News Room

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.


Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara and the NFTA Partner to Get Tough on Smoking


March 20, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara and the NFTA are uniting against tobacco use on March 20th, and they join
thousands of young people nationwide to mark Kick Butts Day. More than 1,000 events are planned across the United States
for this annual day of youth activism, sponsored by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

Today, the NFTA-Metro announced an increased No Smoking campaign, that includes amplified signage at bus stops and
on the rail. “We are increasing awareness of the anti-smoking laws through improved customer signage and backing it
up with increased enforcement activities as this is a very serious issue for our riders” said Director of Public Transit,
Tom George.

On Kick Butts Day, kids encourage their peers to be tobacco-free, reject tobacco companies' devious marketing and urge elected officials to help make the next generation tobacco-free.

Secondhand smoke is a human carcinogen for which there is no safe level of exposure, not even outdoors. According to
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), secondhand smoke causes more than 7,300 lung cancer deaths among U.S. nonsmokers each year. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are inhaling many of the same cancer-causing substances and poisons as smokers. Additionally, cigarette butts are also the most littered item in the world, and discarded cigarettes pollute
land and waterways, diminish the beauty of our public spaces and are poisonous to wildlife and children who may ingest them.

“It’s our responsibility to do everything we can to make sure community settings like bus and rail stops are free from secondhand smoke,” said  Mark Travers, PhD, Research Scientist at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. “ I applaud the NFTA as a cancer researcher, and I thank them as a parent for their steps to make sure our transportation system is clean and safe for our most vulnerable citizens - including our children and those struggling with lung disease, heart disease, and cancer, all caused by tobacco.”

For riders who smoke, Travers notes that smoking is an addiction, one that’s hard to quit. Based at Roswell Park and supported by the New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program, the NYS Smokers' Quitline is here to help. Tobacco treatment specialists are available at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487).


About Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara

The New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Control funds Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara to increase support for New York State’s tobacco-free norm through youth action and community engagement. Efforts are evidence-based, policy-driven, and cost-effective approaches that decrease youth tobacco use, motivate adult smokers to quit, and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. Tobacco-Free Erie-Niagara is a part of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Proposed Legislation Will Be a Big Boost to Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. -  The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) is thanking New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, Chair of the Senate’s Transportation Committee, and Governor Andrew Cuomo for recognizing the significance of public transit services in Western New York. The Executive budget and the NYS Senate One House Bill both call for an increase in state transit operating assistance. In addition, the Senate One House calls for an 18.7 percent increase for NFTA; $6 million for preliminary engineering for the Amherst-Buffalo Metro Rail expansion project; and $100 million for improvements to light rail systems outside of the MTA service area.

"For years, I have fought for more operating funds for the NFTA, as well as the capital funding they need to maintain Metro Rail - the only light rail system outside of the MTA," said Senator Kennedy. "The Senate's proposed budget makes a strong statement as we enter negotiations with the Executive Branch and the Assembly on our final budget. It makes it clear that the Senate Majority is making Upstate and Western New York a top priority. As negotiations move forward, I'll fight to maintain the highest levels of funding possible for our local transportation needs."  

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Executive Director Kim Minkel said "We appreciate Senator Kennedy for recognizing the critical role that Metro bus and rail service has in our community and how important it is in the re-development of the City of Buffalo and Western New York. Adequate funding for public transit is an absolute necessity for our entire community and for the thousands of riders who count on us each day."

Executive Director Minkel will speak at Friday’s Senate Hearing on Transit in Western New York.

Refreshed Downtown Station to be Renamed Evans Bank@Lafayette Square Station


Thursday, February 28, 2019---Evans Bancorp has entered into an agreement in principle with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to purchase the naming rights for the NFTA’s Lafayette Square above-ground Metro Rail station. Located steps away from the bank’s new Business & Relationship Center at Main & Court streets, the “Evans Bank @ Lafayette Square Station” will promote the bank’s entry into downtown Buffalo last October. 

“At Evans, we believe strongly in public/private partnerships and this one is truly a win-win,” said David J. Nasca, Evans Bank President & CEO. “This agreement reinforces our downtown presence and allows the public to enjoy an updated and refreshed station in a highly trafficked downtown corridor.”

Under the agreement, both the inbound and outbound stops will display the Evans logo prominently atop the stations and ticket machines will be refreshed in Evans orange. 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.

"The new naming rights agreement is yet another example of Evans Bank’s commitment to the Western New York Community,” said Sister Denise Roche, Chairperson, NFTA Board of Commissioners. “We are excited and appreciative because this will provide us with a creative source of revenue and help 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 $1.4 billion in assets and $1.2 billion in deposits at December 31, 2018. 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

For Amherst Metro Rail Extension

For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 22, 2018

Buffalo Billion milestone marks major move to connect communities and build on the region’s economic progress through rail expansion

Empire State Development today announced the NFTA Board of Commissioners awarded the environmental review and associated engineering design service contract to the Buffalo office of WSP Inc., one of the world’s largest engineering firms, for Phase I in the Amherst Metro Rail Extension. This is a major milestone in a visionary project under the Buffalo Billion program. 

“This is an important step in the second phase of the Buffalo Billion that will ultimately connect communities as well as Buffalo Billion investments, and provide significant economic progress through rail expansion,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership we’re now making critical investments in projects like the light rail which will improve the overall reliability and connectivity of transportation services, as well as the upcoming DL&W station that will further enhance the region’s quality of life.”

“This is an historic and exciting day for the NFTA,” said NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel.  “We are grateful to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for his support and vision for this transformational project.”

In 2017, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) completed the Transit Options Amherst-Buffalo Alternatives Analysis (AA) that recommended a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for extending the existing light rail system along the Niagara Falls Boulevard alignment. This alignment is generally defined as an extension from the existing terminus at University Station underground along Bailey Avenue to a portal near Eggert Road. It would then travel at grade along Niagara Falls Boulevard turning onto Maple Road then to Sweet Home Road, onto UB North Campus to Audubon Parkway where it would terminate near the I-990.  

On January 9, 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $5 million in funding would be made available under the Buffalo Billion II Program to complete the environmental review for the light rail extension into Amherst. The NFTA Board approved this LPA on January 26, 2017 and authorized staff to initiate the environmental review process, including preliminary design as the next step toward implementation of the project.

“This feasibility study will give us some critical information on the most reasonable path for the light rail expansion,” said Amherst Chamber of Commerce President/CEO A.J. Baynes. “Providing improved access to the future redevelopment of Niagara Falls Boulevard and the University at Buffalo will only continue our growth and prosperity in the region.”

“Redefining and preparing our communities to meet demands of future residents requires investment in transit and connectivity,” said Town of Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa. “Enhanced transit is important to the future of the Town of Amherst, the Town of Tonawanda, and the future of Western New York. Enhanced transit will provide access to jobs and workforce mobility, link regional educational institutions, and support the transformation of Niagara Falls Boulevard.”

The scope of the work that will be done by WSP, Inc. includes:

  • Refinement of the Locally Preferred Alignment (LPA) including;
    • Re-evaluating the LPA alignment versus entering Niagara Falls Boulevard earlier
    • Re-evaluating median running versus side running or another alignment
    • Additional storage and maintenance facilities
  • Conduct Public Outreach and Agency Coordination (including local, state and federal agencies)
  • Develop NEPA scoping packet
  • Conduct NEPA and follow the required federal guidance to complete DEIS and FEIS
  • Conduct conceptual design of the LPA (description above)
  • Conduct a traffic impact study and refine STOPS modeling with the addition of special market trips
  • Develop operations plans for extending LRT

More information about Buffalo Billion Phase II and the Light Rail Extension can be found here.

About Empire State Development

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency ( The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit  and


Two Transit Police Officers and K-9s are going to Atlanta

January 21, 2019


BUFFALO, N.Y., While our beloved Bills are not Superbowl bound this year, Buffalo will be represented at this year’s big game. K-9 teams Christie Clifford and Harvey, and Mike Bogulski and Lyka were selected by Homeland Security to join the security detail at Super Bowl 53. It is a great honor and illustrates the level of experience and excellence of these law enforcement. We will be wishing our officers and their K-9s goodbye and safe travels this afternoon. All will be available to talk about this great experience they are about to have. 

WHO:   Officers Christie Clifford, Mike Bogulski, K-9’s Lyka and Harvey

WHEN: 1PM, Tuesday, January 22

WHERE: MTC, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo New York      



NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. Jan. 15, 2019 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announces service from Niagara Falls to Savannah, Georgia via Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) beginning June 7, 2019. To celebrate, the company is offering fares on the new route as low as $49* each way.

“We’re very excited to announce this brand-new service from Niagara Falls International Airport,” said Drew Wells, Allegiant vice president of planning and revenue. “We’re sure area travelers will appreciate the opportunity to get away to beautiful Savannah on these convenient, nonstop, ultra-low-cost flights.”

This new seasonal service will operate twice weekly. With the addition of this new route, Allegiant will now serve four cities from Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG). Flight days, times and the lowest fares can be found only at

“We are pleased that Allegiant Air will provide new service to this popular destination,” said Kimberley Minkel, the NFTA’s executive director. “This new service illustrates the ongoing commitment we have to our recreational and business travelers, as well as our continued growth and ability to attract economic development to Western New York. We are incredibly proud to provide award winning services for our many customers.”

Allegiant offers a unique option to Niagara Falls-area travelers with low base fares and savings on rental cars and hotels. Travelers can book their entire vacation with Allegiant for less.

*About the introductory fares:

Price displayed reflects purchase of a roundtrip itinerary and includes taxes, carrier charges & government fees. Seats and dates are limited and fares are not available on all flights. Flights must be purchased by Jan. 16, 2019 for travel by Aug. 13, 2019. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Optional baggage charges and additional restrictions may apply. For more details, optional services and baggage fees, please visit


Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers to world-class leisure destinations. The airline offers industry-low fares on an all-jet fleet while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms and rental cars. All can be purchased only through the company website, Beginning with one aircraft and one route in 1999, the company has grown to over 80 aircraft and more than 300 routes across the country with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic round-trip ticket. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit:

Allegiant Public Relations
Phone: 725-221-9937


BNIA Celebrates Serving Five Million Passengers in 2018


BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is thrilled to announce the five millionth traveler has passed through the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The airport is continuing to see growth, having handled more than 300,000 additional passengers in 2018 compared to last year.

Laura Tevens is officially the five millionth passenger to walk through the doors of the Buffalo Airport.  Laura and her husband Greg, from Getzville, along with their two daughters were greeted at the airport with prizes including a $500 airline travel gift card and BNIA travel swag. The Tevens family were flying out of Buffalo to Orlando International Airport on Southwest Airlines. The Tevens’ found out it really pays off to travel from the #1 airport!

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New Daily Buffalo to Dallas/ Fort Worth and Seasonal Buffalo to Miami Flights Take Off This Morning


BUFFALO, N.Y., - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is thrilled to announce two American Airlines non-stop flights took off this morning at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Passengers took advantage of the brand new, daily non-stop flight from Buffalo to Dallas/ Fort Worth and seasonal non-stop flight Buffalo to Miami this morning.  

William R. Vanecek, the NFTA’s Director of Aviation said, “We are pleased that American Airlines will provide two new options for travelers to these popular destinations. This illustrates the continuing air service growth at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.”

“We’re very excited to mark this occasion,” said Roy Wallace-Reeves, General Manager for American Airlines in Buffalo. “We know how important access to our large hubs is to customers and the opportunities these new flights will present.”


Western New York Students Kick Off Sounds of the Season With a Noteworthy Cause


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 11th year.  Talented local students will perform live holiday music from Friday, December 14 through Friday, December 21.  The holiday entertainment is always a popular tradition and helps bring joy to travelers in our busy downtown bus terminal and throughout our Metro bus and rail system.

This year, we will also be collecting cans of soup and new socks to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York and the Matt Urban Hope Center, respectively.  The public can donate items at the bus terminal during any of our lunchtime performances by the Buffalo Public Schools or at our Airport firehouse (120 Amherst Villa Rd).  All collected items will be provided to families in need within our local community.

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

Fri., Dec. 14                Akron Central High School    8:15-8:40 a.m. 
                                 (Mobile Santa Band)

                                  Buffalo Academy of Visual    10:15 a.m.
                                  and Performing Arts (BAVPA)

Mon., Dec. 17              Hutch Tech HS #304             11 a.m.

                                  Hutch Tech HS #304             12 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 18              Olmsted HS #156                 11 a.m.

                                  Discovery Elementary #67     12 p.m.

Weds., Dec. 19            Southside Elementary #93      11 a.m.
                                 Visit from Metro Santa

                                 Waterfront Elementary #95    12 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 20           BAVPA #156                          11:30 a.m.

Fri., Dec. 21               Olmsted #156                        12 p.m.


Each musical performance will feature 40-50 students who will entertain for approximately 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend.