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BUFFALO, N.Y. - NFTA/Metro Bus and Rail will host a Public kick-off for its Metro Rail Expansion project, Thursday, December 6, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Sweet Home Middle School, 4150 Maple Rd., Amherst NY. 

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “For more than 30 years, our community has considered increasing the reach of Metro Rail. With new growth in the region, this may be the perfect time to expand our most efficient, environmentally friendly form of mass transportation. This meeting provides a great opportunity for our team to share the latest information on the project, and for our community to offer valuable feedback.” 

NFTA and Metro staff welcome the community to the first public look at Metro’s newest plans. This kick-off marks the beginning of the Environmental Impact Statement process. It will assess visual effects, noise, financial, economic and other factors that go into development, construction, and the resulting rail line. Project renderings will be on display, with design and routing ideas. It’s a great opportunity for the public to interreact directly with Metro staff, planers, and consultants.


WHAT:          The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) and Niagara Frontier

                     Transportation Authority (NFTA) will unveil two Trusted Travel program computer
                     application kiosks for airport passengers

WHEN:          Tuesday, December 4, 2018,  10:00 a.m.

WHERE:        Buffalo Niagara International Airport

                    4200 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14225

WHO:           PBA representatives,  NFTA representatives

                    Area elected officials


PARKING: Daily/Hourly Garage; parking will be validated.

Enter the airport, proceed to the second floor, then walk to the end of the main

departure ticketing area. The press conference will be hosted on the west (left) side of the passenger ticketing area, near the Vacation Express desk

For more information please contact:

Kelsey Hanks,, (401) 714-5981

Buffalo is #1

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BUFFALO, N.Y., - It’s not the Lombardi trophy or Stanley cup, but the Buffalo airport will have the honor of being home to the prestigious J.D. Power award after ranking number one in customer satisfaction among all medium hub airports in North America. Today, NFTA and elected leaders along with civic and business partners came together to celebrate this great day.

“New York is making record investments in airports across the state because airports are the new front doors to our communities, “Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “Buffalo Niagara International Airport’s status as a top-flight airport will help boost tourism and economic development in the region and burnish its reputation as a must-visit destination.”

“This honor is the outcome of our total focus on the customer experience under the exceptional leadership of NFTA’s board of commissioners, led by Chairwoman Denise Roche,” Said Kimberley Minkel, executive director at the NFTA. “We share this accolade with our tenants, including TSA and Delaware North, in providing the best travel experience possible at the Buffalo Airport. We are also grateful for the continual support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and our many government, business and civic leaders. We are fortunate to have this extraordinary backing.”

Buffalo Niagara International Airport received the highest score among medium airports in the J.D. Power 2018 North America Airport Satisfaction Study of customers’ satisfaction with their airport experience. Visit

The study is based on responses from 40,183 North America travelers who traveled through at least one domestic airport and covers both departure and arrival experiences (including connecting airports) during the past three months. Travelers evaluated either a departing or arriving airport from their round-trip experience. The study was fielded from September 2017 through September 2018.

El Museo Unveils Unique Art Project for All


BUFFALO, N.Y., - El Museo, the professionally directed visual arts organization dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work by underserved artists, and cultural programming that engages diverse communities through the arts and humanities is excited to share a public installation of artworks by four local artists, Obsidian Bellis, Bleu-Ruby Daniels-Taylor, Tyshaun Tyson, and Imani Williamson. On Friday, November 9th, the artwork was unveiled with the artists in attendance, all of whom have been influenced by their experiences growing up and taking the Metro in Buffalo. “Your Utica Station” aims to inspire transit riders and beautify this unique public space. More on the artists and their work are below.

Tyshaun Tyson is an independent artist from Buffalo who works across traditional and urban art. He also goes by the name “The Left-Handed Bandit,” a childhood nickname, and he uses his left hand to transform a wide variety of canvases and textures into works of art using drawing, airbrushing, painting, photography, and more. He received a BA in Art from Buffalo State College in 2013, and founded his business, The Left-Handed Bandit Artistic Services in 2015.

Imani Williamson is an artist based in Buffalo. She uses vibrant colors in traditional and digital media to explore techniques and apply them to the human form. She is inspired by spirituality and human thought, themes which manifest in her work in the form of halos, third eyes, and other spiritual elements. She is currently studying illustration at Daemen College.

Obsidian Bellis is a black femme illustrator and craftsperson who was born and raised in Buffalo. She uses traditional mediums and found objects to create visuals that evoke the mysticism, light, and darkness of navigating society as black and women. Common themes and inspiration in their work are fantasy, nature, celestial bodies, subculture, and body modification.

Bleu-Ruby Daniels-Taylor, also known as user-212521, also known as ugLy k1d, is nineteen. She currently attends Sarah Lawrence College where she is studying art and writing. She prides herself on being a writer and is currently working on an experimental novel. Along with writing, she also is a sound artist. In her spare time, she enjoys creating digital portraits, welding, web design, making short films, and taking self-portraits.

The project was made possible in part by a grant from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and support from the NFTA and Lamar Advertising. The artwork will be on display until December 30, 2018.


                                           MEDIA ADVISORY                  September 28, 2018


What:   The NFTA and Roswell Park will cut the ribbon for our specially branded Pink Police Patrol Car and announce our Metro’s October Pink monthly passes all in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The teams have come together in a collaborative effort to help remind riders and the entire community about the importance of annual mammography for early detection and prevention of breast cancer.

Who:   Leaders from Roswell Park and the NFTA

Why:  One out of every nine American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, which is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. 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.                                                         

When:  Monday, October 1, 10:30 a.m.   

Where: NFTA headquarters, 1st floor terminal, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo

Contact: Natasha Allard



** Parking will be available the NFTA’s bus loop located between N. Division and S. Division Streets.  Please park in spots # 71-79 only. ** 

No Airport is better at satisfying customers than Buffalo’s according to the National Customer Ranking Company


BUFFALO, N.Y., JD Power has ranked the Buffalo Airport number one in customer satisfaction among all medium hub airports in North America and number 2 overall among all airports throughout North America (just one point away from #1).

The 2018 North America Airport Satisfaction Study measures overall traveler satisfaction with mega, large, and medium North America airports by looking into six factors that include, terminal facilities; airport accessibility; security check; baggage claim; check-in/baggage check; and food, beverage and retail.

“This honor is the outcome of our diligent focus on the customer experience under the exceptional leadership of NFTA’s board of commissioners, led by Chairwoman Denise Roche,” Said Kimberley Minkel, executive director at the NFTA. “We share this accolade with our tenants, including TSA and Delaware North, in providing the best travel experience possible at the Buffalo Airport. We are also grateful for the continual support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and our many government, business and civic leaders. We are fortunate to have this extraordinary backing.”


The study is based on responses from 40,183 North America travelers who traveled through at least one domestic airport and covers both departure and arrival experiences (including connecting airports) during the past three months. Travelers evaluated either a departing or arriving airport from their round-trip experience. The study was fielded from September 2017 through September 2018.

Federal Funds to Support Improvements to Runway Apron and Approaches


Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced $1,828,253 in federal funding for improvements to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. 

“Big changes are coming to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and these federal funds will contribute to a number of projects aimed at improving efficiencies and the passenger experience,” said Congressman Higgins. 

“We are grateful for the tremendous support we received from Congressman Higgins,” said Kimberley Minkel, NFTA, Executive Director. ”This funding will help improve the safety of the airport and provide for the airport’s continued growth as we continue to attract economic development to Western New York. It will also allow us to continue to provide award winning personal and business travel services for our many customers. “

The funding comes in two separate federal grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The NFTA will receive $856,388 for a project to expand the airport’s Remain Overnight Apron (RON) apron, enhancing the airport’s capacity to meet RON demand.   An additional grant of $971,865 will allow for land acquisition and structure demolition of property which currently lies within the airport’s Runway 14 End Protection Zone (RPZ).

In addition to these improvements, Buffalo Niagara International Airport is planning more than $70 million in upgrades to the terminal which are scheduled to be underway over the next couple years. 

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport serves close to 5 million passengers annually. 


Rail will Operate at 6am to Help Future Stars Make it to Hollywood


Buffalo, N.Y. -- It's official, "American Idol" is coming to Buffalo this weekend, and NFTA Metro is adding rail service on Sunday for the expected thousands of people looking to be America’s next star.

“This is a very exciting time for us here in Western New York,” said Helen Tederous, Spokesperson at the NFTA. “This is the first-time that auditions will be held in Buffalo, and we want to be sure transportation is available.”

Auditions for "Idol's" next season kicked off earlier this summer in New Orleans. Buffalo is the only location in New York hosting auditions this time around.

The added rail service is a great opportunity for people to experience the ease and efficiency of our system and help them get that ticket to Hollywood.

News Advisory

Transit Police are investigating a body that was discovered at approximately 1:45 this afternoon on the Metro Rail outbound between Summer and Utica stations. Due to the incident the metro rail outbound has been temporarily closed and shuttle buses are providing service. We will update you on the latest information as it becomes available.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is ready to begin a $72 million expansion of Buffalo Niagara International Airport that will redefine how passengers are greeted and fast track how luggage is retrieved.

Both passenger greeting areas and luggage claim areas are central to the first major renovation to the airport’s terminal in several years.

Bids are due to the authority staff on July 31 and recommendations to the authority’s board of commissioners are expected to be made by October, at the latest, said William Vanecek, NFTA director of aviation.

The bulk of the construction work will be done next year and in 2020. Some preliminary work may start this winter.

New Buffalo to Miami non-stop service starting in December


BUFFALO, N.Y., - The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is excited to announce that American Airlines will add a daily non-stop Buffalo to Miami run as a winter program starting December 19, 2018 through the end of March 2019. This service will be on an Airbus 319, departing Buffalo at 0605 am and arriving Miami at 0930 am.  The return flight will depart Miami at 0815 pm arriving Buffalo at 11:15 pm. Bookings for the added route started on July, 14th.

William R. Vanecek, the NFTA’s Director of Aviation said, “We are thrilled American Airlines will provide another option for travelers to this popular destination. This illustrates the continuing air service growth at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.”

The 319 aircraft features 8 seats in First Class, 24 seats in the Main Cabin with more legroom and reserved bin space, and 96 seats in the main cabin, in addition to more entertainment options and power outlets in every seat.

“The introduction of service from Buffalo to American’s Miami hub is a huge win for our customers in the greater Niagara area,” said Aquino Bonelli, American’s general manager for Buffalo. “We are now able to connect people to hundreds of destinations worldwide; including unprecedented access to our gateway to Latin American and the Caribbean.”


About American Airlines Group

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at

First of its Kind Event


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that the Niagara Falls International Airport will play host to a premier 5K race Sunday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. using its main runway.

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 host this first of its kind event to take place on the aviation side of our airport. Using the main runway as the race course will give participants a unique perspective as they will have an opportunity to be on a course they have never run before. "

Calspan officials say the company is thrilled to be the title sponsor of the inaugural Calspan

Runway 5K, which provides participants a unique opportunity to run a 5K on the Niagara Falls

International Airport runway. Supporting this event represents Calspan's long standing commitment to giving back to the community and our rich history in aviation research and development.

Friends of Family Support Association, 914th Tactical Airlift Wing and the Niagara Aerospace Museum have been designated to receive a portion of the net proceeds from the race. The mission of the FFSA is to support military families in coordination with the Family Support Center located on the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base. The Niagara Aerospace Museum located in the former NFIA terminal displays a varied collection of aviation artifacts, in addition to providing extensive educational programming, focusing on the area's role in our nation's extensive aerospace history.

Registration for the race is now open. Participants can sign up online at or at 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 car pool. The NFIA is located at 2035 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY.

Community Appreciation Night offers discounts, giveaways, and entertainment


NFTA/Metro Bus and Rail will hold its annual Community Appreciation Night at Coca-Cola Field, June 26, before the Buffalo Bisons take on the Pawtucket Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. 

NFTA and Metro staff will be on hand at the main entrance plaza an hour before the game to meet game-goers, with give-a-ways (while supplies last).  A full size 40-foot bus will be on-site, which operates on compressed natural gas.   The “green” CNG vehicles are more environmentally friendly helping to decrease fuel costs and greatly reducing overall emission levels. The latest Paratransit vehicle, which is one of the first front wheel drive low-floor vans provides more user-friendly service for riders with special needs.  A Transit Authority Police   K-9 Officer will also be on-site with one of the department’s amazing service dogs. The TAPD will also display its fully-functional and very popular “retro” Dodge Diplomat police car, which is an exact replica of the original vehicle used in 1984 when the department originated.   

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “This annual event presents a great opportunity to thank our many riders for their loyalty as well as talk with potential customers about an additional transportation option for the emerging multi-modal riding community.” 

Tickets to the baseball game are available at a discounted rate of $2 per ticket to anyone who presents valid Metro fare at the box office (limit four tickets per person).  Also, anyone having a ticket for the game can ride Metro bus or rail for free all day #doubleplay.  This program is part of an overall customer appreciation initiative to thank customers for being loyal riders of the Metro system and to help make others aware of Metro services.

Citizens for Regional Transit are encouraging Western New Yorkers to take public transportation


BUFFALO, N.Y., - On Thursday, June 21, Citizens for Regional Transit (CRT), the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Go Buffalo, and GObike are helping to promote the 13th annual National Dump the Pump Day. With public transit ridership expanding both nationally and locally, this event is a great way to get even more people thinking about, trying out, and ultimately committing to environmentally-friendly transit options.

While reduced carbon emissions and gasoline consumption are among the main benefits of alternative transit options, there are also significant economic advantages. Per the American Public Transportation Association, every $1 invested in public transit generates approximately $4 in economic returns, with every $10 million in operating investment yielding $32 million in increased business sales.

Public transit also provides financial benefits on the individual level. In Western New York, a two-person household can save close to $1,000 per year by downsizing to one car. And for those without a personal vehicle, public transportation provides necessary access to work, school, the grocery store, and other vital locations so they can fully participate in the community.

The Citizens for Regional Transit have been actively working to promote Dump the Pump day and the use of alternative modes of transportation.

“This is when we minimize car-based travel to: highlight approaches for, and the importance of, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) generation; and begin breaking our fossil fuel intensive travel habits,” said Doug Funke, President of the Citizens for Regional Transit.   Doug and their board members have pledged to minimize car-based travel by taking transit on DTP day and throughout DTP week of June 18 through 22. 

To spread information about public transit as well as options such as biking, walking, and carpooling, CRT will join several other local organizations in hosting Dump the Pump Day information tables on June 21. The day-of event details are as follows:

  • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is at Allen/Medical Campus Station, 8 - 10 a.m., with coffee and street musicians
  • Go Buffalo Niagara is at Downtown Country Market, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Anyone with a ticket for the June 21 Buffalo Bisons game will be able to ride Metro bus and rail for free.

For more information please contact: Doug Funke (President, Citizens for Regional Transit) at 716-691-8528, Helen Tederous, NFTA 716-349-0001, or Lisa Piecki, NFTA 716-855-7672.

Citizens for R­egional Transit (the Citizens' Regional Transit Corporation) is committed to creating a broad base of support for the improvement and expansion of bus and rail transit for all citizens of the Niagara Frontier.

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 ADA paratransit system, two commercial airports, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls International Airport. 

Vacation Express offers brand-new, non-stop flights from Buffalo to Jamaica winter 2019


ATLANTA, Ga. – June 20, 2018– Vacation Express announces the launch of a new, seven-night program with non-stop flights from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to Montego Bay, Jamaica starting January 2019. Vacation Express will offer these exclusive, non-stop flights on Sunwing Airlines every Friday from January 25, 2019 through April 19, 2019.

Traveler’s will have a new option from Buffalo this winter to avoid the cold, snowy days by warming up in Jamaica for eight days and seven nights on flights with morning departures and afternoon returns. In addition to the new non-stops to Jamaica, Vacation Express will also offer non-stop flights to Punta Cana and Cancun once again in 2019.

Flights to Jamaica will be operated by Sunwing Airlines on state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 series aircraft seating 189 passengers. Start the vacation off in luxury with Fly Better Service that includes in-flight entertainment, pretzels and non-alcoholic beverages for no extra charge. Upgrade to Elite Plus for an additional $45 each way and enjoy extra legroom, priority check-in and boarding and a free checked bag up to 66 lbs. 

While travelers may purchase airfare only for non-stop, roundtrip flights most travelers are booking vacation packages with air and staying at all-inclusive resorts. Packages can be booked online at, by calling 1-800-309-4717 or through a local travel agent.

About Vacation Express:

Based in Atlanta, Vacation Express, part of Sunwing Travel Group, is a tour operator specializing in quality, affordable vacation packages to over 30 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica. Now in business for over 25 years, Vacation Express is one of the country’s largest and most trusted tour operators. Travelers looking for the most affordable, all-inclusive vacations may book Vacation Express’ exclusive, non-stop packages through their travel agent, directly by phone seven days a week at 1-800-309-4717 or online at Exclusive charter flights are operated by Sunwing Airlines, Allegiant Air, Swift Air, LLC., VivaAerobus, Miami Air International and Volaris.  See Operator/Participant Agreement for details.


Markham, Ontario, Canada (May XX, 2018) – Bridgedale Outdoor Ltd, a global market leader in the manufacture of performance socks, has donated 3,000 socks to the Niagara Frontier Transit Police Department.   The socks will be distributed via the Matt Urban Hope Center, a non-profit organization that provides housing and programs to those in need in Western New York.  The Center also has a hub location in the NFTA bus terminal in downtown Buffalo.

“This donation is going to make a tremendous difference in the Western New York Community,” said Officer Dave Zarbo of the NFTA Transit Police.  “We are so thankful to Bridgedale for stepping up to help make a difference for the men, women and children in our area who are struggling to stay warm and dry in our challenging climate.”

The Matt Urban Hope Center is an organization that regularly partners with the NFTA.  

“The Matt Urban Hope Center is eternally thankful to both the NFTA and Bridgedale for coordinating this massive donation. We look forward to making sure we spread this gift out to all our partners in Western New York who are working tirelessly to end homelessness, one pair of socks at a time.,” said Dan Auflick, Matt Urban Hope Center’s Director.

Officer Zarbo interacts with the homeless community in Buffalo on a daily basis and can see how they are struggling with wet socks and shoes. In 2017 he took it upon himself to do something that would enhance their lives by starting a sock and glove drive. The 2017 drive which included various community partners was a great success, but the need for donated socks never ends so he is continuing the program with partners such as Bridgedale. The 3,000 Bridgedale socks will be distributed to people experiencing homelessness in Buffalo throughout the spring and summer season.

“Our North American warehouse is located in the Buffalo area so it just makes sense for us to contribute to the community in a way that is meaningful,” said Anna Nikolaus, marketing manager at Bridgedale. “When we heard about Officer Zarbo’s drive, we wanted to be a part of this community effort to help those in need and to help fuel this program.”

About Bridgedale:

Bridgedale, is a global market leader in the manufacture of technical socks for walking, hiking, mountaineering, running, and skiing. Using the latest hosiery machinery, the most progressive designs and the most advanced yarn technology, Bridgedale combines natural fibres with technical fibres ensuring their socks are comfortable, durable and perform in a variety of climates and conditions. Bridgedale socks are currently sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.


McGuire Development Co., a Buffalo based, full-scale commercial real estate firm, is pleased to announce that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (“NFTA”) has retained the organization as a real estate advisor, via a competitive RFP process, to provide real estate consulting and advisory services in connection with development of the NFTA-Metro Rail Corridor properties.  Within this retention, McGuire is excited to release a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) on behalf of the NFTA. The NFTA is seeking qualified and interested commercial real estate developers for all of the NFTA-Metro Rail Corridor properties located in the City of Buffalo, New York including LaSalle Station, Amherst Station, Humboldt-Hospital Station, Delavan College Station, Utica Station, Summer-Best Station, and the soon-to-be developed DL&W Station.

The uprising Transit Oriented Development (“TOD”) trend, focused on creating compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities, centered around high-quality train systems, has ignited the drive to develop these stations. This is a generational opportunity for interested developers to identify a site(s) of focus to create a true destination. This RFQ introduces an opportunity for developers to capitalize on the growing synergy between the overall vision for NFTA-Metro and the rapid growth and renaissance of the City of Buffalo.

The NFTA has had great success with the joint development of a new Allen-Medical Campus Station. This initiative signifies one of the biggest changes to metro rail in its history. In partnership with the University at Buffalo, the above-ground portion of the Allen-Medical Campus Station was demolished and fully incorporated into a new $375 million University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (UB SMBS) building at 955 Main Street, Buffalo, NY.  The station and UB SMBS building are directly connected to adjacent hospitals and medical research facilities on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. This expedited project has served as a catalyst for increased ridership, access, and revenue for NFTA-Metro and the community. The RFQ seeks to capitalize on that success, with the NFTA-Metro seeking qualified development teams to partner with on projects similar to this $375 million collaborative and community driven development project.

The RFQ will be released publicly through the New York State Contract Reporter, and the Construction Exchange, and widely on multiple media outlets. Please reference for any inquiries related to this RFQ. A Request for Proposals (RFP) for development at NFTA-Metro rail properties is expected to be released for each of the particular stations within (6) six months. 

About McGuire Development Company

McGuire Development Company is a full-scale commercial real estate firm, specializing in real estate services, development, property management, owner representation, and brokerage. For more information, visit or call (716) 829-1900.  



Who:     Airfield professionals from all over the world will show off their snow plow operating skills on a                       specially designed obstacle course for the honor of being named World’s Best Snow Plow Driver
             in the World!


What:     This event is part of annual Snow Symposium held here in Buffalo this week. Snow plow drivers                       compete and show off their smooth moves as they battle to be the best of the best. 

When:    Rodeo starts at 9:30 am, Wednesday, April 18, 2:15 pm – 2:30 finish **We will provide                                   picture/video of winner, if you are unable to attend the “final round”. **

Where:   The Economy Parking lot off Holtz Road, (Adjacent to new fire house.)

               Buffalo Niagara International Airport.






Who:   Frontier Airlines, NFTA Leadership, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Senator Chris Jacobs

Assembly member Ray Walter, Assembly member Monica Wallace, Assembly member Robin Schimminger.

What:  The Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA) will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony and water cannon display to celebrate inaugural flights this week by Frontier Airlines from BNIA to Austin, Denver, and Raleigh-Durham.

When:  9:00am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Where: Buffalo Niagara International Airport




The Airport Fire department will have a news conference to provide the media with the latest information regarding the Fuel Truck accident at the airport this morning.


When/Where:      Friday, March 17, 2018, 9:00am
                             Airport Fire Department
                             120 Amherst Villa Road-Cheektowaga


NFTA and Prior Aviation to host unique Fly-in at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport


NFTA and Prior Aviation to Host Unique Fly-in at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport for
Maryvale NAF Academy of Hospitality and Tourism

What:   The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and Prior Aviation will host a unique Fly-in Career Fair for Maryvale NAF Academy of Hospitality and Tourism students. The career fair will provide students with a truly “hands-on” opportunity inside an actual hangar. The students will be able to speak with those in the tourism and hospitality industry about internships and jobs, as well as offering an exceptional forum for career guidance and discussions.          

Who:   Leaders from the NFTA, Prior Aviation, Delaware North, JetBlue Airways, TSA and Enterprise Car Rental.

Why:  Maryvale is one of two area high schools that offers a three-year pathway NAF academy for students to achieve mastery in the Hospitality and Tourism field, this program is affiliated with local colleges, business and other resources.  The academy has partnered with the NFTA and Prior Aviation so that their students can receive a first-hand look at what opportunities may be available to help them better prepare for a future career within the industry.                                                    

When/Where:            Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Noon – 3 p.m.
                                    Prior Aviation Hangar # 2 – Airport Drive
                                    Buffalo Niagara International Airport
                                    4200 Genesee Street, Buffalo

New Flights to Austin and Raleigh-Durham from $29


Buffalo N.Y. – Today Frontier Airlines announced two more low-fare non-stop destinations for Buffalo Niagara International Airport. In April, the airline will begin the only nonstop service to the great state of Texas with nonstop flights to Austin and the only nonstop flights to Raleigh-Durham, N.C.  The low fare carrier now offers a total of seven nonstop destinations. All flights are available for purchase now at with introductory fares as low as $29* each way.

This announcement comes just two months after the carrier began service in the Buffalo community with nonstop flights to Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. The carrier will soon begin flights to Denver.

“Even though we have only recently begun service, the Buffalo community has already embraced our unique brand of Low Fares, Done Right,” said Bob Westgate, director network scheduling for Frontier. "We are committed to making flying affordable for everyone and are excited to launch the only nonstop flights to the great state of Texas via Austin and to Raleigh-Durham. We look forward to providing more customers in the Buffalo-Niagara region with some of the lowest fares in the industry and a great travel experience.”

Frontier flies one the youngest fleet in the industry consisting of Airbus A320 Family jet aircraft. With nearly 200 more new aircraft on order, Frontier will continue to grow and modernize its fleet to deliver on the mission to provide affordable travel across America. By 2026, the company will be in a position to deliver Low Fares Done Right to more than 50 million passengers a year. Frontier’s young fleet also ensures that the company will continue to keep fares low and that customers will enjoy a pleasant and reliable experience flying with the airline.

Frontier is focused on offering customers real choice and the ability to customize their travel to their needs and budget. For example, customers can purchase travel options like bags and seat selectons either a la carte or in one low-priced bundle called the WORKSsm. The Works bundle is considered one of the best values in the industry and offers customers full refundability, a carry-on bag, a checked bag, the best available seat (including exit rows and Stretch seating), waived change fees and priority boarding for as low as $59 each way.

*About Intro Fare Offer:

Fares must be purchased by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Feb. 12, 2018 for nonstop travel on select days.  Travel is valid Apr. 8 through Jun. 13, 2018, for markets with a service start date pior to May. 15, 2018. Travel is valid May. 16, through Aug. 11, 2018 for markets with a service start date after May. 16, 2018.

Fares are one way and do not require roundtrip purchase.

Fare(s) shown includes all transportation fees, surcharges and taxes, and are subject to change without notice.  Seats are limited at these fares and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable. 

Depending on the fare type purchased, nonrefundable tickets may be transferred for a fee of up to $75, or reissued for alternate flights for a fee of up to $99, as well as a possible fare increase. The name change fee and itinerary change fee are not exclusive of each other. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for these special fare tickets. Flight segment(s) must be cancelled prior to scheduled departure time or the ticket(s) and all monies will be forfeited.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Join Frontier Airlines and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport for an exciting air service announcement.


WHAT:                   Press Conference to Announce Exciting New Destinations From BUF.


WHEN:                   Thursday FEB. 8,  11:00 a.m.


WHERE:                 Buffalo Niagara International Airport 


DETAILS:                Frontier Airlines spokesperson and airport officials will be on-hand to make announcement and will
                              be available for media interviews afterwards


Sock and Glove Drive to provide critical items


Socks and gloves are often the most needed and requested items at homeless shelters in Western New York, yet they are among the least often donated. Those from the Matt Urban Hope Center, the NFTA, the Buffalo Zoo, and BNMC are working together to change that, and are announcing the first annual Sock and Glove drive for the Homeless.  Starting on Wednesday, January 31st until February 14th, these essential items will be collected both for adults and children for local citizens in need.

All items donated will be distributed by the Matt Urban Hope Center. Collection boxes will be located at the MTC at 181 Ellicott Street, the Buffalo Zoo, the Matt Urban Center, BNMC, 1404 Main TPD Headquarters and the Buffalo Airport Rescue and Recovery Facility.

“We can’t stress how important these types of events are to the Homeless,” said Marlies Wesolowski, Executive Director of the Matt Urban Center. “I wish to thank the NFTA, and the Buffalo Zoo for this wonderful support, it will truly make a major difference in our community.”

“The NFTA is pleased to build on our partnership and support the vision of the Matt Urban Hope Center,” said Kimberley Minkel, Executive Director at the NFTA. “This project is a great example of what can be accomplished when community partners pool their resources and work together toward a common goal."

Each year, it’s estimated that between 2.5 million and 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing and public places not meant for human habitation, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

Drop off locations:

  • The Matt Urban Center-385 Paderewski Drive
  • Transit Police, 1404 Main Street or MTC,181 Ellicott street  
  • Buffalo Zoo-Main Gate Entrance                         
  • BNMC-Innovation Center 640 Ellicott Street
  • Transit Police Headquarters 1404 Main street
  • Buffalo Airport Air Rescue Firefighting Facility (Firehouse)- 120 Amherst Villa Road (Cheektowaga)




What:  The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Matt Urban Hope Center, Buffalo Zoo, and BNMC are announcing a
            special socks and glove collection for those in need. Socks are the number one item needed for those experiencing                        homelessness and can provide critical items that can be life-saving.

Who:   Leaders from Matt Urban Hope Center, NFTA, Buffalo Zoo, BNMC

Why:  Most of us take new socks and gloves for granted, but we know these items bring great comfort to and make a
          dramatic difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Each year, it’s estimated that between 2.5 million
          and 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing and public places not meant for human habitation,                        according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. Additionally, a reported 7.4 million people have lost
          their homes and are living with family or friends due to economic necessity. And 1 million people who are experiencing                  homelessness have full-time jobs.


When:  Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 10:00 a.m.

Where: NFTA headquarters, exterior lot at downtown bus terminal (off Ellicott Street)

            181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo


OneJet brings back flights between Buffalo and Albany via its highly anticipated OneJet Plus service

News Release

Buffalo, New York (January 9, 2018) — OneJet, the air transportation network that provides consumers increased access to nonstop travel in small and medium markets, announced that customers can start purchasing tickets for flights between Buffalo and Albany today.

Fares are starting at $129 each way, with flights beginning on Feb. 13. OneJet will offer twice-daily round-trip flights between the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Albany International Airport.

  • BUF to ALB: departing 7:00 a.m. ET; arriving 7:55 a.m. ET
  • ALB to BUF: departing 8:20 a.m. ET; arriving 9:20 a.m. ET
  • BUF to ALB: departing 4:50 p.m. ET; arriving 5:45 p.m. ET
  • ALB to BUF: departing 6:10 p.m. ET; arriving 7:10 p.m. ET


With the launch of the Buffalo/Albany route, OneJet will introduce its new OneJet Plus service, offering expanded service onboard the larger ERJ135 aircraft. This service will provide travelers with enhanced amenities, including expanded legroom at each seat; complimentary 4G high-speed Wi-Fi; streaming entertainment gate to gate; and complimentary beer, wine and snacks en route. Travelers will also receive the same check-in conveniences that standard OneJet flights provide, including TSA PreCheck access for eligible travelers and valet planeside baggage service.

The OneJet Plus–branded ERJ135 aircraft will offer a comfortable 30-seat cabin for the one-hour gate-to-gate service, with convenient morning and afternoon flights Monday through Friday.

OneJet opened its first base in Pittsburgh in May 2016 with two daily flights. The company now offers over 220 weekly flights to and from its operating bases in Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, with weekday flights to Albany, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Columbus, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Nashville, Omaha, Palm Beach, Providence and Richmond. OneJet provides exclusive nonstop service to and from these markets, offering fast and convenient links for business travelers.

For additional information, visit For customer inquiries or travel assistance, call 1-844-ONEJET1 (1-844-663-5381).

About OneJet

OneJet is an air transportation network that provides consumers increased access to nonstop travel in small to midsize markets, at relatively low cost. Services operate from the main commercial terminals and airports in markets served and feature TSA PreCheck access, expedited boarding and complimentary onboard amenities, including high-speed internet access. All flights are operated by regionally based operating partners featuring ARGUS Platinum safety-rated and TSA-certified operations. The company incorporates former senior leadership from the major U.S. airlines, the U.S. Department of Transportation, leading U.S. aircraft manufacturers and the TSA.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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