Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Thank you to Saint Mary of the Lake, Akron High School, Cardinal O’ Hara High School, Holy Angels Academy, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Ambrose Catholic Academy, and Lake Shore High for participating in this years NFTA-Metro Sounds of the Season.
Posted by The Transporter at 12/21/2011 10:01:00 AM
Friday, December 16, 2011
The Leo family of Niagara Falls, NY received an early Christmas present at the Niagara Falls International Airport Thursday evening, a free trip to Tampa, Fla. courtesy of Allegiant, the airport’s newest carrier.
Posted by The Transporter at 12/16/2011 01:10:00 PM
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Dear NFTA family:
It’s the time of year to pause and reflect, to be thankful and plan for the year to come. In that spirit I want to thank everyone here at the NFTA for the dedication and hard work we’ve seen throughout 2011. It’s been a year of challenges and change, but the strength I’ve seen across the Authority continues to be inspiring. My personal New Year’s resolution is to work at the high level you all have set. This is also a time for hope, so let me wish you and your family a very safe, and a very happy holiday season.
Kimberley A. Minkel
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Friday, December 9, 2011
Allegiant has started selling tickets for new, nonstop jet service between Niagara Falls and Orlando, Fla., via Orlando Sanford International Airport. Flights begin Feb. 15, 2012. Allegiant came to Niagara Falls in September and their first flight – to Tampa – doesn’t even take off until Dec. 15. As a result of such a positive response to the Tampa flights, they decided to expand.
Posted by The Transporter at 12/09/2011 12:07:00 PM
Captain Bill Major has been selected as the vice chair of the newly established North East Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training Officers Consortium. This group includes two Federal Aviation Administration regions, covering 14 states.
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Friday, December 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Buffalo Niagara is one of 27 communities, out of 468 applicants, to receive a Sustainable Communities award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant will be used to connect housing, schools and jobs.
Posted by The Transporter at 11/22/2011 01:34:00 PM
Friday, November 18, 2011
NFTA Transit Police Officer Michael Insalaco died yesterday afternoon from injuries suffered in a one-car crash this past Sunday. Fellow officers of the 100-member NFTA force have kept vigil at the hospital since the crash.
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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
This past season saw a number or returning events, like the Bassmaster Weekend Series, which shipped in competitive anglers from all over the country. It also debuted a lot of new attractions, like the Queen City Ferry - a water taxi operating between the inner and outer harbors, and the colorful Adirondack chair collection, for sitting back and watching the water, proving you don't need a boat to enjoy the Boat Harbor.
We'll see you in May.
Posted by The Transporter at 10/28/2011 02:14:00 PM
Monday, October 24, 2011
Another Honor Flight took off from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Saturday, Oct. 22. This was the sixth flight out of Buffalo since the program began. Honor Flight takes veterans of World War II to Washington DC, to visit our national monuments dedicated to their honor. The program does not charge the veterans for any part of the trip.
Posted by The Transporter at 10/24/2011 11:30:00 AM
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The New York Solar Energy Industry Association has named Metro’s Frontier Garage “best photovoltaic solar project for New York state government in 2010.” The 6,000 Degrees award recognizes the best in solar energy across the state.
Posted by The Transporter at 10/13/2011 09:48:00 AM
Friday, October 7, 2011
There has been a great deal of information in the press recently about the possibility of Metro adjusting fares and reducing service on routes that have extremely low ridership.
I'd like to take this opportunity to help set the record straight and present some relevant facts that are driving these difficult considerations.
Posted by The Transporter at 10/07/2011 02:20:00 PM
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Sun. Oct. 9, Ralph Wilson Stadium will be seeing a lot more pom poms than usual. 340, actually. And pink. At the Buffalo Bills “Billieve” game approximately 170 current and former Buffalo Jills will perform prior to kick-off and hold a ribbon ceremony to support breast cancer awareness. The squad will, for the first time ever, span six decades. In the middle of it all, is Metro’s very own Lisa Piecki.
Posted by The Transporter at 10/06/2011 11:41:00 AM
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Cold Spring’s net sales were $216, bringing our grand total for the United Way to $1,291!!
Thank you to everyone who supported the various seven cookouts. You are the reason we were successful. Special kudos to Karen Novo and Annmarie Kelley for making all of the arrangements and to executive director Kim Minkel for a great job on the grill! The hot dogs were cooked to perfection.
Posted by The Transporter at 9/21/2011 03:05:00 PM
“We are pleased to bring an affordable and convenient way for the Niagara and southern Ontario areas to travel to Tampa Bay,” said Andrew Levy, president.
“This is a case of building something and they will come,” said Henry M. Sloma, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority interim chairman. “The broader range of services we provide, the better it will be for the entire community."
Posted by The Transporter at 9/21/2011 11:48:00 AM
Honor Flight Buffalo, one many national chapters, raises funds through donations in order to provide veterans with a free plane trip to our nation’s capital where they tour the various service monuments, especially the World War II memorial.
The local organization is spearheaded by the tireless efforts of sisters Jo Anne and Lisa Wylie, who started the Buffalo chapter in honor of their dad, a World War II veteran.
Posted by The Transporter at 9/21/2011 07:56:00 AM
Monday, September 19, 2011
A flu shot. It’s that time of year. The NFTA’s Employee Assistance Program is serving up painless vaccinations at various locations across the authority. They are quick, free and you can barely feel them. Today, at the MTC downtown, they doled out about 70 doses, with the assistance of Independent Nursing Care of Buffalo.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
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Monday, September 12, 2011
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commemorated the 30th Anniversary of the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting unit at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Sept. 7 recognizing active and retired firefighters at the BNIA firehouse.
The BNIA ARFF unit got its start in March 1981, when it was created as the Public Safety department by the NFTA board of commissioners to handle both safety and security functions at the then Greater Buffalo International Airport.
Posted by The Transporter at 9/12/2011 02:39:00 PM
Friday, September 9, 2011
Next week the cook out crew takes off to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Posted by The Transporter at 9/09/2011 09:33:00 AM
Friday, September 2, 2011
The day’s proceeds of $240 boosts our running total to $820 for the United Way. With three more stops, the next being Babock Station September 8, we are well on our way to surpassing $1,000.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the program to date.
Posted by The Transporter at 9/02/2011 01:39:00 PM
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Thursday, Sept. 1 it’s on to the South Park Rail Station. ALL ARE WELCOME!!!!! Come join our friendly folks at South Park Rail/Maintenance for a hot dog lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 164 Ohio Street.
Posted by The Transporter at 9/01/2011 12:03:00 PM
Friday, August 26, 2011
The event raised $237.50 and when added to the MTC event brings our running total to $505.50 . . . all going to the United Way. Next up is the NFTA Boat Harbor, Wednesday, August 31, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Hope to see you there.
Posted by The Transporter at 8/26/2011 10:39:00 AM
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Last week’s hot dog roast to support the United Way was a big success. Held on the 2nd floor of the MTC, NFTA employees donated $5 to the cause, and lunched on hot dogs grilled by Executive Director Kim Minkel, Chief Financial Officer Deborah Leous and HSEQ Director Frank Cefalu. Each could have a second career at Ted’s. The dogs were perfect.
The event raised $268 and gave everyone in the building, and OCC, the chance to mingle for a bit. Don’t miss your opportunity. Next up is Frontier Station, Thursday, Aug. 25. For a complete schedule, click here.
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Friday, August 19, 2011
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Monday, August 15, 2011
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Michael Esford has been named Manager of Metro Rail. Esford has been with the Authority since 1985.
Director of Surface Transportation Thomas George said, "Mike has demonstrated his ability to provide leadership and guidance for Metro Rail as the Acting Manager for the last eight months, and throughout his tenure with the NFTA. It is a well deserved appointment and helps us continue to provide safe and reliable service to our customers.”
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
By unanimous decision of the NFTA’s Board of Commissioners Kimberley A. Minkel became Executive Director this past December. After half a year in the new position, the Transporter decided to check in with her and see how things were going.
Posted by The Transporter at 7/27/2011 09:53:00 AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This year’s NFTA Chase Corporate Challenge team was one of the largest in the last 10 years, with 41 athletes from across the Authority. It’s also the first time we’ve had an Executive Director participating. When it comes to health, Kim Minkel doesn’t just talk the talk. She walks the 3.5 mile walk. Although everyone had a great time, Michael Moore put in the best time. Congratulations to everyone.
Posted by The Transporter at 7/26/2011 03:55:00 PM
Friday, July 22, 2011
The ninth grade students at the Tapestry Charter High School in North Buffalo wanted to effect change, and to make their point they used their collective voices and the power of the pen. The students wanted to stress to the NFTA that the school requires service from a special Delaware Metro bus to better serve their transportation needs in getting to and from school.
Posted by The Transporter at 7/22/2011 01:25:00 PM
Thursday, July 21, 2011
. . . The Buffalo News, that is. Cold Spring technician Franklin Fowler was interviewed by Mark Sommer, and photographed by Mark Mulville, on July 20, for an article in the Buffalo News. Franklin talked about staying cool in the garages, which can be challenging. There’s no air conditioning in the huge facilities, sometimes you’re in a pit that reduces air -low and bent over diesel engines still warm from running. Still, it didn’t bother him much.
Posted by The Transporter at 7/21/2011 10:41:00 AM
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Frank J. Cefalu has been named the authority's new Director of Health, Safety and Environmental Quality.
With over 20-years experience in safety and environmental initiatives, Cefalu will help promote and further enhance the organizational safety and environmental performance levels throughout the organization, which continues to remain a high priority for the NFTA.
Posted by The Transporter at 6/24/2011 09:51:00 AM
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Welcome to our new General Counsel,
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The NFTA Boat Harbor is open for another successful year. Slip rentals are up, the new dock organization is a hit and the place looks better than ever. The harbor is also offering two new features this year. Personal watercraft slips are now available, so people can stow their Jet Skis rather than trailer and unload them every time they want a ride.
Posted by The Transporter at 6/23/2011 02:50:00 PM
The Buffalo Niagara International Airport has become one of the only airports in North American developing a sustainable master plan. In concert with Erie Community College, the airport is working towards an efficient, effective community asset that is also a good neighbor.
Posted by The Transporter at 6/23/2011 02:43:00 PM
The Buffalo Niagara International Airport has won the Balchen/Post Award for the sixth time. Presented at the annual Snow Symposium, the award is given to airport snow-control teams that have demonstrated determination and excellence in keeping their respective airport runways open and safe during winter storms. The BNIA took home the honors for medium-sized airports.
Buffalo hosted the 45th Annual Snow Symposium in April. More than 350 airport professionals, responsible for runway operations from around the world, attended.
Posted by The Transporter at 6/23/2011 02:02:00 PM
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Thomas George is the new director of surface transportation, as of this past April. A licensed engineer, Tom has been involved in transportation issues around this region for the last decade.
For the last eight years George has been the Executive Director of the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition, the agency responsible for monitoring roadways around Western New York and Southern Ontario. It is the only bi-national organization of its kind.
Posted by The Transporter at 6/21/2011 02:44:00 PM
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that the hospitality ambassadors at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport will celebrate their 11th anniversary Tuesday, March 15 during an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historical Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY.
Posted by The Transporter at 6/21/2011 02:32:00 PM
Direct Air has added another destination from Niagara Falls International Airport: nonstop jet service to the Orlando West, region of Florida. It has also added two new Caribbean destinations beginning November 17. Three nonstop flights will depart each for San Juan, Puerto Rico and Nassau, Bahamas.
Posted by The Transporter at 6/21/2011 02:26:00 PM
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced that Ms.Vicky-Marie J. Brunette has been named the NFTA's Deputy General Counsel. Brunette, 44, started with the authority in 1994.
In making the announcement, NFTA General Counsel David J. State said, "In addition to handling her current litigation caseload, Brunette will perform General Counsel duties in my absence and play a significant role in implementing compliance initiatives being developed by the authority. This restructuring of the General Counsel's office will improve our ability to serve the authority and the public and I congratulate Vicky on her appointment."
Posted by The Transporter at 6/21/2011 09:30:00 AM