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WHAT:    The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls Hotel Association, will celebrate the launch of the NFTA Metro’s 2018 Trolley Service with a ribbon cutting ceremony.   The event will include opportunities for attendees to board and take an inaugural ride on one of Metro’s clean-air trolley vehicles within the beautiful city of Niagara Falls. 

Metro’s trolleys will serve guests staying at participating hotels and motels along Niagara Falls Blvd., Pine Avenue, the Niagara Falls International Airport and within downtown Niagara Falls from May 18 through October 28, 9 a.m. to midnight.

WHO:   Representatives from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, City of Niagara Falls, and the Niagara Falls Hotel Association.  

WHEN:      Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10 a.m.

WHERE:   Intersection of Buffalo Avenue and Old Main Street, downtown Niagara Falls, N.Y.
A reception catered by Antonio’s Restaurant will be held immediately following the ceremony at the Official Niagara Falls Visitor Center at 10 Rainbow Blvd.

 

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA'S ACCESSIBILITY OBSERVATORY LISTS BUFFALO 22 IN THE COUNTRY

Buffalo, NY... Research from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota recently ranked the top metropolitan areas in the county for connecting workers with jobs by transit. The annual rankings are determined by a weighted average of accessibility, giving a higher weight to closer, easier-to-access jobs..

"This project provides the most detailed evaluation to date of access to jobs by transit," says Andrew Owen, director of the Observatory. "We directly compare the transit accessibility performance of America's largest metropolitan areas. Buffalo's rank rose from 29th to 22nd, which indicates a commitment to improving job accessibility."

Jobs reachable within 10 minutes are weighted most heavily; jobs were given decreasing weight as travel time increases up to 60 minutes. Travel times were calculated using detailed pedestrian networks and full transit schedules for the 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. period. The calculations include all components of a transit journey, including 'last mile' access and egress walking segments and transfers, and account for minute-by-minute variations in service frequency.

"The results of this independent study are a testament to the hard-working employees here at NFTA/Metro who work diligently to get Western New Yorkers to their jobs every day. " Said Kim Minkel, NFTA Executive Director.

Buffalo ranked higher than larger cities like Atlanta, Detroit, and Cleveland. The top city was New York, followed by San Francisco, and Chicago.

"We are proud of our efforts to improve and link our riders to where they need to go, " said Tom George, NFTA/Metro's Director of Public Transit. "I am thrilled to see our ranking of 22nd, for a city of our size, demonstrate these vast improvements within our system. "

The Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota is the nation's leading resource for the research and application of accessibility-based transportation system evaluation. The Observatory is a program of the Center for Transportation Studies and the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering. CTS is nationally renowned for developing, fostering, and spreading innovation in transportation.

ABOUT THE NFTA

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and paratransit system, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport. In 2016, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport second highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.

Help stuff a Metro bus to help those in need October 3-6, 2017

BUFFALO, NY... The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is stepping up to assist those affected by Hurricane Maria with a special Stuff the Bus campaign to help collect essential items. This is part of the state wide, “Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico†effort organized by Governor Andrew Cuomo. NFTA Metro’s hurricane relief collection bus will be located in the parking lot near Tops Market at 425 Niagara Street in Buffalo from October 3-6 during the hours of 5-7:30 p.m. We will be collecting the following items: batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, bottled water, and hygiene products.

In addition, the NFTA will also be hosting an internal drive among its employees.

All donations will be provided to Western New York’s designated depot, the Connecticut Street Armory, during the week of October 9.

If you are interested in more information or a list of charitable organizations for financial contributions, please go to ny.gov/PuertoRico.

ABOUT THE NFTA

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and paratransit system, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport. In 2016, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport second highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.

BUFFALO, N.Y., -The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is going pink during the month of October to show support for breast cancer awareness month.

The NFTA is doing its part to help bring attention to this important cause in various ways, all starting on Sunday, October 1st.

The Fountain Plaza Metro Rail stations, (Main Street between Huron and Chippewa) will be lit with pink LED lighting.

The water in the two fountains outside the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (Genesee Street) will be turned pink using an LED light system.

Transit Police Officers will exchange their regular badges and don pink versions.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The NFTA wants to help awareness and the importance of taking the necessary steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

ABOUT THE NFTA

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and paratransit system, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport. In 2016, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport second highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.

BUFFALO, NY...

St. Mary's School for the Deaf had a summer fundraising project entitled "Kids for K-9". The entire SMSD community, but most importantly our students, brought in all their loose change. The students then helped separate, count and roll the money. It was not only a wonderful learning experience for the students, but also an opportunity for them to experience the great satisfaction in "giving back" to a very worthy cause. SMSD far exceeded their original goal and raised over $2,400 this summer. Next Monday, September 25, SMSD students are excited to present the NFTA Officers their special dogs this donation to purchase two protective dog vests and K-9 medical equipment. All are welcome to attend this brief event.
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Monday, September 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. St. Mary's School for the Deaf Young Assembly Hall 2253 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214

NFTA IS LOOKING TO HIRE

BUFFALO, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority/Metro is hosting an open house on Saturday, September 23. The event begins at 9am at the Cold Spring Garage at 1581 Michigan Avenue in the city of Buffalo.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer new wages of up to $26.58 an hour, coupled with our already extensive benefits package, make it a great time to work for the NFTA," said Director of Human Resources Karen Novo.

The Open House provides job seekers with a great opportunity. "We look forward to opening our doors and allowing candidates to get a real feel of what it's like working for the NFTA/Metro." Dave Rugg, Manager of Bus Maintenance.

Employment opportunities range from mechanics to electronic specialists working at one of our three bus garages, or in one of our specialty shops. Those who are interested will be given a tour of the facility, as well as the opportunity to take the NFTA's Skills Test. This test determines a person's mechanical aptitude and expertise. Candidates are encouraged to complete an application that is available at jobs.nfta.com.

New State of the art facility will increase safety at the growing airport

BUFFALO, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced the official opening of its new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. NFTA officials will be joined by Congressman Brian Higgins and New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to mark the occasion with the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

"Today marks another milestone in the emergence of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport as a major aviation hub and driver of economic growth in Western New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who took part in this morning's ribbon cutting. "This outstanding new facility aids first responders in their task of protecting passengers and the public, and it positions the airport for future expansion and success."

Congressman Brian Higgins said, "The airport is an active facility that serves a growing passenger base from Western New York, Southern Ontario and all who visit the region. This new aircraft rescue and firefighting facility provides first responders with state-of-the-art resources and training capabilities to best serve the needs of the airport today."

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, "This is an exciting day for us, the opening of the new ARFF facility will improve safety for the flying public and support the ongoing growth and expansion at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. I want to extend my sincere thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Congressman Brian Higgins as well as our local elected officials and business and community partners for their continued and valuable support."

The new 24,000 square foot facility will better prepare the airport’s 40 fire fighters/emergency response personnel to deal with fire protection/prevention, hazardous material response and control, airport communications, employee safety training, and all emergency medical responses. The facility includes a new training area for emergency responders, additional vehicle storage bays to enhance maintenance and care of trucks, and is located closer to the terminal and runways to improve emergency response times, reduce ARFF vehicle runway crossings. The cost of the new facility is approximately 12 million dollars with most of the funding coming from a passenger facility charge, the NFTA, FAA entitlement funds, and a New York State FAA matching fund.

The new facility will provide added passenger safety and will replace a 45-year-old facility. In the past two years, the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team responded to 1,082 emergency calls, 65 of those were aircraft emergences.

Where public transit goes, the community grows

BUFFALO, NY...

The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) is encouraging community members to attend a workshop to refine station area plans for the transit-oriented development along the existing Metro Rail line in the City of Buffalo as well as the proposed Metro rail extension to the northtowns.

The workshop, which is the second of three, will be held on June 28, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Hayes Hall, Room 403, on the University at Buffalo South Campus and will address policies and procedures for improved community connections for existing and proposed Metro Rail stations.

Transit-oriented development is expected to generate $1.7 billion along the Metro rail corridor.

To get to Hayes Hall, take Metro Bus or Rail to University Station or park in one of the campus lots and enter through the front entrance and continue upstairs to the 4th floor.

ABOUT THE NFTA

The NFTA is a regional multi-modal transportation authority responsible for airport and surface transportation in Erie and Niagara counties. NFTA/NFTM businesses include a bus, rail and paratransit system, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport. In 2016, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport second highest in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America.


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