Surface Transportation Committee

Established October 1998*

TODO: Redesign Nav items

The Surface Transportation Committee is a committee of the Board of Commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority established pursuant to its bylaws. The membership, operations, authority, purpose and responsibilities of specific duties of the committee are described below:

Membership and Operations


The membership of the Surface Transportation Committee shall consist of at least four members of the Board of Commissioners. The Chairman of the Board of Commissioners shall designate Surface Transportation Committee members and will appoint a chair and a vice chair.


Committee members shall serve until the successors shall be duly designated and qualified. Any vacancy in the committee occurring for any cause may be filled by any qualified member of the Board by designation of the Chairman of the Board.




The committee shall be granted unrestricted access to all information regarding Surface Transportation functions. All employees have been, and shall be, directed to cooperate as requested by members of the committee.


The committee may delegate authority to subcommittees when appropriate.


Purpose and Responsibilities


The purpose and responsibilities of the surface transportation committee shall include:


  • reviewing the status of ground-based transportation services to enhance the quality of life of residents and visitors by providing the highest level of safe, clean, affordable, responsive and reliable transportation through a coordinated and convenient bus and rail system;


  • discussing strategic issues related to metro operations;


  • evaluating the financial results of metro operations with particular emphasis on comparisons between the established budget vs. actual operating results;


  • reviewing performance benchmarks such as farebox recovery and cost per vehicle hour measures by comparing the results with that of the NFTA’s peer group;


  • reviewing performance measures by comparing actual results to established performance goals and objectives;

  • reviewing the development of marketing goals and implementing strategies to increase customer utilization of services;


  • reviewing the NFTA transit police report;


  • reviewing and approving the operating and capital budgets on an annual basis;


  • annually approve Public Authorities Law required performance goals;


  • reviewing board action requests related to surface transportation before submittal to the full board for approval. In the discretion of the committee chair, reviewing board action requests may be deferred to the full board; and


  • reviewing and updating the committee's charter