and state income tax, some unemployment taxes, and FICA.

"We are seeing the positive effects of the changes we made in the fall, but we are far from finished. We are going to continue monitoring ridership on all of our routes and continue listening to our customers in an ongoing effort to ensure we are providing the most efficient public transit service possible,” Lewin said.

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December 28, 2010
NFTA Board Selects New Executive Director

Kimberley A. Minkel to Lead Transportation Agency

Buffalo, NY . . .

The Board of Commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today the selection of Kimberley A. Minkel as the agency’s new Executive Director.

Minkel, 45, started at the NFTA in October 2002 as its Director of Health, Safety, and Environmental Quality. She has over 20 years of experience in the environmental and safety regulations business along with experience in compliance managing. She earned a bachelor of science degree from Niagara University in 1988 and an MBA with a concentration in management from Canisius College in 1995.

Henry M. Sloma, NFTA acting chairman said, “Today’s unanimous vote by the Board speaks volumes about the confidence we have collectively regarding Kim’s ability to lead this multifaceted agency. She is a person of integrity, who knows the inner workings of the NFTA, the community and has the necessary qualifications to move the agency forward.”

As director of the authority’s HSEQ department, she has worked to ensure the safety and protection of its workers, riders, the public and the environment. Recently, she oversaw the completion of an award winning environmental project for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport that uses wetland treatment technology for treating spent deicing fluid in storm water runoff. The BNIA is the first airport in the United States to use such a process. This project was awarded the Diamond Award in the Environmental Category by the NY branch of the American Council of Engineering Companies and a very prestigious Honor Award by the U.S. national ACEC.

“I am honored and humbled at being selected to be the new executive director. I am looking forward to working closely with our 1,500 dedicated employees to ensure that the NFTA is doing all we can to provide the highest quality and safest transportation services possible. I am also looking forward to meeting and getting to know more of our elected officials, and regional stakeholders to make certain that we are engaged at all levels going forward, Minkel said.”

Minkel began her career in 1989 at Sevenson Environmental as the Health and Safety Manager, Data Information Manager, and Quality Assurance Officer. She was responsible for managing all field and laboratory data, initiating system audits, and conducted employee safety evaluations.

In 1992, she became Manager of Environmental, Health, and Safety for Washington Mills Electro Minerals Corp. Following this, in 1999 she became Manager of Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Compliance at Xerox Corporation. In both of these positions, she ensured compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines and managed employee accidents, including prevention, investigation, and behavior modification programs.

She is a member of many professional organizations, including Western New York Safety Advisory Committee and Who’s Who of Professional Management. In the past, she served on the Board of Directors for the Peace Bridge Authority, the City of Niagara Falls N.F.B. Development Corporation and she is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Buffalo. She has also co-authored several papers dealing with innovative approaches for managing storm water runoff at airports.

Ms. Minkel resides in Lancaster with her husband and two children.

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November 2, 2010
MEDIA ADVISORY November Board Meetings

The following committee meetings have been scheduled for the month of November 2010. All meetings will be held in the 6th floor Board Room at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority located at 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY, unless otherwise indicated.

Please note each meeting scheduled on November 18th will be held in consecutive order, however, due to length of each meeting, specific time of each meeting may be delayed.

The subject of the special meeting will be to interview candidates for the Executive Director's position. It is the intention of the Board to discuss all matters in executive session.

Thursday, November 11 Special Board Meeting 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 18 Audit and Governance Committee 9:00 a.m.

Surface Transportation Committee 10:00 a.m.

Property Risk Management Committee 11:00 a.m.

Aviation Committee 11:30 a.m.

Monday, November 22 Board Meeting 12:30 p.m.

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October 15, 2010
Crisis Management Exercise to Take Place Sunday, October 17

WHO: Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police Tactical Team, Erie County Emergency Services, TSA, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Buffalo Police, FBI and Cheektowaga Police SWAT

WHAT: A simulated exercise involving defusing a suspected explosive device on a bus parked in the parking lot and a hostage situation inside the rail station

WHERE: Metro Rail LaSalle Station, 3040 Main St., Buffalo, NY

WHEN: Sunday, October 17, 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

SPECIAL INFORMATION: Metro Rail service will have ended for the day prior to the start of the exercise.

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October 14, 2010
Restructuring of Metro Routes Set to Take Place October 31

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Phase II of Metro's Service Restructuring and Simplified Fare plan is on schedule to go into effect Sunday, Oct. 31 when changes to Metro routes and schedules will be implemented.

“Metro is adjusting routes and rebalancing service levels to make the whole bus and rail system more efficient and cost effective,” said NFTA Commissioner Eunice A. Lewin. “This is necessary due to continued financial pressure on our budget, less available operating assistance and changes in riding patterns.” The adjustments come after a thorough yearlong operational and financial evaluation of the entire Metro system.

Passengers can now see changes that have been made to routes and schedules as they are finalized by going online to nfta.com/metro. Each route is listed in a special section, showing the current level of service and what adjustments will be made as of Oct. 31. In addition, informational brochures will be available on buses, at Metro transportation centers and in rail stations.

The modifications are designed to improve service for Metro riders, however, a minority of riders will be impacted by some of the changes, though most of the higher ridership core routes, which carry a majority of Metro's passengers will have little change, except for adjustments to service levels. The goal is to have routes run at regular intervals of 15 minutes in certain areas and during peak ridership times, or every 30 or 60 minutes during the evening and weekends.

Buses will run more frequently over the heaviest used parts of a route, and less frequently over the lesser-used parts. Suburban service has been redesigned to be more efficient and easier to understand with some new route names and numbers and fewer confusing route and trip variations. Some route segments and two entire routes, #51 and #56, which have a history of low ridership will be discontinued. Express routes have also been revised to be more reflective of historical ridership patterns.

Metro Rail will increase Sunday service starting Oct. 31, as service hours will be expanded to operate from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at 20-minute intervals. There will be no change to weekday or Saturday service.

Lewin added, “Perfecting the restructuring of Metro's system will take some time. It is more of a process than an event. The process starts now, making the system financially stronger, more efficient, cost-effective and ultimately better for our riders.”

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September 16, 2010
BUFFALO AIRPORT TO CONDUCT FIELD TRAINING EXERCISE

WHO: Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting and Transit Police, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Rural/Metro Medical Services, New York State Police, Erie County Sheriff's Dept., Lancaster, Cheektowaga, and Amherst police depts. In addition to the City of Buffalo Fire Dept., Erie County Emergency Services Department, Erie County Medical Center, Kaleida Health and Catholic Health.

WHAT: A crisis management exercise involving a simulated aircraft accident at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. There will be no business interruption or visual impact inside the terminal.

WHERE: Access to the exercise will be from 247 Cayuga Rd., north entrance, behind the Airfield building, just outside Gate 4. Because this exercise takes place on the airfield, access will be limited.

WHEN: Saturday, September 18, 9:00 a.m. If you wish to cover this event, you need to be at Gate 4 by this time. Michael Martineck, NFTA Public Affairs, will be available to escort media.

SPECIAL INFORMATION: As part of the drill, emergency vehicles will be responding to the airport. They will NOT be responding with lights and sirens, but may turn on their lights once at the scene. The sight of emergency vehicles converging to the airport may concern people living in the neighborhood, using the facility or to those having family working at the airport.

It would be very helpful if you could inform the public in advance that this is a planned drill and there is no reason for concern.

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August 13, 2010
Metro Bus and Rail Public Information Sessions

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has launched a series of public information sessions to help the community fully understand Metro's new fare structure that goes into effect Sept. 1. Metro is eliminating zones, and zone charges, as well as moving from 12 different passes to two: the Metro Monthly pass and the Metro Day pass. Metro will have staff on hand to answer questions at the following times and places:

August 17 Old First Ward Community Center

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 62 Republic Street

Buffalo, New York


August 20 University Rail Station, South Campus

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Main Street

Buffalo, New York


August 23 Metropolitan Transportation Center

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 181 Ellicott Street

Buffalo, New York


August 23 Niagara Falls Transportation Center

1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 2250 Factory Outlets Boulevard

Niagara Falls, New York


August 24 West Side Community Services

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. 161 Vermont Street

Buffalo, New York


August 25 Valley Community Center

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. South Park Avenue and Leddy

Buffalo, New York


August 26 Gloria J. Parks Community Center

1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 3242 Main Street

Buffalo, New York


August 27 LaSalle Rail Station

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Main Street and LaSalle Avenue

Buffalo, New York


September 2 Tosh Collins Community Center

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 35 Cazenovia Street

Recreation Department

Buffalo, New York


September 3 Allen/Medical Campus

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Main Street and Allen Street

Buffalo, New York


A complete review of all of the service and fare changes can be viewed online at nfta.com.

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August 10, 2010
Metro to Provide Extra Service to Erie County Fair

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro would provide service on the 36 Hamburg and 14 Abbott bus routes to the Erie County Fair & Exposition Wednesday, Aug. 11 through Sunday the 22.

On weekdays, Route 36 Hamburg buses depart for the Fair from Mohawk and Ellicott Streets, starting at 8:37 a.m. and approximately every hour thereafter with the last bus leaving at 9:43 p.m.Buses returning to Buffalo start departing the grounds at 10:11 a.m. and continue almost hourly up to 11:02 p.m. Buses stop at both McKinley Avenue and South Park entrances.

Saturdays, the first 36 Hamburg leaves downtown Buffalo at 9:15 a.m. The last bus leaves the fairgrounds for Buffalo at 9:30 p.m. Sunday service to the Fair starts at 11 a.m. with the last bus leaving the Fair at 9:50 p.m.

Additionally, the 14 Abbott bus would provide service to the Fair on Saturdays only, with three round trips serving only the McKinley Avenue entrance. The first 14 Abbott leaves downtown at 9:10 a.m. from Mohawk Street and Washington Street, with the last bus leaving at 1:10 p.m. Departing buses start at 10:03 a.m. with the last bus leaving the Fair at 2:02 p.m.

Metro fare to the fairground is $2.35 for adults and $1.05 for children five to 11 years old, senior citizens (65 & older) and the disabled with approved identification. Children four and under ride free with a fare-paying adult (limit three children with fare-paying adult.)

Rider Alerts listing the outbound schedule to the Fair will be posted on all buses and in Metro facilities.

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July 8, 2010
NFTA Launches Information Kiosks

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced it has installed eight touch-screen information kiosks at strategic points throughout Buffalo Niagara to provide current information about NFTA services.

The stand-alone computer terminals provide online information about Metro bus and rail service, the Niagara Falls and Buffalo airports, the NFTA Boat Harbor, and even the NFTA itself. Job postings and other details regarding the Authority are right at the users fingertips. In addition, the kiosks provide access to the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau and Niagara USA Web sites, giving users an easy, reliable overview of the region.

Lawrence M. Meckler, NFTA executive director said, “Our goal is to assist people who are looking for public transportation, and general tourist information, where and when they need it most. The kiosks will help keep people informed even when they don't have a laptop or smart phone handy.”

The user-friendly kiosks are located at Metro's University Station, Portage Road Transportation Center, Niagara Falls Transportation Center, the Metropolitan Transportation Center and the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Airports.

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June 28, 2010
Metro to Simplify Fares and Modify Routes

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to adopt recommended service adjustments and a simplified fare structure for Metro Bus and Rail in conjunction with its Service Restructuring and Fare Analysis/Strategic Assessment Study.

Over the past year, consultants from Transportation Management & Design, Inc., together with Metro's service planning department, conducted a comprehensive strategic assessment of how Metro delivers its service and conducted numerous public informational meetings and hearings to obtain suggestions from the community. The final recommendations reflect findings from the inclusive study and stakeholders' comments on how to make Metro easy and more efficient.

Eunice A. Lewin, NFTA commissioner and chairwoman of the Surface Transportation Committee said, “The service and fare analysis assessment is one of the most meaningful projects Metro has undertaken. When implemented, the restructuring of our service deliverables will offer more options to riders, an uncomplicated fare structure and improve overall operational efficiency, resulting in a more economically sustainable Metro system.”

SIMPLIFIED FARE STRUCTURE

Changes to Metro's fare structure will take effect Sept. 1, 2010. The new simplified format maintains the current boarding fare at $1.75, eliminates fare zone charges and bus-to-bus transfers. As a result of eliminating the zones, the cost of a system-wide monthly pass will be reduced from $77 to $64. A system-wide Day pass will continue to be sold for $4.

The sale of bus tokens will cease Sept. 1, except to social service agencies, but will continue to be accepted through August 2013.

Paratransit fares will still be twice the adult cash fare, however, paratransit eligible riders will now be able to travel free on all of Metro's fixed route service. Further, the price of a system-wide PAL 10 and 20-trip pass will be reduced to $29 and $58 from $39 and $79.50 respectively.

In addition, reduced fares will continue to be offered to disabled and Medicare passengers with proper ID, senior citizens 65 and older and children 5-11 yrs. Children four and under ride free with a paying adult, limit three children per paying adult.

SERVICE MODIFICATIONS

The resolution also calls for the restructuring of various Metro routes and route segments to commence Oct. 31, 2010. The major points of change are:

- Reallocation of service to improve frequencies on 15 of Metro's most used routes, with service to operate at a minimum of every 15 minutes during the weekday

- Establish new or renamed and numbered suburban feeder routes

- Extended Metro Rail service on Sunday

- Discontinuance of three routes; 51 Military Summit, 56 River Rd. and the 207 Elmwood Circulator, in addition to segments of other routes, all of which have a history of very low ridership

- The current Paratransit service area and level of service, which is based on Metro's current fixed route system, will remain in effect for 12-months subsequent to any service changes that start Oct. 31

Also, staff has been directed to seek funding to implement another key study recommendation to initiate ridership estimation, basic feasibility and cost benefit analysis of three high level transit investment corridors: Airport/Broadway, Amherst/UB North Campus and Delaware Avenue/Elmwood Avenue emerged as viable candidates for future major transit investment. “The execution of these changes will simplify our Metro system, making it easier to use, thus increasing ridership opportunities for our customers and provide a more user-friendly public transportation system going forward,” Lewin said.

A complete review of all of the service and fare changes will be available online at nfta.com/metro in mid-July.

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June 14, 2010
Metro's Summer Youth Pass

Buffalo, NY . . . Starting June 25 the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will once again offer the Summer Youth Pass to people 17 and under. With the SYP passengers can ride as much as they'd like June 25th through Wednesday, September 8th, on any bus or Metro Rail, (excluding only Darien Lake service.) The Summer Youth Pass is $52.50 and available at participating Tops, Wilson Farms, Budwey's, Parkside Pharmacy and Dash's Markets. The Summer Youth Pass also comes with discounts to several area restaurants, shops, and attractions. The savings are so good, the pass almost pays for itself. Passes will be on sale starting on June 16. For more details, in addition to Metro maps and schedules, visit at nfta.com.

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June 9, 2010
Metro Rail to Alter Service on Thursday Nights

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that a portion of Metro Rail service will be suspended on Thursday evenings starting June 10.

In anticipation of large crowds attending the popular Thursday at the Square concerts June 10 through August 12, Metro Rail service will be suspended in the immediate area of the concerts inbound between Lafayette Station and Church Street Station and outbound between Church Street Station and Fountain Plaza Station from approximately 7 to 9 p.m. on each of the 10 dates.

Lawrence M. Meckler, NFTA executive director said, “The Thursday concerts have become very popular, attracting large numbers of people and as a result, warrant precautionary measures. The safety of our customers, employees and the general public is our number one concern.”

Metro will provide free shuttle bus service for its customers between Main Street at Church Street (Church Street Station) and Main Street at Chippewa Street (Fountain Plaza Station) where customers will be able to make a rail connection in each direction.

Regular rail service will operate between Erie Canal Harbor Station and Church Street Station and between Lafayette Station and University Station during the suspended periods.

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May 19, 2010
New Metro Bus Shelter in Place to Serve Niagara Falls Walmart

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that it has erected a bus shelter in the LaSalle Center to accommodate passengers using its new Metro service into the plaza.

The placement of the new shelter coincides with Metro starting to serve the Walmart Supercenter in the LaSalle Center located at 1540 Military Rd. in Niagara Falls as of April 16.

Metro’s Route 55, Pine Avenue bus has been rerouted to directly operate to the Walmart store parking lot via the main plaza entrance driveway and exit the parking lot to Niagara Falls Blvd., via 80th Street.

Presently the 55 bus has 68 weekday, 25 Saturday and 19 Sunday trips to the Walmart site to accommodate employees and customers.

Metro schedules and route maps can be found at nfta.com/metro, in addition to a Metro Trip Planner that helps customers plan their trips using the Metro system.

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Walmart Bus Shelter

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Pictured: NFTA Acting Chairman Henry M. Sloma; Walmart Assistant Manager Kathy Denny; NFTA Executive Director Lawrence M. Meckler; Local NAACP representative Michael Majors; Director of Surface Transportation Walter D. Zmuda; NFTA Commissioner Eunice A. Lewin.

May 14, 2010
NFTA Honors Employees at 25th Annual Awards Luncheon

Buffalo, NY… The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will host a luncheon at the Protocol Restaurant in Williamsville, Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m., to recognize the outstanding safety records of Metro vehicle maintenance workers and Bus and Rail operators. In additional, the Authority will salute employees who reached 25-years with the NFTA.

This year seven operators will be recognized for more than 30-years of safe driving. Fourteen Metro Bus and Rail operators and five maintenance employees will be congratulated for either a 10, 20 or 30-year safety record. In addition, 57 NFTA employees will celebrate a silver anniversary.

Acting NFTA Chairman, Henry M. Sloma said, “These men and women have dedicated a quarter-century to helping the people of Western New York get to work, school, church, a doctor’s appointment or visit loved-ones. It is an honorable achievement in an honorable profession.”

Lawrence M. Meckler, executive director of the NFTA said, “There is no way to understate the importance of safety in this business, so it is a pleasure to thank the men and women who have been able to maintain such incredible safety records.”

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Note . . .. Awards presentation is scheduled to begin at approximately 2 p.m., but interview opportunities will be available at any time after 1 p.m.

May 11, 2010
Metro Trolley Service Will be Offered to Hotel and Motel Guests

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro will once again provide complementary trolley service for guests staying at participating Niagara Falls motels and hotels beginning Friday, May 14. The 55T trolley bus will travel between the Niagara Falls Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, serving Niagara Falls Boulevard and Pine Avenue.

Service will operate weekends only May 14 - May 31 and October 1-11, including Memorial Day and Columbus Day, and expand to seven days a week from June 1 - Sept. 30. Service will operate 9 a.m. until midnight.

Lawrence M. Meckler, NFTA executive director said, “This is a great opportunity for the men and women at Metro to show off the quality, economical transportation we provide here every day, to visitors from around the world.”

Patrons will receive their trolley Day Passes upon request at participating motels and hotels. The 2010 trolley passes will be sequentially numbered in the upper right hand corner. The pass, supported by the local bed tax, allows pass holders free access to the trolley service, and the entire Metro Bus and Rail system in Niagara and Erie counties, on the date the pass is validated by the Metro operator.

Individuals without a trolley Day Pass may ride the service by paying Metro's regular adult fare of $1.75, 75-cents for children (five to 11 years), seniors (65 years and over), disabled and Medicare clients with valid I.D. All other valid Metro passes are accepted as well. Exact change is required on trolleys and buses.

The trolley service operates on the hour, starting at 9 a.m., with the last trolleys leaving the Niagara Falls Airport and The Aquarium of Niagara at midnight. Special Route 55T trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a trolley.

In downtown Niagara Falls, the 55T trolley stops are located at The Aquarium of Niagara, Rainbow Blvd. and Michael O'Laughlin Drive, Rainbow Blvd. and Main Street and near the Seneca Niagara Casino at Third Street and Old Falls Street.

In addition, stops are located at the City Market on Pine Avenue and 17th Street, the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, The Summit, several motels along Niagara Falls Boulevard and the Como Restaurant in Little Italy on Pine Avenue and 22nd Street.

All Metro route maps and schedules can be found online at nfta.com/metro, including trolley maps and schedules.

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April 27, 2010
NFTA-Boat Harbor Set to Open May 1

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that it is ready to open its 1,005-slip marina to slip holders and the public two weeks ahead of the anticipated opening date.

The NFTA-Boat Harbor at 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd., less then three miles from Downtown Buffalo will open the 2010 season Saturday, May 1 to accommodate slip holders and boaters who want to get an early start at docking or launching their boats at the marina. This is the first time that the facilities have ever been able to open prior to the traditional May 15 opening.

Peter G. Demakos, NFTA commissioner and chairman of the NFTA’s Property Committee said, “As a result of Mother Nature providing us with a stretch of nice weather and the dedication and hard work of our employees, we are able to give our customers a head start on the boating season this year.”

During the off-season, refurbishing work was completed on A, B, C, D, part of G, and H docks, completing a $726,381 two-year project to upgrade all 339 steel docks. Further, the main pier has been rebuilt. During the winter an additional $130,000 was invested to reinforce the structure with new pilings and it has been given a face-lift by way of new decking. Parking in the marina’s main lot was increased to 200 with the addition of 40 new spaces.

Two mainstays at the marina, Dug’s Dive and Bill’s Boat Works will also be opening May 1, and will be ready to serve customers fine food and beverage and provide boating services respectively.

An added customer service this season will be provided to boaters who want to file a float plan. Boat captains leaving the marina for one or more days/nights (not necessary for short trips) may file a float plan with the dock master before casting off. This form is available online at www.nftaboatharbor.com or the dock office. Having this information on hand may prove valuable in the event an emergency occurs.

Though rentals for the 2010 season are well a head of last year, there are still slips available to rent for this boating season. Slip rental information can be obtained at 828-0027 and online at nftaboatharbor.com.

April 23, 2010
The Buffalo Airport Welcomes Professionals from Around the World for the 44th Annual International Snow Symposium

Buffalo, NY . . . The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is hosting the 44 Annual Snow Symposium April 24-28 at the downtown Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Organizers expect almost 350 airport professionals, responsible for runway operations from around the world.

Lawrence M. Meckler, NFTA executive director, will open the conference, highlighting the economic and safety concerns that make snow, slush and ice mitigation so significant, and the importance of successful strategies.

Meckler said, “A snowstorm can cost a major airport more than a quarter of a million dollars in removal alone. The cost of delays compounds that number. None of which compares to the potential safety risks ice and snow can create. The chance for the snow removal teams from around the world to exchange ideas and best practices is invaluable.”

This year’s featured speaker is Captain Al Haynes. Haynes was born in Paris, Texas and raised in Dallas. He attended Texas A&M College before joining the Naval Aviation Cadet Training program in 1952. He was released from the service in 1956 after serving as a Marine Aviator. He joined United Airlines that year as a flight engineer and served in that capacity until his promotion to first officer in 1963. He flew the DC-6, DC-7, DC-8, Boeing 727, and DC-10. He was promoted to captain in 1985 and flew the Boeing 727 and DC-10 up to his retirement in August 1991, accumulating over 27,000 hours of flight time.

This is the 25 consecutive year the symposium is being hosted by the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Event chairman, Thomas Dames said, “The site selection committee continues to be impressed with Buffalo. The Convention and Visitors Bureau, the area hotels and the NFTA all work together to create an inviting atmosphere for the guests.”

The feature event of the symposium is the Balchen/Post Awards, which are given to airport snow-control teams that have demonstrated determination and excellence in keeping their respective airport runways open and safe during winter storms.

The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives organizes the event. Chairman Dames can be reached at 512-0564 during the event. Additional information can be found at www.snowsymposium.org/cfiles/home.php.

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April 14, 2010
Metro Bus to Serve Niagara Falls Walmart

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that starting Friday, April 16, Metro will begin serving the Walmart Supercenter in the LaSalle Center located at 1540 Military Rd. in Niagara Falls.

Metro’s Route 55, Pine Avenue bus will be rerouted to directly operate to the Walmart store parking lot via the main plaza entrance driveway and exit the parking lot to Niagara Falls Blvd., via 80th Street.

Presently the 55 bus has 68 weekday, 25 Saturday and 19 Sunday trips to the Walmart site to accommodate employees and customers.

Metro schedules and route maps can be found at nfta.com/metro, in addition to a Metro Trip Planner that helps customers plan their trips using the Metro system.

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March 11, 2010
Metro Schedules Public Meetings Regarding Service and Fare Study

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that four public informational meetings have been scheduled in conjunction with Metroуs Service Restructuring and Fare Analysis/Strategic Assessment Study.

The public is invited to attend the meetings to learn the details contained in a draft report prepared by consultants from Transportation Management & Design, Inc. The firm was commissioned to conduct a comprehensive strategic assessment of how Metro delivers its service and recommend ways to better meet the mobility needs of the region, thus making it easier to access jobs, schools, entertainment, medical and social services using Metro.

Lawrence M. Meckler, NFTA executive director said, рThis service and fare analysis is one of the most significant projects Metro has undertaken. These informational meetings will provide our riders with an opportunity to learn and offer comments regarding the proposed service modifications and simplified fare structure.

Public informational meetings will be conducted from 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 15 at the Cheektowaga High School, 3600 Union Rd; Tuesday, March 16 at Erie Community College, City Campus Auditorium at Ellicott and South Division Streets and Wednesday, March 17 at Metroуs Portage Rd. Transit Center, 1124 Portage Rd., Niagara Falls. In addition, a meeting will be held at Erie Community College, South Campus Thursday, March 18 in Building 5, Room 5102 from 7-9 p.m.

The draft plan can be viewed online on the NFTAуs Web site at nfta.com/metro. In addition to comments offered at the meetings, written comments may be sent to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Robert Gower, Manager of Planning, 181 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203 or e-mailed to transitstudy@nfta.com. Comments must be received by April 2 to be included in the final analysis.

Additional public meetings will be conducted this summer to rollout the final Metro service and fare structure program to riders and community stakeholders prior to its implementation in September.

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March 12, 2010
Vending Carts to be On-Site at Metro Rail Stations

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that starting Monday, March 15 food items will be available for sale at various Metro Rail stations. Johnnyуs Hot Diggity Dogs of Buffalo will operate vending carts at University, LaSalle, Utica and Allen-Medical Campus Metro Rail stations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. They will also be on-site during downtown events such as Sabres and Bisons games, in addition to other special community events. Eunice A. Lewin, NFTA commissioner said, рOur desire is to elevate the overall experience our customers encounter when using Metro. Having customer amenities like food and beverage on site will improve the overall atmosphere at the stations and make them more user friendly.с Customers will be able to purchase hot dogs, Polish and Italian sausage, hamburgers, bags of snacks and cold beverages while at the station. Metroуs policy of no eating or drinking when using the bus or rail system remains in effect.

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February 10, 2010
Metro Rail Celebrates Valentine’s Day at LaSalle Station

Buffalo, NY . . . Friday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Metro Rail will host a Valentine’s Day Celebration at the LaSalle Metro Rail Station, on Main St. one block north east of Hertel Avenue. A popular Park & Ride, parking is always free at LaSalle station. Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Commissioner Eunice A. Lewin said, “Metro wants to make this a new tradition in the neighborhood and keep the LaSalle Station active in the University District.” This Celebration at the Station will feature flowers, candy, jams, jellies, crafts and more, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Music will be courtesy of WUFO - 1080 AM, broadcasting live.

With free parking for over 700 cars, LaSalle is a convenient place to catch Metro Rail when heading downtown for a sporting event at HSBC Arena, an evening at the theatre or for dinner.

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February 1, 2010
Airport Hospitality Ambassadors to be Honored for Volunteerism

Volunteers to be Recognized with President’s Points of Light Award

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the hospitality ambassadors at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will celebrate their 10th anniversary Wednesday, Feb. 3 during a 1 p.m. luncheon at the Hearthstone Manor in Cheektowaga, NY.

Approximately 70 volunteers ranging in age from 16 to 80, act as regional “goodwill ambassadors” by providing friendly assistance and helpful information to passengers and guests of the BNIA. The ambassadors, clad in their distinctive blue blazers, assist with directions to local and regional attractions, lodging details, information regarding public transit and in general, act as “liaisons” of goodwill for the region.

Lawrence M. Meckler, NFTA executive director said, “Our ambassadors are one of the reasons why our airport is deemed to be so user friendly. While the design of the airport has won awards, in the final analysis, it is our people who create the positive difference in the operation. The ambassadors have become essential in our efforts to be one of the best airports in the country.”

While many airports have volunteer programs, the Buffalo airport ranks in the top 10 for number of hours volunteered. This past year 7,150 hours of volunteered service were provided, which has an economic value of approximately $105,000. As such, each volunteer who qualifies will be awarded a President’s Volunteer Award from the Points of Light Institute as part of the national program recognizing and celebrating the importance of volunteer service.

In commemoration of the 10-year anniversary, former ambassadors have been invited to attend the luncheon. Of the "original” six who began in 1999, four still participate in the program.

Edward J. Healy, V.P., Marketing for the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau will be giving an overview of CVB operations and speaking about upcoming events. “The ambassadors play a key role in welcoming individuals and groups to the region and help create a dynamic first impression for visitors to the region,” Healy said.

The ambassadors are committed to ensuring that a visitor’s first impression of our community is positive. “You only get one chance to create a good first impression, so we’d better get it right on the first try,” Meckler added.

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December 29, 2009
Metro Rail to Extend Service for Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will extend service an additional two hours Thursday, Dec. 31, to accommodate passengers attending the Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop at Roosevelt Square and the downtown First Night Buffalo celebration.

Train service will run continuously, making stops at all stations during the extended service period. Trains will be on 20 minute intervals, with special trains intermingled as needed. It may be necessary to suspend service for a time due to the anticipated large crowd that gathers near the track bed in front of Roosevelt Square.

The last train is scheduled to leave Erie Canal Harbor Station heading outbound to University Station at 2 a.m. Friday, New Year's Day following the events.

All Metro bus and rail schedules are available at www.nfta.com/metro, in addition to a trip planner that assists customers in determining which Metro routes to use to reach a specific destination.

December 18, 2009
Cleared for Takeoff at the Niagara Falls International Airport

Wheels Up for Direct Air from the New Terminal

Buffalo, NY . . . Good News for those traveling in and out of Niagara Falls, NY. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the inaugural flight from its new $31.5 million terminal at the Niagara Falls International Airport will take place today, Friday, Dec. 18.

History will be made today when Direct Air's MD-83 aircraft operated by Falcon Air departs the new terminal at 6:15 pm destined for Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers, Fla. with all 155 seats occupied. The first flight to Myrtle Beach, SC departs shortly thereafter at 6:30 p.m. on a USA Jet DC-9.

Henry M. Sloma, NFTA acting chairman said, "This is truly a memorable day for the Niagara community, the airport, and Direct Air. Today's initial flight signifies the beginning of a bright future for the terminal and provides a gateway landmark in which we can all take great pride."

"We are confident the new facility will enhance the exceptional service we provide to the thousands of passengers from the U.S. and Canada to Myrtle Beach, Ft Myers / Punta Gorda, and soon to be ... Melbourne, Fla.," said Direct Air Managing Partner Ed Warneck. "We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the Niagara community as well as increasing frequency and additional destinations to and from the Niagara Falls International Airport."

"The new facility conveniences and state of the art processing will greatly appeal to our passengers," said Judy Tull, Direct Air Managing Partner. "We are extremely pleased to have played a vital role and influence in the development and launch of the new Niagara Falls International Airport."

The airport's two-gate facility provides for efficient, customer oriented passenger processing, curbside check-in, a two level layout for jet bridge boarding, free Wi-Fi, food and beverage concessions, convenient free on-site parking, a federal inspection station, in-line baggage screening, eight stationary ticket counter stations, ATM, tourist information counter, car rental and a Metro transit center, for convenient access to public transportation.

The NFIA is now capable of simultaneously processing international and domestic flights and fully accommodating 747 and 757 aircraft. The innovative, and scalable, split-level holdrooms provide all passengers with an outstanding level of customer service regardless of aircraft size.

To help celebrate this special occasion, 23 dignitaries and media staff from Myrtle Beach traveled on the last flight to the old terminal in Niagara Falls. A special luncheon hosted by NFIA welcomed the invited guests.

"Direct Air is taking advantage of this opportunity to introduce the communities to each other and follow up with strategic marketing summits designed to share ideas and opportunities to help grow their markets," Warneck said. "The same group from Myrtle Beach will take a quick jaunt to see the magnificent Falls, before boarding the first flight to Myrtle Beach."

Direct Air commenced service at the NFIA in March 2007 with nonstop service to Myrtle Beach. During the past two and a half years, featuring low fare nonstop service to Myrtle Beach and Florida, the airline has attracted over 90,000 passengers to the Niagara Falls terminal, a large percentage coming from Canada, who are attracted by low fares, an easy access airport and savings with international fees for Canadian travelers.

Direct Air presently operates flights Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday to Punta Gorda/Ft. Myers and increases to daily service except Tuesdays beginning February 2010.

Managing Partner, Judy Tull said, "Our marketing budget has limited our growth to Myrtle Beach, however, our goal for 2010 is encouraging the communities to help find marketing funds to allow us to increase to daily frequency. We know the audience is there, we simply need to reach them through targeted advertising." Complete information regarding Myrtle Beach flights can be found at www.visitdirectair.com.

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, Direct Air will add a new route and begin twice weekly flights from the NFIA to Melbourne International Airport and then continue on to Port Charlotte Airport in Punta Gorda/Ft Myers. These flights will operate on Falcon Air MD-83, 155 passenger aircraft configured with 12 first class and 143 coach seating.

Staring Sunday, Dec. 27, Metro buses will begin serving the terminal's transit center with daily bus service via Routes 55 and 56, in addition to Monday through Friday coverage via MetroLink Route 200. Metro bus routes, maps and additional information can be found at www.nfta.com/metro.

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December 16, 2009
Metro Rail's Holiday Celebration at LaSalle Station

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Friday, Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Metro Rail will host its first Holiday Celebration at the LaSalle Metro Rail Station, on Main St. one block north east of Hertel Avenue. A popular Park & Ride, parking is always free at LaSalle station.

NFTA Commissioner Eunice A. Lewin said, "The holidays are a great time to invite people in. LaSalle Station is a part of this community, but we're working to make it a bigger and better part."

The Celebration at the Station will feature a holiday market for that perfect last minute gift or maybe a treat for yourself. Visit with Santa and his elves, noon to 2:30 p.m., and enjoy the sounds of the season during the WUFO - 1080 AM, live broadcast.

With free parking for over 700 cars, LaSalle is a convenient place to catch Metro Rail when heading downtown for a sporting event at HSBC Arena, an evening at the theatre or for dinner.

Visit Metro's Web site at nfta.com for additional information.

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December 11, 2009
Metro Rail Announces Temporary Change in Service

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that it will be necessary to suspend Metro Rail service between Fountain Plaza Station and Church Street Station for a portion of the day Wednesday and Thursday Dec. 16 and 17, with Friday being a possible alternate date.

As a result of scenes for the movie Henry's Crime, starring Keanu Reeves being filmed in Metro Rail's track bed at Main and Huron Sts., service will be suspended between the two stations each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shuttle service will be provided to take passengers to the next station both inbound and outbound each day.

Trains will operate in both directions between Erie Canal Harbor Station and Church Street Station and from University Station to Fountain Plaza Station. As a result of the logistics involved, it is necessary to adjust the time between trains from 12 minutes to approximately 20 minutes during the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. period.

Regular rail service will be provided before and after the suspension period each day.

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November 30, 2009
NFTA-Metro Hosts Annual Holiday Performers

Buffalo, NY. . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the sounds of the season returns to the bus station downtown Buffalo (181 Ellicott St.) during December, compliments of musical ensembles from five local schools.

Lawrence M. Meckler, NFTA executive director said, "The bus terminal bustles this time of year, so we are happy to help bring a little cheer and good will to the holiday travelers."

The following schools will be participating on the date and time indicated:
December 2 1 p.m. Burgard High School
December 9 1 p.m. Holy Angels Academy
December 16 12 p.m. Ambrose Catholic Academy
December 16 2 p.m. Hutchinson Technical High School
December 17 10 a.m. Herman Badillo School #76

Each performance will feature between 15 and 45 students who will entertain for 30 to 60 minutes. All are welcome to attend.

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November 18, 2009
Metro's First Ever Fall Fest at LaSalle Station

Buffalo, NY . . . Friday, Nov. 20, from 1 to 6 p.m. Metro Rail will host its first ever Fall Festival at the LaSalle Metro Rail Station, on Main St. one block north of Hertel Avenue. A popular Park & Ride, parking is always free at LaSalle station.


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