News Room

A Truly “Electrifying” Way to Mark Earth Day

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                       April 21, 2022

 

Unveiling of NFTA-Metro’s First Battery Operated

Bus and Charging Station

 

A Truly “Electrifying” Way to Mark Earth Day  

 

What:       The NFTA is excited to present the first Battery Electric Bus (BEB) and

                  state-of-the-art charging station on Earth Day. This project will have a positive

                  impact on the environment and provide more equitable and sustainable transit

                  service in our region.

 

Who:         Join leaders from the NFTA, civic, business and government leaders.

                           

Where:    Cold Spring Bus Facility, 1581 Michigan Avenue, (When you turn on Main Street our facility

                is on the left, turn in the parking lot and we will have media parking available-the unveiling

                will take place inside).

 

When:       Friday, April 22, 2022,  11:30 a.m.

 

NFTA Mask Mandate Reinstated

 

April 20, 2022

 

“First and foremost, we want to apologize for what is sure to be confusing to our travelers

and riders, but due to the Governor’s announcement updating COVID regulations from

the New York State Department of Health, masks will still be required in all public

transportation entities within the State of New York until further notice. This includes the

Buffalo Niagara International and Niagara Falls International Airports, Metro Bus and

Rail and all Paratransit services. We will provide any updates or changes to this

policy accordingly.”

NFTA Statement on Mask Mandate

April 19, 2022

 

In accordance with the TSA’s recent decision that it will no longer enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs, the NFTA will lift its mask requirements at the Buffalo Niagara International and Niagara Falls International Airports, and on NFTA-Metro Bus and Rail. The NFTA will continue to follow the CDC recommendation that encourages people to wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time and that everyone should be respectful of those who choose to wear a face covering for their personal safety.

 

 

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY     

April 28, 2022, Annual Meeting     

 

 

The annual meeting of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners has been scheduled for Thursday, April 28, 2022, in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, N.Y. Commissioners of the NFTA may choose to meet in person or participate remotely. The NFTA Chair (or Acting Chair), Executive Director, and essential staff of the NFTA will be present in person. The meetings below are not open to the public but can be viewed and listened to by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

 

Thursday, April 28th                        Audit and Governance Committee

                                                            10:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Aviation Committee

                                                            10:30 a.m.

                                               

                                                            Surface Transportation Committee

                                                            11:00 a.m.

                                               

                                                            Annual Meeting

                                                            12:30 p.m.

 

 

For Immediate Release                                        March 11, 2022

Meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners has been scheduled for Thursday, March 24, 2022, in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, N.Y. Commissioners of the NFTA may choose to meet in person or participate remotely. The NFTA Chair (or Acting Chair), Executive Director, and essential staff of the NFTA will be present in person. The meetings below are not open to the public but can be viewed and listened to by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

 

Thursday, March 24                             Audit and Governance Committee

                                                            10:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Aviation Committee

                                                            10:30 a.m.

                                               

                                                            Surface Transportation Committee

                                                            11:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Human Resources Committee

                                                            11:30 a.m.

                                               

                                                            Board Meeting

                                                            12:30 p.m.

 

 

Brian Patterson Comes to the Position with More Than Three Decades in Law Enforcement

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       March 10, 2022

 

NFTA Announces New Police Chief

 

Brian Patterson Comes to the Position with More Than Three Decades in Law Enforcement

 

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced its new Police Chief, Brian Patterson who takes over for Chief George Gast who was with the NFTA for 13 years and retired last week.

Mr. Patterson has a distinguished career in law enforcement, including his previous role as Police Chief, supervising downtown Buffalo and its business district.

“We are excited that the new chief will add his expertise, professionalism, and ability to lead the Transit Police department keeping the NFTA and the community we serve safe and secure” said NFTA Executive Director Kim Minkel.

“I’m thrilled to serve as police chief and continue to work alongside the dedicated police officers,” Patterson said. “We will continue to commit ourselves to serving the Western New York community with excellence and  high priority on community engagement, transparency and accountability.”

Patterson, who will be the fifth NFTA Police Chief holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition, he was on staff at Medaille College in the Social Sciences Department, teaching Criminal Justice classes.

 

Local Artist Monet Kifner Wins Designs Contest Illustrating Black Excellence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       February 28, 2022

BUFFALO, N.Y.- NFTA-Metro and the WNY Urban Arts Collective are thrilled to announce that Monet Kifner has won the proposal for artwork that will now grace the exterior of NFTA-Metro buses in honor of Black History Month and beyond. The Buffalo Artist’s work is entitled, “Black Excellence: Told By the Graces” highlights the various accomplishments met and exceeded through the past and current adversity and hardships.

“I chose to focus on a plethora of what I see to be black excellence today, to explore this theme I wanted to use the Three Graces from Greek mythology. The Graces, represent Creativity, Good Will and Beauty” said Kifner. For creativity I chose to focus on music. Black contributions to music touch my life, I wanted to clearly show Duke Ellington and the godmother of rock and roll, Sister Rosetta Sharpe. To illustrate good will I depicted figures from our history (MLK, President Obama) that have made major contributions in not only the betterment of the black community but for our country and the advancement of equity for our communities. Finally, I wanted to represent black beauty via the black woman.”

The winning piece will be seen by thousands while gracing the streets of Western New York. Within this space, there is an opportunity to contribute positively to the daily experience of the many people who use NFTA-Metro services. By creating vibrant and inspiring artwork for our buses, our hope is to generate feelings of pride. Subsequently, the addition of these pieces of work will continue to expand the growth of NFTA-Metro’s public art experiences.

"We welcome this opportunity to collaborate with NFTA-Metro on this community project and congratulate our winner, Monet Kifner said Artist and WNY-Urban Arts Collective John Baker. Thank you to all the talented artists that submitted inspirational designs, your participation was gratefully appreciated."

 

MEDIA ADVISORY                          February 25, 2022

 

 

 

What:      NFTA-Metro and the WNY Urban Arts Collective are thrilled to announce the                                       winner of the artwork that will now grace the exterior of NFTA-Metro buses in honor of Black                         History Month.

 

Who:       Join leaders from the NFTA, WNY Urban Arts Collective and local civic leaders.

     

 

Where:    Cold Spring Bus Facility,  1581 Michigan Avenue, (When you turn on Main Street our facility is on                    the left, turn in the parking lot and we will have media parking available-the unveiling will take                      place inside).

 

When:       Monday, February 28, 2022, at 10:30 a.m.

 

***All event procedures will follow proper social distancing and all guests

are asked to wear face coverings.

 

 

For Immediate Release                                        February 2, 2022

 

MEDIA ADVISORY     

February 24, 2022, Board Meeting     

 

Meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for Thursday, February 24, 2022, in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, N.Y. There will be a Combined Committee Meeting at 10:00 a.m. and a Board Meeting at 12:30 p.m. Commissioners of the NFTA may choose to meet in person or participate remotely. The NFTA Chair (or Acting Chair), Executive Director, and essential staff of the NFTA will be present in person. The meetings are not open to the public but can be viewed and listened to by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

Modifications Will Help Stabilize Operations During Challenging Times

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       January 27, 2022

 

BUFFALO, N.Y., - NFTA-Metro is taking the necessary actions to help improve the reliability of service by making temporary reductions throughout the system. Every day operations have been dramatically hampered by the combination of operator shortage and the growing absenteeism rates related to COVID-19 illness and exposures. NFTA-Metro is planning on temporarily reducing service and making changes starting Sunday, February 13, 2022.  

“The ability to reliably serve our customers continues to be a challenge due to our ongoing driver shortage,” said Tom George, Director of Public Transit, NFTA. “Our riders need to have confidence that their ride will be available as scheduled, and these service modifications will allow us to maintain our commitment to the community.  We realize change can be difficult, but our focus remains providing the best service possible to our riders with the available resources.”

Businesses and transportation agencies across the country are similarly struggling. While NFTA-Metro navigates through a major demand for bus operators, the increase in workforce positive COVID-19 test results creates additional driver shortages. These service adjustments are designed to minimize any hardship on riders. NFTA-Metro suggests riders check the website, https://metro.nfta.com, for changes in schedules.

NFTA-Metro continues to rigorously recruit new operators, those interested in employment are encouraged to go to https://jobs.nfta.com/jobPosts.aspx on our website for more information.

Local Artists Will Have An Opportunity to Design Images That Will Grace Metro Buses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       January 13, 2022

 

NFTA-Metro Looking For Artists to Help Celebrate

Black Excellence

 

Local Artists Will Have An Opportunity to Design Images

That Will Grace Metro Buses

 

 

BUFFALO, N.Y.- NFTA-Metro and the WNY Urban Arts Collective are seeking local artists to submit proposals for artwork that will grace the exterior of NFTA-Metro buses in honor of Black History Month and beyond. The theme is “Black Excellence”, and artists are encouraged to be creative and inspiring. Images should be eye catching, engaging, colorful and reflective.

The winning piece will be seen by thousands while gracing the streets of WNY. Within this space, there is opportunity to contribute positively to the daily experience of the many people who use NFTA-Metro services. By creating vibrant and inspiring artwork for our buses, our hope is to generate feelings of pride. Subsequently, the addition of these pieces of work will continue to expand the growth of NFTA-Metro’s public art experiences.

Project Specifications

The contest is open to any Western New York artist to submit their proposal for consideration. Upon selection, artists will be paid a flat fee for their art contribution. Completed artwork should be sent to local artist, John Baker at Jonbak112@yahoo.com.

Submission Requirements

Artists are required to submit the following for consideration:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Phone
  4. Email
  5. Title of image
  6. Description of proposed artwork
  7. Bio
  8. Artwork JPEG format file attachment
  9. Save file as: firstname_lastname_JAI_Proposal.jpg(jpeg)

 

Timeline

The deadline for submissions is January 23rd, 2022, by midnight. Beginning January 24th, submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee from the NFTA and the WNY Urban Arts Collective. Artists will be notified of their submission status by January 27th, 2022.

 

 

About the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

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 2018, a J.D. Power study ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport number one in customer satisfaction for medium sized airports in North America. www.nfta.com

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release                                        January 4, 2022

MEDIA ADVISORY      January 27, 2022, Board Meeting     

 

Meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for Thursday, January 27, 2022, in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, N.Y. There will be a Combined Committee Meeting at 10:00 a.m. and a Board Meeting at 12:30 p.m. Commissioners of the NFTA may choose to meet in person or participate remotely. The NFTA Chair (or Acting Chair), Executive Director, and essential staff of the NFTA will be present in person. The meetings are not open to the public but can be viewed and listened to by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

NFTA Unveils Robert T. Coles Tribute Signage at Its Utica Station

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           December 29, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The NFTA was joined by government and civic leaders as well as members of the Coles Family to unveil the new tribute signage at the Utica Station on Main Street in honor of Robert T. Coles, the famed Buffalo Architect who passed away last year.

Coles was a true pioneer in architecture, a community activist, and a founding member of the National Organization for Minority Architects (NOMA). Coles designed numerous modernist landmark buildings in his native Buffalo including the Alumni Arena and Natatorium at the University at Buffalo, the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library on Jefferson Avenue, as well as the Utica Station on Main Street, where the special event took place.

“This is a day I have looked forward to since July 2020, when I reached out to the NFTA Board of Commissioners to request the Utica Street Transit Station be renamed in honor of its trailblazing designer, Buffalo Architect Robert Traynham Coles,” Mayor Byron W. Brown said. “Today’s renaming is a major step forward in using our City’s public spaces to honor the history and contributions of Black artists, thinkers, clergy, inventors, architects, government leaders, educators, and others who are critical to understanding the diverse heritage of Buffalo, New York State and our nation. It also leaves a lasting mark and serves as a continuing inspiration in the community Robert Coles lived in and loved so much. 

“Highlighting Mr. Coles’ lifelong advocacy for social justice and his extraordinary life and contributions to our community is important,” said Kim Minkel, NFTA Executive Director. “We are proud of our agency’s ability to use our public space to celebrate and recognize Mr. Coles’ work and legacy.”

A trailblazer in architecture and a vocal activist, Robert T. Coles was truly a changemaker. He was deeply committed to his community, and to making a difference where it mattered most," said Senator Tim Kennedy, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee. "While he may no longer be with us, his legacy undoubtedly lives on. We see his fingerprints everywhere we look in Buffalo, including at the Utica Station, where he will now fittingly be honored in perpetuity."

In July of 2020, Mayor Byron Brown reached out to the NFTA and UB’s School of Architecture and Planning to honor the late Robert Traynham Coles, an African American architect who had recently passed away. Their collective decision was to rename Utica Street Station, a building the architect designed in a joint venture with University of Minnesota classmate Randy Vocbeck (of VVKR) in 1984, in honor of its architect. This station is a major example of Coles’ modernist design style, which incorporates the use of concrete to develop the waffle grid construction system that structures the upper foyer and lower concourse levels and students at UB helped design the new exterior lettering.

“I am deeply honored to speak on behalf of Robert Coles,” said Sylvia Coles, who was married to Robert T. Coles for more than 6 decades. “Were he here today, he would most certainly express his appreciation for the recognition of his significant contributions to Buffalo's public architecture, including this station, by renaming the station for him.”  

Coles earned a master’s degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following a fellowship in Europe, Coles returned to his native Buffalo, working for multiple firms before opening  his own firm in 1963. Coles was a Professor of Architecture at both the University of Kansas and Carnegie Mellon University. Coles was the first African American Chancellor of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the first AIA Vice-President for Minority Affairs and was named to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 1981. Coles was 90 when he passed away on May 16, 2020.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY                     December 28, 2021

 

 

What:        NFTA Unveils Robert T. Coles Tribute Signage at Utica Station

 

Who:         NFTA leaders, local government officials and members of

                  the Coles family   

                 

Where:     NFTA Metro Rail Utica Station, 1375 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y.

 

When:      December 29, 2021, 11:00 a.m.   

 

 

***All event procedures will follow proper social distancing and all guests are asked to wear face coverings.

 

New Modernized Routes Match Public Demand

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             November 19, 2021

 

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - NFTA-Metro is excited to announce its new and improved bus routes in Niagara Falls. The updated network will provide intuitive, logical service that will serve the current needs of riders.

“The new network in Niagara Falls focuses on getting riders to and from key destinations for work and quality of life needs like the Niagara Falls Outlet, Downtown Niagara Falls, and the Pine Ave. and Niagara Falls Boulevard corridors,” said Tom George, Director of Public Transportation for the NFTA. “We continuously look for ways to match service with our ridership, with the goal of enhancing our riders’ experience.”

The new and improved network benefits include:

  • Faster service between Buffalo and Niagara Falls via the new 77 Downtown Buffalo to Downtown Niagara Falls all day express route.
  • Streamlined service to NCCC with increased frequency and the addition of weekend service.
  • New job center served: Vantage International Business Park.
  • Improved transfers between all routes due to completely redesigned schedules.

 

The new and improved service starts on Sunday, December 5. We encourage riders to go to our website to get more detailed information at https://metro.nfta.com/2021network.

 

For Immediate Release                                                  November 19, 2021

 

Meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for Thursday, December 9, 2021, in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, N.Y. There will be a Combined Committee Meeting at 10:00 a.m. and a Board Meeting at 12:30 p.m. Commissioners of the NFTA may choose to meet in person or participate remotely. The NFTA Chair (or Acting Chair), Executive Director, and essential staff of the NFTA will be present in person. The meetings are not open to the public but can be viewed and listened to by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.  This hearing will be held at the office of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.  Pursuant to legislation (S.50001/A.40001) signed by Governor Kathy Hochul relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the hearing will be held telephonically by video conference call.  Only the Chief Financial Officer and essential staff of the NFTA will be permitted to be present in-person for the hearing.  The public will have the ability to participate via video conference and telephone.

In order for the hearing to be conducted in an orderly manner and to assure maximum public participation, those who wish to speak should register with the Authority by November 29, 2021.  Please provide your name, address, email address, telephone number and name of organization (if applicable) to NFTA:

Email:  budget.2223@nfta.com

Phone:  (716) 855-7300 (ext. 7238)

Upon confirmation of registration, you will be provided with telephone and Microsoft Teams access code information for the hearing.

The purpose of this hearing is to receive public comment and testimony on the proposed Operating and Capital Budgets for NFT Metro System, Inc. for fiscal year ending 2023.

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

Copies of the NFT Metro System, Inc. budget will be available on November 22, 2021 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 November 22-December 1, 2021.

This document will also be available electronically on the NFTA website, here.

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

  1. Those who wish to speak must file their registrations with the offices of the Authority by November 29, 2021.
  2. Any individual may 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 telephonic presentation to five (5) minutes. Speakers will be allowed to use their time to the best advantage without interruption.  The presiding officer may ask a speaker for clarification at any time.  Relinquishing of time from one speaker to another will not be permitted.
  4. A prepared statement may be submitted in writing, prior to the hearing. Such written material must be legible on normal business size paper (8½” x 11”).

After all registered speakers have been heard, the presiding officer will allow additional telephonic statements by other persons (identification required) between 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Emergency preparedness drill to take place on Wednesday, November 3, near Metro Rail’s LaSalle Station

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                            November 1, 2021   

Metro Rail Safety Exercise

 

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will hold a rail safety drill on Wednesday, November 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Buffalo Fire Department. The exercise will include a mock rail incident in the tunnel near Metro Rail’s LaSalle Station. The event will include response from area fire stations, emergency medical services and NFTA Transit Police. To approximate a real emergency, Metro and the BFD will employ actors, mannequins, and theatrical smoke. LaSalle Station will be closed during the drill. Metro Rail will use only one track between University and Humboldt stations. For passengers who need to access the area around LaSalle Station, Metro’s 8-Main bus will continue to serve the area throughout the event. This safety exercise as part of our ongoing commitment to emergency readiness and response.

Sun Country to begin new nonstop service to upstate New York in time for excitement-filled spring getaways

Media Contact

Sun Country Airlines

651-900-8400

mediarelations@suncountry.com

 

Buffalo, N.Y. October 19,  2021 – Sun Country Airlines (NASDAQ: SNCY) today announced that it will begin service to Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) beginning June 9, 2022. Introductory fares are as low as $69* one-way.

Today’s announcement is part of a larger expansion by the airline, as it announced 11 new nonstop routes and welcomed seven new airports to its growing network. In addition, the airline extended its booking calendar so travelers can plan and book flights now through early September 2022.

The new flight will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays.

“With more folks eager to resume leisure travel, we’re excited to be able to offer them another option to get away this spring and summer to enjoy the shores of Lake Erie and access to the great Niagara Falls State Park by visiting Buffalo,” said Sun Country Airlines Chief Revenue Officer Grant Whitney. “We know there is pent-up demand for convenient, affordable travel, and we’re here to help folks enjoy the vacations they’ve been dreaming about.”

With today’s expansion, Sun Country Airlines will operate a total of more than 100 routes and 80 airports in the United States, Mexico, Central America, Canada and the Caribbean.

“We are pleased to welcome Sun Country Airlines to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport family,” said Kimberley Minkel, executive director at the NFTA. “It is exciting for us to offer more travel choices in the post-pandemic environment and continue to be a major a catalyst for economic growth in our region.”

Sun Country’s customer experience includes free in-flight entertainment, complimentary nonalcoholic beverage service, a new mobile-friendly website with more self-service tools, and new interiors on each aircraft. Sun Country provides safe, reliable, hassle-free flights at affordable prices with warm and friendly service. The airline’s mission is to connect guests to their favorite people and places, to create lifelong memories and transformative experiences.

This new route and all routes are on sale now at suncountry.com.

The new seasonal route:

To Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)

  • From Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
    • Service begins June 9, 2022
    • Operates twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays
    • One-way fares as low as $69*

 

  • Fares are valid for one-way travel and are inclusive of all government taxes and fees.
  • Must be purchased by 11:59 pm CT (Central Time) on November 2, 2021.
  • Additional baggage and other service fees may apply.
  • Seats are limited, and fare may not be available on all flights or dates within the travel range.
  • Valid for new bookings only.
  • Fares, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice.

Sun Country Airlines is a new breed of hybrid low-cost air carrier that dynamically deploys shared resources across our synergistic scheduled service, charter and cargo businesses. Based in Minnesota, we focus on serving leisure and visiting friends and relatives ("VFR") passengers and charter customers and providing cargo CMI services, with flights throughout the United States and to destinations in Mexico, Central America, Canada, and the Caribbean.

For photos, b-roll and additional company information, visit www.suncountryview.com/multimedia.

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October 28th, 2021, Board Meeting

For Immediate Release                                                  October 8, 2021

 

Meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for Thursday, October 28, 2021, in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, N.Y. There will be a Combined Committee Meeting at 10:00 a.m. and a Board Meeting at 12:30 p.m. Commissioners of the NFTA may choose to meet in person or participate remotely. The NFTA Chair (or Acting Chair), Executive Director, and essential staff of the NFTA will be present in person. The meetings are not open to the public but can be viewed and listened to by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

 

For Immediate Release                                                  October 5, 2021

 

MEDIA ADVISORY              

 

The following meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for October 28, 2021.  All meetings will be held in-person in the sixth-floor Board Room at the NFTA located at 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Thursday, October 28                      Combined Committee Meeting

                                                            10:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Board Meeting

                                                            12:30 p.m.

 

                 

Revised Schedule - Board Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                September 14, 2021

The following meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for September 23, 2021.  There will be a Combined Committee Meeting at 10:00 a.m. and a Board Meeting at 12:30 p.m., both of which will be held telephonically by conference call. Only the Executive Director, Chair (or Acting Chair), Commissioners of the NFTA, and essential staff of the NFTA will be permitted to be present in-person for the meeting in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, N.Y. The public will have the ability to view and listen to the meeting by accessing the NFTA’s website at www.nfta.com. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

NFTA-Metro is Reaching Out to the Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    September 13, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Metro Bus and Rail is looking for input regarding the extension of high-quality transit service in the Buffalo-Amherst-Tonawanda Corridor. Metro is holding two virtual public sessions to review the scope of the project and provide an opportunity for public comment, both on Wednesday, September 15. The first will run from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The second will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. An information packet, along with meeting registration information and instructions for participating in the meetings, is available at the project website, www.nftametrotransitexpansion.com. Interested participants can also call (716) 855-7382.

Topics for the scoping sessions will include the transit expansion’s purpose and need, the identification of alternatives, the environmental benefits and impacts to be evaluated, and any other project-related issues or analysis.

The public scoping period continues through 4:00 p.m. October 14, 2021. Written comments can be e-mailed to transitexpansion@nfta.com, provided via the online comment form at www.nftametrotransitexpansion.com or mailed to:

Metro Transit Expansion Project
c/o Service Planning
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
181 Ellicott Street

Buffalo, NY 14203

MEDIA ADVISORY              

The following meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for September 2021.  All meetings will be held at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in the BNIA Boardroom, Room #2E76 (Pre-Security)

 

 

Thursday, September 23                  Audit, Governance and Finance Committee Meeting

                                                            10:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Property Committee Meeting

                                                            10:30 a.m.

                                               

                                                            Surface Transportation Committee Meeting

                                                            11:00 a.m.

 

                                                            Aviation Committee Meeting

                                                            11:30 a.m.

                                               

                                                            Board Meeting

                                                            12:30 p.m.

Feedback From the Public Will Shape Transit Improvements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      August 20, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y.- NFTA-Metro is embarking on a comprehensive service improvement plan that when complete, will result in a modern, robust and sustainable transit system, designed to reflect the need and priorities of the Western New York community in the near future.

NFTA has already conducted several months of community engagement in order to understand rider and community needs and priorities. This effort began with a survey in May and June where over 600 people weighed in to tell us about their needs and priorities. In July, NFTA shared a variety of routes alternatives and options and received feedback from the public about which options they preferred. After considering all of this input, NFTA has developed a series of route change proposals, and we are now seeking a final round of input.

Riders and community members can view detailed proposals at metro.nfta.com/2021 network and provide comments right on the map. In addition, you can email us at planning@nfta.com, call Customer Care to provide a statement at (716) 855-7211, or write us a letter at Service Planning, 181 Ellicott St, Buffalo NY 14203.

There will be a total of three hearings, one virtual, and two in person, both Niagara and Erie Counties. The virtual meetings will take place on Monday, August 23, the second at the Portage Road Transportation Center in Niagara Falls (1162 Portage Road), and finally on Wednesday, August 25 at the Metropolitan Transportation Center (181 Ellicott) in downtown Buffalo. All hearings will take place at 5:30 p.m.  

A link to the hearings will be available on our website, www.nfta.com.

For more details on Transit Improvements, here’s a link to the special website: https://metro.nfta.com/2021network

 

 

Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Seeks Candidates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             July 27, 2021  

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s elite Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team is preparing to hold an exam for candidates. ARFF responds to aircraft incidents, structural fires, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous material incidents, rescues, and emergency medical requests. The exam is used to find qualified candidates. Successful applicants will attend the fire academy. The written exam dates are below. Physical agility test will follow on separate date. An application fee $25 is required, made payable to the NFTA.

 

Application Deadline:                August 9

Exam Dates:                            Friday, August 27 or  Saturday, August 28

 

Additional information can be found at fire.nfta.com     

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   July 27, 2021

(Niagara Falls, N.Y.) — Western New York artist Jalen Law will reveal his completed mural inside the waiting area of the NFTA-Metro Portage Road Transportation Center at a media conference hosted by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA-Metro) and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area (NFNHA). The conference will be held on July 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Transportation Center located at 1162 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, New York. 

Law’s intentions for the mural included creating a piece of artwork that would resonate with all of the different people of the Niagara Falls community and empower them to make their voices heard. The incredible artwork that fills the space with beauty, color, and visual interest includes an interactive element — a QR code that viewers can scan to provide feedback. 

At the press conference, Law will be joined by several community leaders who will share more information about the project and reveal the finalized artwork. 

See previous press release for more information. For media files, visit here.

About Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA-Metro)

NFTA-Metro serves 24 million people each year in Erie and Niagara counties, and is made up of 1,000 employees including operators, planners, mechanics, technicians, and specialists responsible for delivering service, and working diligently to make it easy for our customers to experience the highest level of public transportation. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awarded NFTA-Metro with the top gold award in its 2020 Bus and Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards. which is given to organizations with the best overall safety or security programs.

About Niagara Falls National Heritage Area & NF Murals

The NF Murals project is part of Niagara Falls Heritage Arts, the public art initiative of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area (NFNHA). The NFNHA facilitates partnerships between artists, public and private organizations, and community members and stakeholders to envision and create public art, impacting the cultural landscape with pieces that reflect and honor the history and legacy of Niagara Falls. Learn more at nfmurals.org & discoverniagara.org.

About Jalen Law

Jalen Law is an artist with 5 years of related work experience, as well as a portfolio of varied accomplishments including referenced publications, exhibitions, and academic achievements. His recent mural, “Calvin ‘Pop’ Porter,” was created in 2020 and is located at Main & Depot Avenue alongside 13 other murals. Law possesses a strong sense of artistry and forward-thinking, that is consistently displayed across all art pieces. He also works with clients for customized art works. His portfolio can be viewed at TheJalenLawCollection.com.

 

 

Board Meeting Schedule for July 22, 2021 In-Person

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               

                                                            

 MEDIA ADVISORY                                                             July 8, 2021

 

The following meetings of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s Board of Commissioners have been scheduled for July 22, 2021.  All meetings will be conducted in-person in the sixth-floor Board Room/Main Conference Room at the NFTA located at 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Thursday, July 22                             Combined Committee Meeting

                                                        10:30 a.m.

                                               

                                                        Board Meeting

                                                        12:30 p.m.

 

 

Ribbon Cutting Marks Biggest Airport Improvements Since the 1990’s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             June 18, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y., - This morning, leaders from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) were joined by government, business, and civic partners to officially cut the ribbon and unveil the Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s (BNIA) terminal enhancements. This event has even more significance this year, as Western New York looks forward, following a difficult year as a result of COVID-19. Today’s event provided an opportunity to celebrate the upgrades to our beloved airport. The $71.7 million dollar project boasts the following:

  • 75,000 square feet of new and renovated space on the first and second floors of the passenger terminals.
  • Improved critical traveler issues including security, pedestrian flow, curbside congestion, and baggage claim capacity.
  • Will help lead the way for the region’s economic recovery.

Kimberly A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “This is an exciting day for the Buffalo Airport and our community, as the improvements will help us provide best in class aviation and continue to serve those traveling to and from Western New York. Our airport is now well positioned to play a critical role in our community’s post-pandemic economic recovery.”

"These significant enhancements are all part of a greater effort to make the visitor experience more safe, efficient, and enjoyable," said Senator Tim Kennedy. "As the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, I’m pleased to see New York investing in projects that will improve travel and streamline accessibility, and I applaud the strong commitment the NFTA is making to strengthen our transportation connections across the nation."

Congressman Brian Higgins said, “The Buffalo Niagara International Airport serves as a gateway to the Western New York community.  These infrastructure investments improve operational efficiencies, help strengthen regional economic opportunities and serve to improve the welcome and welcome home experience for visitors and residents alike.”

When travelling returns to pre-COVID levels, BNIA will continue to generate 1 billion dollars into the region’s economy annually. Many BNIA travelers are Canadian tourists who bring outside spending to the region, especially at local hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments.

This outside spending helps stimulate the local economy, create local jobs, and generate additional tax revenue for the region and state. The airport revenue generated from increased airport activity will foster a more sustainable financial future for the airport as well as the NFTA, which also operates the Buffalo region’s public transit system.

Ribbon Cutting Marks Biggest Airport Improvements Since the 1990’s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             June 15, 2021

 

NFTA UNVEILS ENHANCEMENTS AT BUFFALO AIRPORT

Ribbon Cutting Marks Biggest Airport Improvements Since the 1990’s 

 

What:   Ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new and improved Buffalo Airport Terminal                    Enhancements.

Who:    NFTA Leaders, Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Tim Kennedy, along with other government,                    civic, and community leaders.

Where: New Meet and Greet Area, which is located pre-security on the east side of the terminal                                past the Southwest Airlines check-in counter at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

When: Friday, June 18th, 11:00 a.m.

 

***All event procedures will follow proper social distancing and all guests are asked to wear face coverings.

 ***Members of the media should park in the short-term parking lot and bring in your ticket for validation.