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!

Passenger Milestone at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.jpeg

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.  


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.