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Thursday, August 9, 2018

NFTA employees go beyond "the call of duty"

Crystal Edwards, Cust. Servc. Mgr, Tony Cason,
Chief George Gast and Officer David Zarbo

On August 1, the NFTA's TAPD Chief of Police George Gast presented certificates of appreciation to Tremain (Tony) Cason of the NFTA's Customer Service Department and Bobby Morland from the Facilities Maintenance Division. Both gentlemen were recognized for their assistance with the NFTA's Transit Police Officers while on duty at our downtown bus terminal.

Chris Brophy, Facilities Mgr, Bobby Morland,
Chief George Gast and Officer David Zarbo



Tony has often helped officers working at the MTC by providing Metro system information for those travelers who have been distraught or alone in travel, and Bobby, while working within the bus terminal, has on critical occasions come to the aid of our officers who were dealing with combative issues or physical struggles.

"We appreciate the quick and proactive assistance both of these gentlemen have provided to Officer David Zarbo and other TAPD officers while working at the MTC.  Their behind-the-scenes efforts are truly commendable,"  said Chief George Gast.

Nice job gentlemen - congratulations!    

Tim Meyers recognized in the NFTA Pit Crew Campaign

The newest edition of the NFTA's Pit Crew Campaign highlights Safe Lifting and features Airfield Supervisor, Tim Meyers, who has worked at the NFTA for 39 years.  
 
The new "Lift Safely" poster brings attention to the proper way to lift heavy items.  A couple of tips include the following: 1) stand close to the object, 2) squat down by bending knees while keeping stomach tight, 3) pull load close, 4) as you rise,
lift with your legs, 5) avoid turning body, and 6) most importantly -
always ask for help when needed.

     
Tim was chosen for this campaign due to his commitment to safe work practices for both himself and within his team.   He currently works as the NFIA's Airfield Supervisor where he oversees 13 employees.  Prior to this role, he has held various positions at the NFTA, starting as a custodian at the Buffalo Airport. 
 
Tim is a father of four children and also serves as Town Councilman for the Town of Cheektowaga.  Please join in congratulating him on being selected to represent the NFTA in this authority-wide safety initiative. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Festival-goers get a 'Taste' of Metro

NFTA Metro Bus and outreach display in Niagara Square.






NFTA-Metro participated in the Taste of Buffalo on July 7- 8, with staff on hand to talk with festival-goers about the benefits of using public transit.  At its site, Metro had one of its full size 40-foot buses, which operates on compressed natural gas. Festival attendees had the opportunity to enter their names for a chance to win a free Metro Monthly Pass for August; six winners were chosen out of over 700 entries. Token giveaways were also available for those boarding the bus and learning about Metro’s services.


Ultimately, the goal was to expand awareness of Metro’s services within the community and help develop choice ridership.  Visitors had a blast taking photos with the Metro “selfie frame” and the amazing, full-scale, interactive system map, laid out in front of the bus, featuring all of the restaurants in attendance and how Metro can help get you to them.  Those boarding the Metro Bus listened to ‘Metro Radio,’ a customized music loop featuring attention-grabbing informational messages about Metro services.


The Taste of Buffalo, presented by Tops, is considered one of the largest food festivals in the nation and hosts an estimated 450,000 attendees annual. Its overall mission is in strong alignment with that of our own - in supporting our local community with great places to go and a safe and convenient way to get there.

The outreach was well-received and we are already looking forward to next year’s festivities!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Metro Community Night at the Ballpark

NFTA-Metro held its annual Community Night on the plaza at Coca-Cola Field on June 26, before the Buffalo Bisons took the 3-1 win against the Pawtucket Red Sox.


TAPD Officer Dave Capretto and King
and NFTA Executive Director  Kim Minkel
NFTA Metro staff were on hand at the main entrance an hour before the game greeting game-goers with give-a-ways. As part of this outreach event, Metro had one of its full size 40-foot buses on site which operates on compressed natural gas. The “green” CNG vehicles are more environment-friendly helping to decrease fuel costs and greatly reducing overall emission levels. In addition, Metro showcased its latest Paratransit vehicle which is one of its first front wheel drive low-floor vans providing more user-friendly service for the disabled community.

Transit Authority Police K-9 Officers were on-site with two of the department’s amazing service dogs, including Officer Dave Capretto and his K9, King. The TAPD also displayed its fully-functional “retro” Dodge Diplomat police car which is an exact replica of the original vehicle used in 1985.

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

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.

See you all again next year!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bill Major Celebrates One Year as the Chief of ARFF

Chief Bill Major is celebrating his one-year anniversary as the head of the Airport Rescue Fire Fighting team. Chief Major has been a part of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority since 2008, when he began his service as an Airport Rescue firefighter and member of the 3rd Platoon under the direction of Captain Hal Hathaway. Since then, the chief has climbed the rankings, holding positions as Lieutenant and Assistant Chief, which prepared him for his current role.

Chief Major is an integral part of the NFTA and has done an amazing job in assisting with overall safety and adjunct operations at the Buffalo and Niagara Falls airports.  He has also played a significant part in the development of ARFF's new state-of-the-art firehouse.  However, in addition to overseeing all the firehouse's operations and managing his firefighting team, he also goes above and beyond to support his community on an every day basis.  This is a characteristic he hopes he has passed down to his assistant chiefs and firefighters.  As a matter of fact one of his favorite things about his job his team “go the extra mile” and taking genuine interest in the well-being of those that they serve.

However, the Chief himself, a humble man, should also be celebrated for his countless "miles" of heroic service.  Among his many honorable moments stands a time in which the chief was called into help a man suffering cardiac arrest at the Buffalo Airport.  In addition to helping save his life, he continued to follow the man and his family through recovery proceeding the attack.  This kind of selflessness is what has made the chief such a well-respected role-model within the NFTA and to those that know him in the community.
Photo taken by Chief Bill Major.

Outside of the firehouse, the Chief enjoys spending time with his four daughters and three grandkids. He loves travelling and visiting local parks and scenic areas where he can also feed his passion for photography.

“I’ve seen a lot of things and have been exposed to a lot.  That's part of the reason why  I love photography - to kind of reset. But, I truly have a passion for my profession and helping people… being a firefighter is the greatest job in the world, and I wouldn't trade it for anything,” said Chief Major.

Congratulations Chief on your anniversary - thanks for doing what you do! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

NFTA HSEQ tips save Jeff Lesanti and his family from disaster

The NFTA HSEQ team regularly provides safety tips to employees and although they contain important information, it is always their hope that no one will need to worry about dangerous circumstances.

However, Jeff Lesanti, found the information provided in May on "Grilling Safety" came in extremely handy during a recent situation at his home.  Jeff has owned his grill for about three years and in getting ready for summer barbecuing he checked the tank hose and related equipment prior to use.   When he did, he could smell gas, heard a hissing noise and subsequently found a leak in the tank.  Upon realizing there was a serious problem, he referred to the grilling safety tips and proceeded with caution to address the situation.  Since he is handy, he was able to properly replace the gas line himself. 

The grill is located underneath a patio off of his house, and if the grill would have caught fire it could have spread throughout his entire house and quickly. He has two children under the age of four, and he was extremely grateful to catch this leak before anything serious could have occurred. Jeff generally uses his grill two to three times per week to cook for his family and friends, so by checking things out prior to seasonal use, he saved himself and his family a whole lot of trouble.

Now, Jeff is ready to get back to safely grilling his burgers, hot dogs and his specialty - shish kebabs!

Friday, June 15, 2018

On the Run


Another great finish for the NFTA at the 38th annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge. The NFTA, GBNRTC, and NITTEC fielded a team of 31 athletes, posting some very respectable times.

14,145 runners and walkers (a record number), from 391 companies, took part in the race. The course leads from Delaware Park to Gates Circle and back. Part of the proceeds go to the Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy.
Special thanks go to Michael Moore, pictured above, who once again captained our team and organized our part in the event, along with assistance from Tom Kingston, Max Thayer, and the Transit Police Department. A fun time was had under beautiful blue skies in Delaware Park, and once again Jeffrey Sweet showed off his grilling skills.

Corey Hacker in the PR Dept. was behind the design for the this year's shirt and banner inspired by the event being held on Flag Day.