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Friday, December 2, 2016

Jason Abounader Graduates from Publc Transit Leaders Institute Training Program


Jason Abounader recently graduated from the Public Transit Leaders Institute Training Program which is sponsored by the New York Public Transit Association.  Jason was one of  seven transit individuals that were selected within the state to participate in the 2016 program.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Jim Lavelle promoted to HSEQ Manager, Safety & Security


Jim Lavelle has been promoted to Manager, Safety & Security in NFTA’s HSEQ branch.   In Jim’s new position he will be responsible for the overall management of NFTA and Metro’s safety programs and managing a variety of security projects focusing on anti-terrorism technologies and emergency response programs.  For the past three years in his role as Safety Programs Administrator, Jim has been actively involved with, and recognized for, various initiatives to reduce workplace injuries and minimize other corporate environmental safety concerns. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Metro Rail Celebrates 30 Years - November 10, 2016!

Executive Director, Kimberley Minkel (left) and NFTA staff
Construction on the NFTA's 6.4 mile Metro light rail line along Main Street in downtown Buffalo begin officially in 1979 and was completed in three stages. The surface portion opened on October 9, 1984, while the subway portion opened as far as Amherst Street Station on May 20, 1985. The line was further extended to University at Buffalo's South Campus Station which opened on November 10, 1986.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NFTA Metro recognizes its Customer Service Representatives

National Customer Service Week was held from October 3–7, 2016. This special week-long celebration was created by the International Customer Service Association in 1984 in support of the mission to recognize and reward individuals who provide service to customers as the primary function of their job.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

William Vanecek appointed Chairman of Airports Council International, North America

Bill Vanecek has been appointed as the new Chairman of Airports Council International, North America. ACI-NA represents local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. Its mission is to advocate policies and provide services that strengthen the ability of commercial airports to serve their passengers, customers and communities.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

James Morrell, a leading force at Metro

James Morrell, left - and his team.
Congratulations to James Morrell who is a recent graduate of the American Public Transportation Association’s Executive Leadership Class of 2016. James was one of 25 elite individuals selected to participate in the one-year program based on his professional commitment within his role as Metro’s Deputy Public Transit Director and for his overall dedication to the betterment of the public transportation industry.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Black Achiever 2016 Vivian Rodgers

Metro's Barb Thomas, Vivian Rodgers, EEO Dir. (Ret.) Linda Seay
Julie Phillipson and Commissioner Margo Downey
Congratulations to our 2016 Black Achiever Award recipient, Vivian Rodgers. Part of the NFTA's Equal Employment Opportunity / Diversity Development department since 2010, Vivian has been a consistent champion of fairness and an active advocate for the disadvantaged. These are just two of the reasons she was recognized by 1490 Enterprises Inc. for her contributions to the community.