News Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             March 18, 2020


BUFFALO, N.Y. — An employee at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. This individual is not customer facing and was never ill on the job.  Our colleague traveled out of state and has been in self-quarantine at home since March 14th. 

This is the first confirmed case at the NFTA. We are grateful to our team members who acted responsibly and helped in the global effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are pleased that this employee is feeling healthy. 

We are working with the New York State and Erie County Health departments, as well as the CDC and doing our part by increasing our cleaning and disinfecting efforts throughout our facilities and vehicles, and widely publicizing  public health recommendations to avoid the spread of respiratory illnesses—namely, social distancing; avoiding close contact with sick individuals; frequent hand-washing; covering your cough or sneezing into a tissue; cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces; avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; and staying home when you are sick.

Addressing COVID-19 Concerns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           March 5, 2020


Coronavirus and Public Transportation

Addressing COVID-19 concerns


BUFFALO, N.Y.- The spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a concern throughout the world and here in Western New York. As a public transportation authority, that oversees a bus, rail, and two international airports, we take this seriously, and are working hard to help communicate important information and keep our riders and travelers safe.

We want to be sure to communicate that the immediate risk remains low for people to be exposed to the virus, according to the New York State Department of Health.

The NFTA is partnering with other agencies in the region to share messages to help prevent the spread of this virus, as well as the flu. Below are some precautions to help keep ourselves and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. A hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will do if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes to avoid transferring germs.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces, like counters, light switches, doorknobs and cellphones.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.

We are following the guidance of state health authorities to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Our top priority is to ensure that our customers and our employees stay healthy and safe. 

For more information about novel coronavirus or influenza (flu):


The Countdown is on, Applications for the NFTA Police Exam are due in less than 2 weeks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             February 25, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y., - Those who are interested in joining the award winning NFTA Police force have two more weeks to get their applications in. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority started accepting applications in the beginning of the year. The exam is the start of the process designed to find the perfect candidates for the Transportation Authority Police Department. Officers have a great opportunity to take part in a unique and highly rewarding law enforcement career. The test will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, applications are due by Friday, March 6, 2020. Information, and relevant materials, are available at

“This is an important event for us,” NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel said. “Keeping our community safe is our number one priority.  Whether on a bus, in our rail system, or at either of our international airports. We are looking for the best to join our highly directed police force.”

There is a $25 fee due with the application, prior to the close of business on March 6th, 2020. In addition to the timed, written test, there is also a physical exam; more details on the process are available at


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             February 25, 2020


Metro Rail Expansion Public Hearings


What and Who:        NFTA Metro will present the findings of the LRT Expansion Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to the community for public testimony. This is the next step the expansion project.


When and Where:     Tuesday, February 25, 5 p.m.

                                   Sweet Home Middle School Auditorium, 4150 Maple Road


                                    Wednesday, February 26, 1 p.m.

                                    The Screening Room at Boulevard Mall, 880 Alberta Drive

Presentations to begin approximately 30 mins after the start time of each hearing. Interviews will be given prior to the start of each hearing. Reporters wishing to go live during the hearing will be asked to do so from outside the auditorium as to not disrupt the hearing.

The Niagara Frontier Transit Metro System, Inc. (Metro), is a subsidiary of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Doors open to media at 4:45 p.m. (on 2/25) and noon (on 2/26). To help all speakers present comments and presentations, we ask if journalists are reporting live, to do so outside the Auditorium.  


Fisher-Price Unveils New Play Areas at the Buffalo Airport

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           January 22, 2020          


What and Who: Join leaders from Fisher-Price, the NFTA, government and civic leaders as we unveil the newly installed Fisher-Price Play Gates.  The attractions within each of the three gate areas (Gate #2, Gate #9 and Gate #19/21) will showcase larger-than-life versions of iconic Fisher Price toys including the Rock-a-Stack, the Chatterphone, Thomas the Tank Engine and more.  Each of the play structures will be large enough for children to climb, use their imaginations and most importantly, have fun!


Where:              Buffalo Niagara International Airport Post Security  


When:                Wednesday, January 22, 11:00 a.m.


*** This will be held post-security, all members of the media need to be at the departing level of airport

(2nd floor) by 10:30 a.m., to be escorted through security.


**Please park in daily parking area and bring in ticket in for validation


Western New York Students Kick Off Sounds of the Season and Gifts Of Warmth Charity Drive

BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is proud to present its holiday Sounds of the Season again this year in the downtown bus terminal (181 Ellicott Street) for its 12th year.  Talented local students will perform live holiday music from Friday, December 13 through Friday, December 20.  The holiday entertainment has become a highly popular tradition and helps bring joy to travelers in our busy downtown bus terminal and throughout our Metro system.  This year we will be collecting “Gifts of Warmth” to benefit the families and children of The Salvation Army of Buffalo.

“Buffalo Public School’s Music Department is excited to partner with NFTA Metro and the Salvation Army for the 2019 Sounds of the Season holiday performances.   Daily live events will showcase the diverse musical talents of BPS students as they bring holiday merriment and joy to travelers and Metro customers throughout the holiday season while raising awareness to a great cause of supporting families through donations of warm clothing to the Salvation Army,” said James Schwanz, Musical Supervisor for Buffalo Public Schools.      

“The Salvation Army is thrilled to be the beneficiary of the gifts of warmth collection from NFTA Metro and Buffalo Public Schools.  We will be distributing them in our Homeless Family Shelter, as well as our Homeless Street Feed Program, to those in need of socks, gloves, hats and scarves,” said Major Annette Lock. “Community partnerships like these are so important to our mission of basic needs, especially in Buffalo’s cold winters.

The public can donate items at the downtown bus terminal during any of our lunchtime performances (181 Ellicott St.), at the Buffalo Airport firehouse (120 Amherst Villa Rd.) 1404 Main Street (TPD Headquarters) and Buffalo Schools #3 (255 Porter Ave.), #45 (141 Hoyt St.), and #74 (126 Donaldson Rd.).  All donated items will be provided to families in need within our local community for the holidays.

The following schools will be performing live holiday music at our downtown bus terminal on the dates and times indicated:

            Fri., Dec. 13                Kick Off Event – 181 Ellicott             10 a.m.
                                                Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts


            Mon., Dec. 16             Lorraine Elementary                        11 a.m.
                                                Dr. Lydia Wright                           12 p.m.

            Tues., Dec. 17            Buffalo Academy of Visual                11 a.m.
                                            and Performing Arts                                      

           Weds., Dec. 18            Akron Mobile Santa Band                  8 a.m. (est) – 15  min perf.
                                            Southside Elementary                       11 a.m.
                                            Metro Santa will be stopping by for a visit.
                                            Buffalo Academy for VPA                   12 p.m.

          Thurs., Dec. 19           South Park High School                     11 a.m.
                                           Middle Early College HS                     12 p.m.           

On Dec. 19, students from Olmsted High School will perform at Metro Rail’s University Station at 10 - 10:45 a.m. and at Evans Bank@Lafayette Rail Station from 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.  Santa will also be riding Metro Rail throughout the day checking on riders to see if they have been naughty or nice.

          Fri., Dec. 20              Waterfront                                          11 a.m.
                                         Olmsted #156                                      12 p.m.

Each musical performance will feature 30-45 students who will generally entertain for approximately 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend.  If inclement weather, schedule changes will be posted through social media.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             December 11, 2019    

Now Accepting Applications for the Transit Authority Police Exam


BUFFALO, N.Y., - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that it will begin accepting applications for its upcoming police exam. Held only as needed, the exam is the start of the process designed to find the perfect candidates for the Transportation Authority Police Department.  The test will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the Buffalo Convention Center, applications are due by Friday, March 6, 2020. Information, and relevant materials, are available at

“This is an important event for us,” NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel said. “Keeping our traveling public safe is our number one priority whether on a bus, in our rail system, or at either of our international airports. That means we are looking for the best, and the best should be looking for an opportunity with the Transit Police. It is a rewarding, meaningful career.”

There is a $25 fee due with the application, prior to the close of business on March 6th, 2020. In addition to the timed, written test, there is also a physical exam; more details on the process are available at

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             November 22, 2019          

BUFFALO, N.Y., - The Buffalo Niagara International Airport held a Topping Out ceremony, commemorating the installation of the highest steel beam in the first phase of the Airport upgrade. In an ancient Scandinavian tradition, a small evergreen is attached to the tallest beam so that no structure is, at least symbolically, higher than the trees.

“As a frequent traveler at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, I know how important this project is to improve the traveling experience and support continued economic growth in Buffalo and Western New York,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended today’s ceremony. “Our airport is ranked as one of the best in the nation, and these upgrades will help ensure we maintain the highest standards to benefit travelers from near and far.” 

Congressman Brian Higgins said, “Flight options and usage continue to grow at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and this $61 million project allows the airport to grow with it. Today we raise the bar, both figuratively and literally on the Buffalo Airport experience, accommodating the efficient flow of operations and passengers to keep pace with the needs of today and tomorrow.”

NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel said, “As our region continues to grow, Western New Yorkers deserve a world-class airport designed to meet the needs of today’s 21st century traveler. Thanks to the support of Governor Cuomo, Congressman Higgins, and the entire Western New York Delegation, this project will modernize the Buffalo Airport with the services and amenities needed to improve the traveling experience for millions of current and future passengers.”

William R. Vanecek, the NFTA’s Director of Aviation said, “The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is excited about enhancing the terminal. The raising of this beam represents a literal landmark to the progress and vitality of this community asset. The Buffalo Airport has been a powerful engine of economic growth for more than 20 years and with the improvements we are building here, it is only going to get stronger.”

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s #BUFup project is expected to take three years. It will improve passenger-dynamics throughout the terminal, including the security entrance, public exits, inspection areas and baggage claim. The upgrade also creates more comfortable waiting areas for passengers transitioning to cars, buses and vans.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Unique and Energized Station Look




BUFFALO, N.Y., - Leaders from Evans Bancorp, the NFTA and Civic and Government officials cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Evans Bank Station@Lafayette Square.  Earlier this year, Evans Bancorp purchased the naming rights for the NFTA’s Lafayette Square above-ground Metro Rail station. Located steps away from the bank’s Business & Relationship Center at Main & Court Streets, the new station promotes the bank’s presence in downtown Buffalo. 

“We wanted to make a big brand statement downtown due to the proximity to our financial center and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome,” said David J. Nasca, Evans Bank President & CEO.  “At Evans, we believe strongly in public/private partnerships and this is an investment that will benefit the entire community by allowing the public to enjoy an updated and beautifully vibrant station in a highly trafficked downtown corridor.”

In addition to the new station now beautifully colored in “Evans” orange, the company’s logo is now prominently displayed on top of the station, as well as on ticketing machines. Additional branding will appear on station shelter signs and maps, internal digital and audio message boards, online and digital schedules and in three rail cars.

"This new partnership is yet another great example of Evans Bank’s commitment to the Western New York Community,” said Sister Denise Roche, Chair, NFTA Board of Commissioners. “We are most appreciative because this provides us with a creative source of revenue and helps us continue to maximize public transportation and better connect our community.”

The initial term of the agreement is for five years with an option to renew for an additional five-year term.  

About Evans Bancorp, Inc.

Evans Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company and the parent company of Evans Bank, N.A., a commercial bank with $1.5 billion in assets and $1.3 billion in deposits at September 30, 2019. Evans is a full-service community bank, with 15 financial centers providing comprehensive financial services to consumer, business and municipal customers throughout Western New York. Evans Bancorp's wholly owned insurance subsidiary, The Evans Agency, LLC, provides life insurance, employee benefits, and property and casualty insurance through ten insurance offices in the Western New York region. Evans Investment Services provides non-deposit investment products, such as annuities and mutual funds. Evans Bancorp, Inc. and Evans Bank routinely post news and other important information on their websites, at and

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.

Get Sneak Peek of “The Club”


What and Who:        Join Priority Pass, NFTA, government and civic leaders as they celebrate  
                                 the opening of “The Club” at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport                                                   (BNIA).  The new lounge will offer business travelers a space to relax
                                  and rejuvenate.

Where:                       Buffalo Niagara International Airport, post-security next to security area


When:                         Monday, September 23. 10:00 a.m.


                                    Media and other guests are asked to meet in the pre-security ticket area at                                      BNIA no later than 9:45 a.m. where they will be escorted post-security for                                     the ceremonial ribbon cutting.



**Please park in short term parking and bring in your ticket for validation




Det. 1 B Co, 3-126th GSAB

COMM: 585-783-5312

CELL: 716-572-2525



Helen Tederous, NFTA  


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     October 16, 2019                               

What and who: The remains of Korean War veteran and Western New York native, Sergeant (Sgt) Gerald Bernard RAEYMACKER, will arrive at the Buffalo airport on Thursday, October 17th at a flight arriving at 9:33 a.m. Family members will be at the airport. Sergeant Raeymacher was born in Chautauqua, New York, on December 6, 1929, and first enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 3, 1948.


Where:               Members of the media are welcome to be at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, west-end baggage area (ground floor) at approximately 9:45 a.m.  


When:                Thursday, October 17th, 9:45 a.m. Ground floor baggage area (west end)


**Please park in short term parking and bring in your ticket for validation


Visit new landmark that blends traditional customer care with interactive and digital information technologies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             October 21, 2019          

What and Who:
Join NFTA, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, and other civic leaders as they celebrate the official opening of the new Customer Service Center
                         with a ribbon cutting.  The new center, located in the downtown bus terminal, will provide interactive and digital information technologies to better
                         serve Metro’s riding community and offer a multi-use area for our operators.


Where:              NFTA Headquarters, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo 


When:                Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – 10:30 a.m.  


**If you can’t find parking on Ellicott, please park in parking spots numbered 70 and above located in the Metro bus loop on Ellicott/Division Streets.  


Agency Shows Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month


BUFFALO, N.Y., - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is going pink for the month of October in support of breast cancer awareness.  The NFTA is doing its part to help bring attention to this important cause in various ways, all starting on Tuesday, October 1.  

The NFTA will be turning the water in the two fountains outside the Buffalo Niagara International Airport pink using an LED system; the NFTA’s Transit Police patrol vehicle will bear a pink decal and officers will proudly be exchanging their regular badges for pink versions for the month; the Buffalo Airport firefighting trucks will be adorned with pink decals; and there will be special rider-alerts on Metro-Buses and the rail, encouraging regular mammography exams. The Fountain Plaza Metro Rail Station and Buffalo International Airport will highlight the month with special pink lighting.      

The NFTA will also be displaying specially-designed logos on its website and social media channels throughout the month.

One out of every eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, which is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. About 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. There is no known prevention of breast cancer, but if it is found early and treated, there is a good chance for a cure. That is why it is so important for women to commit to breast cancer detection practices including self-exams and mammograms.

“We are excited to be ‘going pink’ in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month,” said Kim Minkel, NFTA executive director, “it is our hope that these initiatives will help remind our riders and community members of the importance of annual breast cancer screenings.”

In further support of breast cancer awareness month and the many individuals affected by this disease, the NFTA is inviting riders to show their support by wearing pink while using Metro bus or rail on Friday, October 11, 2019.

Workshop at Sweet Home Middle School to focus on updated station designrecap of traffic analysis, and preliminary environmental analysis and impacts concepts,


BUFFALO, N.Y., - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is encouraging members of the public to attend the next Metro Rail Expansion Project event on the evening of Tuesday, September 24th at Sweet Home Middle School.

The meeting will focus on updated design concepts, recap the traffic analysis results, preliminary environmental analysis and impacts and proposed mitigation measures. In addition, we invite the public to provide information on known built historic properties or archaeological sites pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Organizers are hoping to receive community input on the updated concept and potential impacts and related mitigation prior to issuing the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in the fall of 2019.

“We want to give the public the opportunity to review and comment on the design updates and to preview the impacts and potential mitigation measures prior to issuing the DEIS,” said Kim Minkel NFTA Executive Director. “This is a chance for the community to provide input on the preliminary environmental findings in a casual forum prior to holding an official public hearing early next year.”


Metro Rail Expansion Project Workshop

Tuesday, September 24 | 5:00-7:00 PM Sweet Home Middle School Cafeteria

4150 Maple Road, Amherst, NY 14226

NFTA is Reaching Out to the Public

News Release

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The year was 1986, Lionel Richie had the number one song, “Say You, Say Me,” “Top Gun” led at the box office, and here in Western New York, the NFTA displayed special tiles made from the selected drawings of local students on the walls of its headquarters. This was all part of a project sponsored by Tops Market. In total, there were 198 ceramic tiles, designed by renown artist, Jackson Gregory.    

The ceramic tiles are displayed on two walls, and due to construction at the MTC, (181 Ellicott) will have to come down. The NFTA is reaching out to the public, in the hopes of finding as many of the artists who created the tiles as possible and will try its best to save the tiles and give them to their rightful owners. A special display has been created for those to identify their works on If you see your artwork and would like the tile, please e-mail, , include the number and name on the tile, as well as the description, please provide the date and general time you will be coming in to pick up the tile. The tiles will be available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting on October, 14th.

MEDIA ADVISORY                                August 28, 2019



What:    The exciting announcement of a new and innovative service at both the Buffalo

              and Niagara Falls International Airports. This new technology will help the blind

              and visually-impaired traveler.


Who:      NFTA leadership, including Commissioner Margo Downey, a user of the service

              who will demonstrate how it works.


When:   Wednesday, August 28th at 1:00 pm.


Where:  The Buffalo Niagara International Airport, west end 2nd floor. Please park in

              short-term parking and we will validate your parking ticket.  

New event will raise funds to support research for the blind and visually impaired


Katie Brown

General Manager, Rusty Nickel Brewing Co.

Event Coordinator, WNY VisionFest      




MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                              August 20, 2019

What:             Announcement of new local and unique event to raise money for badly needed research for the blind and visually impaired

Who:               Local Organizers personally impacted by vision challenges in partnership with Rusty Nickel Brewing Co., researchers from the Jacobs Institute,
                       and NFTA leadership (sponsor of the event)

Why:               Thousands of blind and visually impaired people in Western New York will benefit from the medical research

When/Where:  10:00am, Tuesday, August 20

                          4350 Seneca Street, West Seneca


Test Your Metro Trivia Knowledge, Win Prizes

BUFFALO, N.Y. . . NFTA-Metro is looking for all Transit Geeks to compete in “METRIVIA.” A game of knowledge that focuses on facts and figures of Public Transportation. You can play the game at NFTA-Metro’s exhibit at the Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops, July 13-14.  

METRIVIA is part of Metro’s on-site community display, located in the traffic circle near Niagara Square.  You will also find the new community/ training bus and Metro’s new low-floor paratransit van for use by riders with special needs.  Metro’s training bus provides a hands-on “classroom” for Metro personnel and includes an external awning for community engagement activities.  Both vehicles will be available for attendees to board, watch “how-to” videos and learn about the benefits of using public transit.  Visitors (aka “contestants”) can spin the METRIVIA wheel and answer questions to win prizes.   NFTA staff will also be on hand to talk about Metro programs, projects, and employment opportunities.

To avoid the hassles of driving and parking, the NFTA is encouraging the public to take Metro Rail to the Taste of Buffalo.  Festival-goers can park at Metro’s LaSalle or University lots for free and take Metro Rail to Lafayette or Fountain Plaza Stations, which are both a short walk to the festival.

For more information about Metro routes and fares, go to:

Kids Fun Run Added this Year, Run Provides Unique Race Course

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the Niagara Falls International Airport will again play host to a unique 5K race using its main runway, Sunday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m.

The Calspan Run The Runway, a certified 5K race, will take place exclusively on the airport’s main 10,825 foot long runway and adjoining taxiways. The event is being coordinated by Eclipse Multi-Sport, a local race management company that highlights the family experience

in fitness activities and has raised thousands of dollars for charitable partners in WNY for over a decade.

William R. Vanecek, the NFTA’s Director of Aviation said, “We are pleased to once again have Calspan as our major sponsor and host this special community event at our airport. Using the main runway as the race course gives participants a unique perspective as they will have an  opportunity to be on a course that most people never have.”

“Calspan is thrilled to be the title sponsor of the Calspan Runway 5K for the second year in a row. Last year the event drew hundreds of participants and we expect this year to be bigger and better. The run provides participants with a unique opportunity to run a 5K on the Niagara Falls International Airport runway. The opportunity to support this event demonstrates Calspan’s long-standing commitment to giving back to the community and aligns with our rich history in aviation research and development.”

New this year is the addition of a Kids Fun Run for youngsters 12 years & under using a shorter modified course and aviation enthusiast Paul Faltyn starting the race by-way of a flyover using a helicopter!!

The Niagara Aerospace Museum has been designated to receive a portion of the net proceeds from the race. The museum located in the former NFIA terminal, displays a varied collection of aviation artifacts, in addition to providing extensive education programming, focusing on the area’s role in our nation’s extensive aerospace history.

Registration for this year’s race is now open. Participants can sign up online at Last year’s inaugural race attracted approximately 400 runners, who had the rare opportunity to run a 5K race on a course that provided open vistas of the airfield and terminal, while running a flat course. Last year’s winning time was 19 minutes, 23 seconds.

Participants and guests will be screened prior to accessing the secure side of the terminal’s ramp area, just as they would prior to taking a flight. Registration opens at 8 a.m., with the race starting at 10 a.m. Free parking will be available in airport lots. Participants are encouraged to carpool. The NFIA is located at 2035 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY.


Anne Horan VP, Eclipse Multisport – 716-830-6713


What:    This special workshop will provide the public with unique illustrations of the proposed station design, concepts,                                  expected ridership levels, and traffic flow. There will be experts on hand to answer questions and provide insight.  

Who:     Leaders from the NFTA, project consultants, civic leaders.

Why:     The NFTA is encouraging the public to attend this event that will focus on getting valuable community input on station                       design and various aspects of the project. It is a great opportunity to learn and ask questions about the Rail Expansion.

When/Where: Tuesday, June 11

                        5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

                        University at Buffalo Hayes Hall Room 403

                        3435 Main Street

Website for background information:

Allegiant Airlines Adds Non-Stop Flights to Popular Destination

MEDIA ADVISORY                                              


What:             First flight takes off from the Niagara Falls International Airport  


Who:               NFTA leadership, civic, government and business leaders


Why:               Celebrating the first flight from Niagara Falls Airport to Savannah/Hilton Head


When:             Friday, June 7th,  3:00 p.m.

Where:           Niagara Falls International Airport


Tourist-Friendly Service Continues Into It's 16th Season

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced its seasonal launch of Metro’s Trolley Service to guests staying at participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels beginning Friday, May 17.  Metro’s Niagara Falls Trolley buses will serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, the Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

Special Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley.  

In downtown Niagara Falls, trolley stops include the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, the Seneca Niagara Casino, and across from the Niagara Falls USA Official Visitor Center at First and Rainbow.  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. 

Patrons receive their free 2019 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.

“I am once again very excited for the kickoff of one of the most successful and popular tourism related projects in the city of Niagara Falls.  The citywide free Metro Trolley service for hotel guests makes the great destination of Niagara Falls USA much more tourist friendly allowing a more awesome experience for our millions of visitors each year.  I am very honored to have been a part of the creation of this service 15 years ago as well as its continued growth.  The success of the service could not be accomplished without the help of the fantastic tourism professionals in our local hotels and industry, the phenomenal service given by everyone at the NFTA and the great leaders we have in the City of Niagara Falls,” said Frank Strangio, President, Niagara Falls Hotel Association.

“Metro’s trolley service offers an efficient and easy travel option for visitors to explore and sightsee within the City of Niagara Falls,” said Tom George, NFTA’s Director of Public Transit.  “We are looking forward to serving the community in its transportation needs during the upcoming tourism season.”

Operation hours are from 9 a.m. until midnight as follows: May 17-26 (Fri-Sun), May 27-Sept. 29 (Daily) and Oct. 4-27 (Fri-Sun).  All Metro route maps, service updates and schedules can be found online at, #NFTrolley, including trolley maps and schedules.               

Those without a trolley day pass can ride the trolley 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 younger ride free, limit three children per fare paying adult.


:    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.


Launch of Service Marks Green Your Commute Day

Media Advisory

    The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls Hotel Association, celebrates the launch of NFTA Metro’s 2019 Trolley Service on Green Your Commute Day.  This service supports the use of sustainable modes of transportation. The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and opportunities for attendees to take a Seasonal inaugural ride on one of Metro’s “green” trolley vehicles.

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 17 through October 27, 9 a.m. to midnight.

Leaders from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, City of Niagara Falls, and the Niagara Falls Hotel Association. 

WHEN:      Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10 a.m.   (Rain or Shine)

WHERE:    Official Niagara Falls Visitor Center at 10 Rainbow Blvd.  A reception catered by Antonio’s Restaurant will be held
                 immediately following the ceremony.

County Clerk NFTA and TSA collaborate to prepare travelers for new federal standards
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns
     Erie County Hall 92 Franklin St. Buffalo, NY 14202 (716) 858-8866


DATE: May 15, 2019

CONTACT:     Kelly Krug

                        716-858-6985 / 716-923-3936


Buffalo, NY- Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns, the NFTA and TSA have teamed up to help residents in obtaining their REAL ID or Enhanced Driver’s License for air travel.  The Erie County Auto Bureau staff will assist travelers with their visit by providing accurate information on what specifically will be required for licenses and non-driver IDs before October 1, 2020.  Kearns will ensure that customers are educated and will have the proper documents needed for their visit to the Auto Bureau.  The County Clerk’s initiative is to educate and prepare travelers for the REAL ID deadline in order to make processing REAL IDs and Enhanced Driver’s licenses more efficient.   This will also reduce wait times when customers visit the Erie County Auto Bureau.  Staff will also help customers with scheduling an on-line reservation at a date and time most convenient for customers.


When it was passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established minimum security standards for state issued driver licenses, permits and ID cards.  Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will require drivers licenses, permits or ID cards to be REAL ID compliant if a person wants to use the documents to board a domestic flight (within the U.S.), enter military bases or enter certain federal facilities.

County Clerk Kearns stated, “In order to better serve Erie County residents, I am implementing the ‘Ready, Reserve, Renew’ campaign.  Over the next 500 days between now and October 1, 2020 when the REAL ID Act takes effect, my office will be hosting a minimum of 250 CLERK ON THE GO Outreaches throughout Erie County starting here at the Buffalo International Airport.”

“We are doing everything possible to ensure that our travelers, who rely on us to get them to where they’re going remain as informed as possible” said Bill Vanecek, NFTA aviation director. “That’s why it is so important to get the word out early and to be sure questions about REAL ID are addressed.”

According to TSA, REAL ID is a coordinated effort by the federal government to improve the reliability and accuracy of driver's licenses and identification cards. The improvements are intended to inhibit terrorists' ability to evade detection by using fraudulent identification.

Kearns encourages those who need their current ID updated into a Federal Compliant ID to make an on-line reservation at the Auto Bureau before visiting.  Kearns stated, “By utilizing our on-line reservation system, customers are guaranteed service at an office conveniently located near them, at a time of their choice.  In short, they will not have to wait in line.  I encourage everyone to take advantage of our CLERK ON THE GO Outreaches and #GETREADY for the Real ID Act.  When customers utilize this service with the proper forms and documents, transaction time at the auto bureau is more efficient and convenient.”

To learn more about REAL ID, attend an upcoming CLERK ON THE GO Outreach, or make a reservation at the Erie County Auto Bureau, visit or email us at

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Buffalo Airport Upgrade


BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority formally begins construction of terminal enhancements at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the project we affectionally call #BUFUP, on Monday, May 13.  

Kimberley Minkel, NFTA executive director, said, “In 2018, J.D. Power ranked the Buffalo Niagara International Airport number one in customer satisfaction for medium-sized airports in North America. We are not resting on those laurels. The improvements will help ensure Buffalo remains the finest airport in North America.”

The largest upgrade for the Airport since the new terminal’s construction, this series of enhancements is all about passenger flow. Airplanes rely on aerodynamics to fly; superior airports pay attention to passenger-dynamics. The Buffalo Airport is investing in ways to improve passenger movement through the terminal, making it as easy and efficient as possible. Upgrades include a wider security entrance, doubling the number of exits, larger inspection areas and faster baggage claim. The upgrade also creates more comfortable waiting areas for passengers transitioning to cars, buses and vans. The project is expected to take three years. Passengers can follow all of the progress at

Digging in to BUF-Up!

What:           Ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction project at the Buffalo Airport.


When:          Monday, May 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m.


Where:        Buffalo Niagara International Airport Former Limo lot

 (see attached map for exact location)


Who/Why: Government, civic, and business leaders will join the NFTA to commemorate the start of airport construction. It is an exciting time for Western New York.


Parking:      There will be limited space at the construction site, the best place to park is in the parking ramp, we will validate your ticket.


*** The event is being held in the construction site, which will be great for visuals,
        but not so much on footwear, so wear boots or old shoes*** Hard hat optional!! ***


Operation: Snow Fighter Kicks off 5 Days of Airfield Snow Removal and Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             April 26, 2019

Buffalo Hosts the 53rd Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium

Airfield professionals from across the country and world

What: The 53rd Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium, this is an equipment year, so the Buffalo convention center will be filled with a diverse variety of winter operations equipment, related services and solutions for airports. This event is presented by the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Focused exclusively on airfield snow removal and winter operations, the purpose of the event this year is to provide new educational programs, more opportunities for networking, a variety of ideas about winter operations, and a range of partnership sponsorship opportunities.

To clean-up after a heavy snowstorm and to absorb the associated operating delays can easily cost a major airport more than a quarter of a million dollars. Another purpose of the snow symposium is to show how these costs can be minimized by utilizing the sound strategies, effective equipment and efficient techniques for coping with snow, slush and ice.

Where: Buffalo Convention Center (Snow Plow Rodeo at Buffalo Airport) 

When: Saturday, April 27th to Wednesday, May 1st

Link with detailed information:


NFTA Metro Police officers are asking for help finding a missing teenager.

Police say 14-year-old Beonica Henley was last seen Wednesday evening at a friend’s home in Buffalo.

According to officers, the Buffalo teenager may have been at a Metro Rail location over the past 24 hours. Transit Police are working collaboratively with the Buffalo Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Transit Police at 855-6405.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           


 What:           Career Fair “Fly-In” with Maryvale High School NAF Students


When:          Tuesday, April 16, 2019,  11:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m.


Where:        Prior Aviation – Hanger #2 (see attachments for exact location)


Who/Why: Selected 10th grade Maryvale High School students enrolled in the   National Academy Foundation’s 3-year
                  Academy of Hospitality and Tourism Program
.  The program was initiated to help students decide upon and
                  prepare for a career in the hospitality industry. There will be approximately 20+ students in attendance plus
                  three-four program advisors.


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