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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Helping Hands

Special thanks to Lemar Robinson, for helping us kick off our authority-wide HSEQ Safety Pit Crew Campaign. Lemar is a Mechanic B at the Cold Spring Shops, Safety Committee member, and Commercial Driver’s License Trainer for the Shops. Lamar has an outstanding safety record and his job in the upholstery shop means that's critical.

The first focus of the Pit Crew campaign is hand safety, the importance of following safe procedures, and making sure that you guard the valuable assets at the ends of your arms – your hands and ten fingers. Over the past few months, we have had employees involved in serious hand injuries – we want to make sure this does not happen again.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cindy Cirbus joins NFTA Engineering

Welcome Cindy Cirbus who is NFTA' new Engineering/Property Administrative Assistant.

Cindy has a bachelor's degree in Economic/Finance from Buffalo State College. Prior to coming to NFTA she worked in finance at People, Inc. and before that she was with M&T investments.

Cindy and her husband Don live in Lackawanna and have two children, Ashley and Megan.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, especially Harry Potter novels.  She also enjoys hockey and is a big Star Wars Fan.

Please help in welcoming Cindy to the 7th floor at the MTC.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Metro Operator Gerard Scott shows his love for NY

Metro operator Gerard Scott participated in a video shoot for an I Love NY video to air during the New York State Fair beginning August 23.  The promotional video was designed to highlight the talented "behind the scenes" individuals that help support tourism within New York State.

During the filming, Gerard had the opportunity to show off his skills as a driver as well as his new Metro uniform and his pearly whites!  Some of NFTA's staff including Jason Abounader, Mike Hernandez, Gary Bennett, Nick Kurtz and Caitlin Behm were also along for the ride and may be included in future I Love NY promotions. 

When you have some time - check out the video here.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

NFTA conducts trackbed training for individuals with disabilites

Visually impaired child walking within the
track bed during training
NFTA hosted a trackbed training for a group of 15 visually impaired children on August 23, 2017.  

The two hour training which was conducted by staff members from the HSEQ division addressed various Metro rail system safety precautions including movement within stations and on platforms, as well as on rail cars and along the trackbed.  Some specific topics addressed were elevator pace panels, Braille signage, use of tactile strips and other emergency equipment, priority seating and electricity on ground rails to name a few.

This training is part of NFTA's standardized customer safety sessions which are provided throughout the year.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Celeste Kubisty - Metro's new Transportation Clerk Specialist

Celeste Kubisty has recently taken on the role of Metro's Transportation Clerk Specialist.  In her new position she will provide a variety of administrative support functions for the  Transportation Service Department.

Celeste began her career with NFTA in the Paratransit division in 2011 and eventually became a bus operator working out of the Cold Springs Garage.   Although she enjoyed driving for big bus, a position working behind the scenes was something she has been aspiring to achieve.  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kelsey Badaszewski has exciting news

Joining in the NFTA's Summer of Love celebration is the lovely young woman that greets employees and visitors at our headquarters daily, and with a brand new accessory on her left hand.  Yes - it's an engagement ring!  Kelsey has been dating Steve, her (new) fiance', for the past four years, which all began with an introduction from a friend at a country music concert!

NFTA Metro goes Retro at the Erie County Fair

Staff talking to fairgoers about Metro and its benefits

NFTA Metro was out at the Erie County Fair on August 17-18.

The on site display designed in celebration of NFTA's 50th anniversary included our staffed "Givin and Groovin" Nova diesel bus as well as participation by the Transit Police and K9 unit.

There were a lot of fun things to do, both adults and children were excited to board and even "drive" our Metro bus.