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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

NFTA Holds Rail Expansion Scoping Meeting

The NFTA held a public meeting at Sweet Home Middle School on February 13 as part of the scoping process for the Metro Rail Expansion Project, which aims to provide a fast, safe and convenient transit system to the rail expansion corridor.   

Asking for public feedback is an important part of this process, and it was great to see the outpouring of attendees at the meeting.  

If you were not able to attend, you can still provide comments using the project website, by email at, or by mail at 181 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203.  All comments, received by March 10, will be summarized in the project scoping document which will be posted on the website in the near future.  We appreciate your input! 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Stay Safe on Ice - Walk Like a Penguin!

Metro's James Morrell supports Mike & Kara
in Walk Like a Penguin initiative! 
During the aftermath of Buffalo's recent snow storm that delivered heavy snow and biting temperatures dipping as low as -20 degrees, Kara Jeziorski of the NFTA's safety division, with the help of Mike Moore (aka friendly penguin mascot), were in the lobby of NFTA headquarters reminding employees to navigate the icy roads and slippery conditions by "walking like a penguin." 

You may ask how exactly does one walk like a penguin?  Well, it's easy - point your feet out and bend forward slightly with your arms loosely extended and move SLOWLY.  All of these elements help support your center of gravity and keep your body steady when walking along ice-covered and slushy areas.  However, it doesn't stop there, remember to wear boots or shoes with traction and take special care when entering and exiting vehicles.  

And, most importantly if you do not need to go out in blizzard-like conditions, stay inside where it's warm and comfortable until conditions improve! 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Mobile ticketing is coming to Metro in April

Beginning in April 2019, Metro customers will be able to pay their fares quickly and easily using a smart phone application called Token Transit

Through the phone app, our customers will be able to purchase single rides, round trip rail passes, and day passes using their credit or debit cards. Prior to boarding, customers will activate their ticket, and then simply show the mobile ticket to the bus driver or ticket inspector.  

All traditional payment options will still be available, but this is an exciting new way to make taking Metro bus and rail easier for existing customers and to encourage more people to try transit.  

Please stay tuned for more details to come.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

TAPD Officers and K9 teams are Superbowl Bound!

Superbowl LIII is only a few weeks away, and the city of Atlanta is gearing up.  Like prior cities hosting the big event, it has teamed up with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to help keep everyone safe.   

In this massive safety effort, a variety of law enforcement teams across the country have been carefully chosen to join the Superbowl security detail.  Officer Mike Bogulski and K9 Lyka, and Officer Christie Clifford and K9 Harvey, from the Niagara Frontier Transit Police were among the lucky teams to be selected.  

In talking with Officers Boguski and Clifford, you can feel the excitement in the air.  "This is a huge national event and to be a part of it at the ground level is so amazing.  Both Lyka and Harvey are trained explosive detection dogs.  Our primary responsibilities will be to 'sniff' out potential threats, conduct vehicle searches and provide overall security checks," said Officer Bogulski.  "Although I'd love to watch the New England Patriots lose, we will essentially be working 24-7 and our focus will be on keeping the city and everyone within it - safe." 

Congratulations to this dynamic foursome for being selected for this great honor; it illustrates the level of experience and excellence of this law enforcement team.  Now, go Rams! 


Friday, January 11, 2019

Three is Key for Metro Operator Shirley Garwol

Shirley Garwol is the newest representative of the NFTA-HSEQ's Pit Crew Campaign where she features the importance of 3-points of contact for Metro passenger safety.  Simply put, "3-points" means always having one foot and two hands (or one hand and two feet) in contact while riding Metro vehicles. This campaign also highlights the importance of accessing handrails when using stairs, taking it slow, wearing slip resistant footwear when possible, and looking ahead for slippery surfaces.

Shirley is a dedicated operator of 26 years with an excellent safety record at Metro's Cold Spring station.  Prior to becoming an operator, Shirley held temporary roles as receptionist at the downtown bus terminal and toll booth clerk at the boat harbor, previously owned by the NFTA, bringing her time of service technically to 29 years.

Shirley says she loves working for Metro and enjoys serving the local riding community.  Each day offers opportunities to see riders she knows, meet new people and help them all get where they need to go.

Way to go Shirley, thanks for showing us how to stay safe while riding Metro bus and rail.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

NFTA Metro donates bus to Alfred State College

John Dembik, center, with students 
The NFTA has recently donated a Metro bus to Alfred State College to help students take their heavy equipment: truck and diesel technician program to the next level of learning.  
The bus is a 30-foot-long 2004 Gillig model that includes a diesel-powered engine with Tier 4 emissions, and multiplex communication between the vehicle and computer systems. The bus is also equipped with a Voith Automatic Transmission, which is considered the “Cadillac” of bus transmissions, according to Automotive Trades Department Chair Eric Wilmot.
NFTA's John Dembik, who is a member of Alfred State’s heavy equipment: truck and diesel program’s advisory board, had been looking to make the donation happen for the past three years, and is very pleased to see it come to fruition.

“Providing an operable hands-on training aid to Alfred State College’s heavy equipment truck and diesel technician program allows the students to get familiar with a transit bus and the operation/diagnostics of their subsystems.  The donation, will provide years of education to Alfred State’s students, and help remove some apprehension about working on a bus, whether it be a 30-foot, 40-foot, or 60-foot articulated transit bus," said John Dembik.
With the support of the NFTA and having a (physical) bus as part of their program, students at Alfred State will have the ability to further enhance their applied learning experiences and ultimately have more robust job opportunities early on in their careers. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

TAPD Officers graduate from Erie County Police Academy

We are happy to announce that there are four new NFTA Transit Police Officers. All of whom graduated from the Erie County Law Enforcement Academy on December 21 after undergoing an intense five-month training program.   

The new officers are pictured from the left as follows:  Kyle Allen, former Virginia State Trooper; Lauren Gawlak, daughter of TAPD Officer Robert Gawlak; Ken Bigham, former NYS Corrections officer and brother of TAPD Officer Dina Bigham; and Collin Griffiths, former investigator with Chesterfield, Virginia, Police.

The Erie County police training curriculum complies with New York State requirements as mandated by the Municipal Police Training Council and goes above and beyond basic training.  The program emphasizes ethics, excellence, professionalism and current best practices in the law enforcement field which supports the overall mission of training officers to help enhance public safety in our community.

These new officers have started their 10-week Field Training Officer Program (FTO) with a senior officer of the TAPD.  After completing FTO, they will then be assigned to a division for regular patrol.

Congratulations to all!