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NFTA IS LOOKING TO HIRE

BUFFALO, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority/Metro is hosting an open house on Saturday, September 23. The event begins at 9am at the Cold Spring Garage at 1581 Michigan Avenue in the city of Buffalo.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer new wages of up to $26.58 an hour, coupled with our already extensive benefits package, make it a great time to work for the NFTA," said Director of Human Resources Karen Novo.

The Open House provides job seekers with a great opportunity. "We look forward to opening our doors and allowing candidates to get a real feel of what it's like working for the NFTA/Metro." Dave Rugg, Manager of Bus Maintenance.

Employment opportunities range from mechanics to electronic specialists working at one of our three bus garages, or in one of our specialty shops. Those who are interested will be given a tour of the facility, as well as the opportunity to take the NFTA's Skills Test. This test determines a person's mechanical aptitude and expertise. Candidates are encouraged to complete an application that is available at jobs.nfta.com.

New State of the art facility will increase safety at the growing airport

BUFFALO, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced the official opening of its new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. NFTA officials will be joined by Congressman Brian Higgins and New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to mark the occasion with the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

"Today marks another milestone in the emergence of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport as a major aviation hub and driver of economic growth in Western New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who took part in this morning's ribbon cutting. "This outstanding new facility aids first responders in their task of protecting passengers and the public, and it positions the airport for future expansion and success."

Congressman Brian Higgins said, "The airport is an active facility that serves a growing passenger base from Western New York, Southern Ontario and all who visit the region. This new aircraft rescue and firefighting facility provides first responders with state-of-the-art resources and training capabilities to best serve the needs of the airport today."

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said, "This is an exciting day for us, the opening of the new ARFF facility will improve safety for the flying public and support the ongoing growth and expansion at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. I want to extend my sincere thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Congressman Brian Higgins as well as our local elected officials and business and community partners for their continued and valuable support."

The new 24,000 square foot facility will better prepare the airport’s 40 fire fighters/emergency response personnel to deal with fire protection/prevention, hazardous material response and control, airport communications, employee safety training, and all emergency medical responses. The facility includes a new training area for emergency responders, additional vehicle storage bays to enhance maintenance and care of trucks, and is located closer to the terminal and runways to improve emergency response times, reduce ARFF vehicle runway crossings. The cost of the new facility is approximately 12 million dollars with most of the funding coming from a passenger facility charge, the NFTA, FAA entitlement funds, and a New York State FAA matching fund.

The new facility will provide added passenger safety and will replace a 45-year-old facility. In the past two years, the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting team responded to 1,082 emergency calls, 65 of those were aircraft emergences.

Where public transit goes, the community grows

BUFFALO, NY...

The Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) is encouraging community members to attend a workshop to refine station area plans for the transit-oriented development along the existing Metro Rail line in the City of Buffalo as well as the proposed Metro rail extension to the northtowns.

The workshop, which is the second of three, will be held on June 28, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Hayes Hall, Room 403, on the University at Buffalo South Campus and will address policies and procedures for improved community connections for existing and proposed Metro Rail stations.

Transit-oriented development is expected to generate $1.7 billion along the Metro rail corridor.

To get to Hayes Hall, take Metro Bus or Rail to University Station or park in one of the campus lots and enter through the front entrance and continue upstairs to the 4th floor.

ABOUT THE NFTA

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.

Authority works out deal with Uber

BUFFALO, NY...

The NFTA is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement with Uber to provide transportation ride services for patrons at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA) and the Niagara Falls International Airport (NFIA). Under the agreement, Uber will pay a flat fee to the NFTA of $180,000 for a one-year pilot program. This will allow Uber to both "Drop off" and "Pick up" at the airports within an established geo-fence boundary and will make logistics easy for both passengers and drivers. The agreement allows TNC drivers permitted by the State of New York to pick-up patrons at both airports without any additional licensing of drivers required. This initial agreement is a pilot program that will end on June 29, 2018.

"Thank you to the NFTA for coming to the table and reaching an agreement that best serves the people of Buffalo," says Sarfraz Maredia, General Manager for Uber NY. "We look forward to providing affordable, reliable transportation to Buffalo visitors and residents alike starting June 29th as they arrive into and depart from Buffalo's airports."

"The NFTA wants to do everything it can to provide our customers with additional ground transportation choices," says Kimberley Minkel, Executive Director of the NFTA. "We are proud that we were able to reach an agreement that serves our customers and is the best solution for our community."

Under the agreement, Uber will operate a geo-fence system that will help manage traffic and minimize air emissions for the almost 5 million customers who use NFTA-managed airports. The airport was recently ranked number 2 in overall customer satisfaction for all North American airports by J.D. Power, in part because it is easy to get in and out quickly.

ABOUT THE NFTA

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, NY...

The NFTA and Lyft are pleased to announce they have worked out a deal to provide ride sharing services for patrons at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BNIA) and the Niagara Falls International Airport (NFIA). Under the agreement, Lyft will be charged $3.00 for both "Drop off" and "Pick up" for each transaction initiated or concluded within the geo-fence boundaries.

"We are thrilled to be able to begin operations to BNIA and NFIA upon Lyft's launch in New York State," said. Kirk Safford, Senior Manager of Airports & Venues at Lyft. "Thanks to this agreement, Buffalo's visitors will be able to arrive at their destinations more easily than ever, while helping to support the Buffalo economy and improving safety on the road."

The agreement is for an initial "pilot program" and is limited to a one-year period starting on June 29, 2017.

"The NFTA wants to do everything it can to provide our customers with additional ground transportation choices," says Kimberley Minkel, Executive Director, NFTA. "We are proud that we were able to work out a solution that is the best for our community."

This fee will allow us to operate a geo-fence system that will prevent TNCs from unnecessarily circulating around the airport so we can minimize air emissions, heavy traffic, and congestion for the almost 5 million customers who use our airports from the U.S. and Canada. It's important to note this fee allows us to cover some of the costs associated with this new service and continue to offer a high level of service. The airport was recently ranked number 2 in overall customer satisfaction for all North American airports by J.D. Power, in part because it is easy to get in and out quickly.

The service will be available on July 29, the same time that Lyft rolls out statewide. It is part of a one-year pilot program which will be continuously monitored and evaluated.

ABOUT THE NFTA

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.

Popular "Red Line" Makes Its Seasonal Debut

NIAGARA FALLS, NY...

Mayor Paul A. Dyster and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced the seasonal debut launch of Metro's vintage trolley service to guests staying at participating Niagara Falls hotels and motels beginning Friday, May 19. Metro's Niagara Falls Trolley buses will serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

Niagara Falls Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley. In downtown Niagara Falls, trolley stops are located at The Aquarium of Niagara Falls, the Seneca Niagara Casino, and Tony Roma's Restaurant. 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 2017 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.

Mayor Dyster said, "Thanks to unprecedented investment not seen in the City of Niagara Falls in many years, the number of recreational and tourist-friendly activities throughout our city continues to increase. With record numbers of visitors coming to our community each year, transportation services such as the Niagara Falls Trolley are a vital component to supporting our business community and enhancing the visitor experience allowing to experience all we have to offer at no cost."

"The Trolley provides the public a unique and memorable travel experience," said Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director. "We are thrilled to be able to provide this service and help support our business community."

John Percy, President & CEO of Destination Niagara USA said, "We work incredibly hard to inspire visits to Niagara Falls and Niagara County to people all around the country and from around the world. An important part of that story is helping people plan for the logistics of their visit which includes transportation. The Free Metro Trolley service plays an extremely important role with assisting our visitors in more easily accessing all of the exciting attractions that we have to offer."

Frank Strangio, Niagara Falls Hotel Association President said, "The citywide free trolley service for hotel guests makes the great destination of Niagara Falls, USA much more tourist friendly allowing a better experience for our millions of visitors each year. I am honored to be part of the creation of this service as well as its continued growth. This 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."

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.

Service will operate:

  • May 19 - 21 (weekends)
  • May 26 - Oct. 8 (daily)
  • Oct.13 - 29 (weekends)

The service, which is designated as the "Red Line," will operate from 9 a.m. until midnight and on all holidays. All Metro route maps, service updates and schedules can be found online at nfta.com/metro, #NFTrolley, including trolley maps and schedules.

ABOUT THE NFTA

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.

Authority recognized as national leader

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that it surpassed its disadvantaged business partnership goals for 2016, earning the nation's top ranking from the Federal Transit Administration.

"Contracting with women and minority owned business has always been a priority for the Authority," Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director said. "In supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo vision, we've worked hard to grow these relationships and it's paying off for everyone in the community, because a diverse local economy is a strong local economy."

For 2016, the NFTA aimed at awarding 17 percent of its contracts to disadvantaged businesses, stretching beyond the national average of 16 percent. It reached 17.14 percent, exceeding 100 percent of the goal. The NFTA was the only top 50 transit system in the United States to reach its goal.

Transportation authorities around the country set annual goals for contracting with businesses owned by minorities or women. The strategy is to foster the development of organizations that may have been disadvantaged in the past. The FTA tracks these targets and reports on them yearly. The most recent report can be found at the FTA's site, www.transit.dot.gov, under Top 50 Goal Attainment.

ABOUT THE NFTA

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.

Honor Announced Today at Opening of Symposium in Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the Buffalo Niagara International Airport has received a remarkable 10th Balchen/Post award for excellence at the 51st Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium.

The Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives recognized the BNIA's snow removal team today for outstanding performance this past winter with a Balchen/Post Award. The Buffalo Airport's crew kept runways operational day and night, despite snow, ice and bitter cold. The airport was last honored in 2015, and this is the 10th time it has been honored in the 41-year history of the award. Buffalo won in the medium-size airport classification.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, said, "The men and women in our airfield crews respond at any hour, in the worst of weather conditions. They do their jobs so well most people never know they did their jobs at all, which makes this recognition very special."

Nominations for the Balchen/Post awards come from a variety of aviation professions, including airline executives, pilots, and ground transportation operators. The nominations are sorted by an independent selection committee. Categories are set by airport size, as determined by the number of flights in and out of the airport per year. The committee then bestows awards based a crew's ability to keep the airport runways free of ice and snow, snow removal plans, the size of area to be cleared, equipment readiness, personnel training and overall safety awareness.

Buffalo, NY...

The Allen Medical Campus Metro Rail Station will be closing nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Sunday, April 2 through Thursday, April 13, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today.

The closing is necessitated so that work can be completed on the installation of glass partitions between the handrails and the steps inside the station that is part of an overall $4.4 million restoration project at the rail station.

Rail customers are encouraged to take an 8 Main Metro bus or to use the Summer Best Station during this period.

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announce that Metro Bus is currently looking for qualified applicants seeking steady employment, good starting pay, guaranteed increases, a comprehensive benefit package and a clean, safe work environment.

Interested individuals may download an application at nfta.com or stop in during a special Open House, Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Metro's Cold Spring Bus Maintenance Office, 2nd floor at 1581 Michigan Avenue.

Comprehensive Skills Tests will be administered promptly at noon for interested applicants.

Airport Sets Record for Third Consecutive Year 241,374 Passengers Use NFIA in 2016

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that for the third consecutive year the Niagara Falls International Airport has set an enplanement record for outbound passengers for a one-year period.

For just the third time in its 89-year history, the outbound passenger count surpassed 100,000 enplanements in one calendar year. 2016 saw the number rise to 122,652, from 118,154, an increase of 3.8 percent over 2015, which was a record year. In total, 241,374 (outbound & inbound) passengers utilized the NFIA during 2016.

Kimberley A. Minkel NFTA Executive Director said, "We continue to be pleased with the year-over-year growth at the Niagara Falls International Airport. To have record passenger totals for a third year in a row, especially in the face of a depressed Canadian dollar, speaks to the continued potential of the airport going forward."

In spite of the devalued Canadian dollar, the airport continues to be popular with Canadians, who accounted for approximately 78 percent of the passenger count in 2016.

The airport is served by Spirit and Allegiant airlines carrying passengers to warm weather destinations via seasonal flights. In 2016, Allegiant carried 68,341 outbound passengers to Orlando/Sanford, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg and Punta Gorda/Fort Myers, while Spirit carried 54,311 passengers to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Myrtle Beach.

Flight and airline information can be found online at nigarafallsairport.com.

Metro Officials to Speak with Lackawanna Residents

NEWS RELEASE

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro officials will conduct a “public conversation” regarding bus service in the City of Lackawanna Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Willie Cotton Center, 52 Gates Ave, Lackawanna, NY.   

The purpose of the meeting is to have a general community conversation about on-going transit initiatives and the transportation needs with local residents.

The meeting is accessible by using Route 36.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro officials will conduct a "public conversation" regarding bus service in the city of Lackawanna Thursday, Jan. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Willie Cotton Center, 52 Gates Ave, Lackawanna, NY.

The purpose of the meeting is to have a general community conversation about on-going transit initiatives and the transportation needs with local residents.

The meeting is accessible by using Route 36.

Additional Bus Service to be Added

NEWS RELEASE

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will extend service Saturday, Dec. 31, to accommodate passengers attending the Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop at Roosevelt Square, activities at Canalside and the First Night Buffalo celebration and additional Metro bus service will be added to six routes.

Train service will run continuously, making stops at all stations during the extended service period at 20 minute intervals.  One exception to the schedule will be the 11:50 p.m. trip on New Year’s Eve from University Station will be moved up to 11:40 p.m., to transport people downtown in advance of the ball drop.  

The last outbound train is scheduled to leave Erie Canal Harbor Station at 2 a.m., New Year's Day following the events, with the last inbound train leaving University Station at 2:30 a.m.

Additional one trip Metro bus service will operate from the starting point of the route, leaving at 12:40 a.m. for the #4 Broadway (Carolina & Busti), #5 Niagara-Kenmore (MTC), #12 Utica (Utica Rail Station - Outbound), #14 Abbott (Mohawk & Washington), #20 Elmwood (MTC) and #24 Genesee (Amtrak Station.) 

Due to safety concerns resulting for congestion around Roosevelt Square, inbound train service will be suspended after the 11:40 p.m. departure until 12:35 a.m.  Outbound service will be suspended from 11:20 p.m. until 12:20 a.m.       

All Metro bus and rail schedules are available at metro.nfta.com.

Additional Bus Service to be Added

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro Rail will extend service Saturday, Dec. 31, to accommodate passengers attending the Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop at Roosevelt Square, activities at Canalside and the First Night Buffalo celebration and additional Metro bus service will be added to six routes.

Train service will run continuously, making stops at all stations during the extended service period at 20 minute intervals. One exception to the schedule will be the 11:50 p.m. trip on New Year's Eve from University Station will be moved up to 11:40 p.m., to transport people downtown in advance of the ball drop.

The last outbound train is scheduled to leave Erie Canal Harbor Station at 2 a.m., New Year's Day following the events, with the last inbound train leaving University Station at 2:30 a.m.

Additional one trip Metro bus service will operate from the starting point of the route, leaving at 12:40 a.m. for the #4 Broadway (Carolina & Busti), #5 Niagara-Kenmore (MTC), #12 Utica (Utica Rail Station - Outbound), #14 Abbott (Mohawk & Washington), #20 Elmwood (MTC) and #24 Genesee (Amtrak Station.)

Due to safety concerns resulting for congestion around Roosevelt Square, inbound train service will be suspended after the 11:40 p.m. departure until 12:35 a.m. Outbound service will be suspended from 11:20 p.m. until 12:20 a.m.

All Metro bus and rail schedules are available at nfta.com/metro.

NEWS RELEASE

Buffalo, NY. . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the sounds of holiday music will be returning to the downtown bus terminal (181 Ellicott St.) for the ninth consecutive year from Dec. 7- 22, compliments of musical ensembles from 14 local schools.


            Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, “It is really wonderful to have students from our area schools performing festive music and bringing cheer to individuals traveling through our bus terminal over the holidays.”

 

            The following schools will be participating as indicated:

                  Lorraine Elementary                                             12/7, 11 a.m.

                  Hutchinson Central Technical High School               12/8, 11 a.m.

                  Fredrick Law Olmsted                                           12/9, 11 a.m.

                  Buff. Academy of Visual and Performing Arts           12/14, 10 a.m.

                  Mt. Mercy Academy Magic Belles                            12/14, 11 a.m.

                  South Park High School                                         12/15, 11 a.m.

                  Akron High School Marching Santa Band                 12/16, 8:30 a.m. (15 min.)

                  Southside Elementary                                           12/16, 11 a.m.

                  Middle Early College High School                            12/16, 11:30 a.m.

                  Visit from Metro Santa                                           12/16, TBD

                  McKinley Vocational High School                             12/16, 12 p.m.

                  Dr. Lydia T. White School of Excellence                    12/16, 12:30 p.m.

                  Dr. Lydia T. White School of Excellence                    12/20, 11 a.m.

                  Harriet Ross Tubman                                             12/20, 12 p.m.

                  Cardinal O’Hara High School                                  12/22, TBD

 Each performance will feature between 15 and 60 students, who will entertain for 30 to 45 minutes.  Performances may be subject to change.  All are welcome to attend.

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport is now equipped with two Videophone units to serve hearing impaired and speech-disabled travelers. One unit is located on the arrival level (lower level) at the east end and the other is located on the departure level (upper level) post security, in the observation area just past the security checkpoint. The service, which employs televisions and high-speed Internet connections, is free and will be available at all times.

A videophone is a device that hearing impaired or speech-disabled people can use to communicate visually with another hearing impaired person or with a hearing person via an interpreter-assisted Video Relay Service. The benefits to having a Videophone in place are that hearing impaired persons have equal access to phone services, without having to depend on someone for assistance.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "The Videophones replace older TTY/Relay phone units with new, modern technology that enhances the communication experience and creates an improved level of independence for our hearing impaired customers."

The project was a joint effort between the airport; the NFTA's Advisory Committee on the Disabled and the Buffalo Civic Association of the Deaf.

Improvements Being Made to Entrance and Exit Lanes

NEWS RELEASE

Buffalo, NY . . . The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that a construction project to replace the pavement at the west entrance and exit lanes to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport is scheduled to commence Monday, Oct. 17. 

As a result, the west entrance/exit to the airport opposite the entrance to the Kensington Expressway (Route 33), will be closed nightly starting Monday, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct. 21, and again Monday, Oct. 24 to Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. 

Also, single lane closures on Genesee Street and at the entrance or exit lanes will occur intermittently during the day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  The construction schedule is subject to change depending on weather conditions. 

The work includes full depth asphalt pavement replacement, as well as milling a portion of the pavement and replacement with an asphalt overlay to restore the airport’s west entrance and exit lanes. Reconstruction of the sidewalk and handicap access ramps on either side of the entrance/exit is also included, as well as replacement of the traffic control detection loops in the pavement. 

Variable message boards will be in place to alert people to use the east entrance during closure. 

 

Buffalo, NY...

Metro Bus is looking for individuals seeking steady employment, along with a competitive wage and extensive benefits announced the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Metro is experiencing a large number of retirements, creating immediate openings for bus operators.

"If individuals are looking for a job that provides stability and longevity, with comprehensive benefits, which includes paid training, then we have a position for them right now," said, Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director.

OPEN HOUSE

Metro representatives will be present Tuesday, August 30, at Metro's Frontier Station, 1000 Military Rd. Kenmore, NY from 4 to 7 p.m. to inform applicants about the comprehensive benefits package and job requirements.

Operator Requirements: Individuals must be 19 yrs. of age, possess a high school diploma or G.E.D., have a clean driver's license and a minimum of a CDL B license or permit with passenger and airbrake endorsements. Full employment details can be found online at nfta.com. Metro provides paid CDL training along with paying associated CDL fees.

 

Buffalo, NY...

The hearings will focus on modifications to the current fare structure that will let Metro take advantage of new technology and modernize the fare system.

 

  • Wednesday, Aug. 31 Niagara Falls City Hall in Council Chambers 745 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY
  • 5 p.m. One-on-one discussions
  • 6 p.m. Presentation & comment session
  • Thursday, Sept. 1 Buffalo & Erie County Library Auditorium
  • 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY
  • 5 p.m. One-on-one discussions
  • 6 p.m. Presentation & comment session

Metro will also consider comments or emails received no later than Sept. 9, 2016 will also be considered. Mail to NFTA, 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, Attn: Service Planning Department or email to planning@nfta.com.

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that beginning Monday, Aug. 22 and until the morning of Saturday Aug. 26, Mero Rail's Allen Medical Campus Station will close from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The station will be open during the day. Closings are related to the construction of a new rail station and the University of Buffalo's on-going medical campus project on the same site.

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro Bus and Rail has been cited as the ninth most effective public transit system among mid-cities in the U.S. for transportation viability according to a recently released study.

The study done by Walk Score, a Redfin company, created the Transit Score to rate locations and cities by the effectiveness their public transportation provides their community. Redfin, an online real estate agency that buys and sells homes nationwide; released rankings for cities with populations between 100,000 and 300,000 to rate the "usefulness of their public transportation options."

Metro received a Transit Score of 50.4, which designates Buffalo as having 'good transit,' with many nearby public transportation options. Cambridge, MA was ranked first with a score of 72.3. The complete listing can be found here.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director commented, "This study validates the dedication that each and every Metro employee puts forth every day on behalf of their customers. To be ranked ninth among all mid-size cities within the U.S. is very gratifying. We will not rest on our laurels and will continue working to improve our current position going forward."

"Although most Buffalonians don't see themselves as living in a community that's known for its public transportation, this ranking recognizes some important progress that's been made toward making it easier and more convenient to live in and get around Buffalo," said Lesley Lannan, Redfin a real estate agent in Buffalo. "With the year-round popularity of Canalside along the waterfront, always-popular sporting and music events at the Arena and the growing number of restaurants and entertainment venues downtown, more folks from the northern suburbs and other parts of the city are relying on the convenience of Metro Rail and avoiding traffic congestion and parking hassles."

On average, Metro Bus provides service for 1.8 million people each month, while Metro Rail provides rides for 370,000 people each month. In 2015, Metro Bus and Rail provided service for 26.5 million customers.

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that US Customs and Border Protection will be holding a NEXUS Pass Sign Up event at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport this August. Participants must be pre-registered online before July 24.

The NEXUS program allows travelers to proceed with little or no delay into Canada, and back to the US, through dedicated lanes. It makes border crossing much quicker and easier. NEXUS includes Global Entry, which is located at most major airports, TSA Pre-Check, and expedited processing for boaters. NEXUS members may cross the border on the Whirlpool Bridge in Niagara Falls, which is now NEXUS exclusive. NEXUS application fees are $50 for adults, children under the age of 18 are free. Once received, the cards are valid for five years at which time participants must renew their membership.

The Buffalo Airport NEXUS event will be held Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit buffaloairport.com.

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation authority announced today that Metro Rail will be using only one track beginning Monday, July 11, and through the rest of the summer. Both inbound and outbound service will run on the inbound (west-side) track between Allen Medical Campus and Humbolt Hospital Stations. All passengers traveling between these stations will need to board from the inbound platforms.

Metro apologizes for any inconvenience. Repairs made during this period are for the continued safety and efficiency of the rail system. Thank you for your continued patience.

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro's Allen Medical Rail Station will close temporarily Tuesday, July 5, for one day only.

Construction of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will take place over the existing rail station rendering the station inoperable.

During this time, Metro will provide free shuttle service to and from the Summer Best Station, maintaining customer access to Allen Medical Campus Station. Shuttle times will coincide with the daily rail schedule. Passengers need to exit trains at Summer Best Station to utilize the shuttle service. Metro trains will be running with four cars at 15-minute intervals.

A map of the shuttle route and additional Metro information can be found at metro.nfta.com.

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that it will be hosting Community Thursdays at Utica Station, June 23 through August 25. These public outreach events will occur at Metro's Utica Station every Thursday beginning at 8:00 a.m.

These events will offer customers the opportunity to meet and greet representatives from various local organizations. At the kick-off event on June 23, tables will be set up by the Witness Project, Parent Network of WNY, Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Jericho Road Community Health Center, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, Rite Aid, Housing Opportunities Made Equal and True Bethel.

NFTA personnel will be on hand with employment information and Metro staff, will offer customers spins at the Metro prize wheel, with chances to win Tim Hortons coffee cards, Buffalo Zoo passes, Metro Monthly Passes, merchandise and more.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "Community is the heart of any transit system. Thursdays at Utica gives us another meaningful way to serve this neighborhood."

Future Thursday events may include some local entertainment as well as a farmer's market. To find out more go to NFTA.com

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced today that Metro Bus and Rail will hold its annual Customer Appreciation Night at Coca-Cola field, June 30, before the Buffalo Bisons take on the Scranton/WB Railriders at 7:05 p.m.

NFTA and Metro personnel will be on hand at the main entrance plaza an hour before the game to meet customers and game-goers, with give-a-ways (while supplies last.) Metro will have a trolley bus on hand, and a Metro Link vehicle. A Transit Authority Police K-9 Officer will also be on-site with one of the department's amazing service dogs.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "This event is about showing our appreciation to the many dedicated Metro customers. We work hard to provide a safe, convenient and economical service every day, but some days it is nice to go even further."

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).

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.

Buffalo, NY...

The 11th Annual Dump the Pump Day is Thursday, June 16. This year Metro Bus and Rail is joining the national event by turning its headlights on key locations in the region. Metro is offering free parking and free rides from:

  • LaSalle Station Park & Ride, 7 - 8:30 a.m.
  • Athol Springs Park & Ride, 6 - 8 a.m.
  • Appletree Park & Ride, 7 - 8 a.m.
  • Niagara Falls Transportation Center, 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.

Metro also has some other surprises instore for people who come out and see just how easy taking the bus or rail can be.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "Metro bus and rail is a vital component of our community and this is a great opportunity to show it off. The locations we have selected offer commuters the chance to see they do not need a car every day. They can help the environment, save money and still get everywhere they need to go."

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, Dump the Pump Day is a call to action to encourage people to ride public transportation, thus reducing the consumption of gasoline and reducing their carbon footprint. For more information on Metro Bus and rail, visit nfta.com

Buffalo, NY...

Please be advised that the June 23rd meeting of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Board of Commissioners has been cancelled. The board will reconvene Thursday, July 28, 2016, the date of their next regularly scheduled meeting.

Buffalo, NY...

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Metro will once again provide complementary trolley service to guests staying at participating Niagara Falls motels and hotels beginning Friday, May 13. Metro's Niagara Falls Trolley (formerly Route 55T) buses will serve Niagara Falls Boulevard, Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls International Airport and downtown Niagara Falls, USA.

Service will operate May 13 - 22 and Oct. 7-30, Friday through Sunday, and May 27, Oct. 2 every day. The service, which is designated as the "Red Route," will operate from 9 a.m. until midnight and on all holidays.

Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA Executive Director said, "We are once again delighted to be collaborating with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and the Niagara Falls Hotel Association to offer FREE, convenient, energy-efficient Metro transportation to visitors within Niagara Falls. Further, we are excited about the new connectivity of services between the Discover Niagara Shuttle and the Niagara Falls Scenic Trolley this year. Through this united effort we will be better able to enhance the overall experience for people visiting the great City of Niagara Falls."

Patrons receive their FREE 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.

Individuals without a trolley day pass may ride the service 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 under ride free, limit three children per fare paying adult.

Red Niagara Falls Trolley stop signs along the route indicate where riders can board a Metro trolley. In downtown Niagara Falls, trolley stops are located at The Aquarium of Niagara Falls, the Seneca Niagara Casino, and the Niagara Falls Visitors Center. 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. All Metro route maps, service updates and schedules can be found online at nfta.com/metro, including trolley maps and schedules.