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Friday, September 19, 2014

NFTA Metro Participates in UB Sustainability Living Fair

On Tuesday, September 16, the University of Buffalo held its sixth annual Sustainability Living Fair in the Student Union at North Campus. There were approximately 30 vendors on site to promote and discuss services that help improve the environmental impact within Western New York.
Staff from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority participated in the fair and provided information on NFTA’s sustainability and “going green” efforts including the use of green shelters, eco-friendly Metro vehicles, and electric charging stations at both the Buffalo and Niagara Falls Airports. Materials were also available on Metro's Transit Options and Metro Perk programs.

There was an estimated attendance of 350 people at the event, and it was exciting to see many individuals specifically interested in alternative transportation methods to further help reduce our region's carbon footprint.

(Pictured from left: Mary Padasak, Health and Safety; Lisa Piecki and Breanne Flynn, Communications and Marketing).



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NFTA Transit Police Befriends Children from Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Thursday, August 14, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police Officers, Adam Brodsky, Thomas Dewey and Shaun McDonnell, accompanied three young boys, who had been on a special event wait list with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Erie County, to a Buffalo Bisons baseball game.

During the game, the boys had a chance to learn more about the sport from their escorts, as well as share common interests and have some laughs with the officers. Big Brothers, Big Sisters is an organization that supports 1-to-1 mentoring relationships to assist children challenged by issues such as divorce, bullying, educational and career matters, as well as just general day-to-day youth concerns.

Alicia Bartsch from Big Brothers, Big Sisters said that she is extremely grateful to the NFTA Transit Police for their support and said, “The children had an incredible time at the game and our staff was impressed with how amazingly well the officers interacted with the kids. It’s funny, but a simple outing like this can have such a positive impact on young and impressionable minds. We would like to give a special thanks to Lt. Jim Halliday and Officer Mike Davies for their help in coordinating this event and their planned participation in future mentoring activities with our organization.”

For more information about programs and volunteer opportunities with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, go to

Friday, August 29, 2014

Captain Major to the Rescue

Saturday, August 16 at 9:30 a.m. the phone rang in the firehouse at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. An elderly woman had fallen in one of the restrooms in the terminal and required assistance. Responding firefighters found a woman on the floor in a very weak condition. It turns out the woman was a cancer patient who had just been released from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute the day before so she could attend a family reunion in Charleston South Carolina.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Day of Caring is a Way of Sharing

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Once again, as in years past, volunteers from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority stepped up to help their neighbors by participating in the annual United Way Day of Caring August 20.

Our team of hardy workers rolled up their sleeves, put on their work gloves and pulled together to help Habitat for Humanity of Buffalo - a non-profit agency, refurbish a home on Rhode Island Street on Buffalo’s westside.

Throughout the day they performed various jobs including painting, installing drywall, prep work for an outside deck, in addition to mixing and pouring cement.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sunwing is going to take flight from Buffalo

Lawrence R. Ellicott, Group VP Business & Corporate Affairs,
Sunwing Travel Group
An announcement at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport today made many people who like to get away from Mother Nature’s cold wintery weather very happy. Travelers will now be able escape to the beach this winter with the introduction of two new services from Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations.

Flights from the BNIA to Cancun International Airport will begin January 17, 2015 and operate through May 9, 2015, while flights to Punta Cana International Airport will be available between February 14 and May 9. The new routes represent the first nonstop scheduled international destinations to be offered from the BNIA since the early 2000s.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Vicky-Marie J. Brunette to be honored by Business First

Vicky-Marie J. Brunette has been nominated by Business First as one of Western New York’s Outstanding Women of Influence in the “Behind the Scenes” category for her professional contributions in her role as Deputy General Counsel at the NFTA. Vicky will be honored along with 26 other amazing women at the Eighth Annual Awards luncheon ceremony September 16 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.

Although this award comes to Vicky due to her extraordinary work ethic and positive impact as an attorney for the NFTA, it’s almost somewhat ironic since Vicky’s pre-lawyer days included being behind the scenes as a writer for a nationally syndicated television show on PBS.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Makeover at 1404 Main Street

On Tuesday July 22, NFTA Chief of Police George Gast presented certificates of appreciation to maintenance employees John Ritzenthaler, Michael Mingo, Jerzy Galazka, Rafael Marquez, Ernie Desimone and Michael Buxton (not pictured) for their collective assistance in completing the recent “facelift” to the transit police headquarters located at 1404 Main Street.