NFTA Transporter

Friday, April 27, 2012

The 27th Annual NFTA Safety and Service Awards

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority hosted a luncheon at the Protocol Restaurant in Williamsville, Sunday, April 22 to recognize the outstanding safety records of Metro vehicle maintenance workers and bus and train operators. In addition, the authority saluted employees who reached 25-years of employment with the NFTA. This year 29 Metro operators were recognized for safely operating vehicles for 10 or 20 years, and eight maintenance employees were congratulated for having a 10-year safety record. In addition, 37 NFTA employees celebrated a silver anniversary. Metro Rail operator Jose Ramirez received a special recognition for his quick actions in activating his train's emergency braking system as it approached two men in the track bed at the Utica Street Station April 5. Acting NFTA Chairman, Henry M. Sloma said, “These men and women have dedicated a quarter-century of their lives to helping the people of Western New York get to work, school, church, a doctor's appointment or visit loved-ones. It is an honorable achievement in an honorable profession.” Kimberley A. Minkel, NFTA executive director, said “There is no way to overstate the importance of safety in this business, so it is a pleasure to thank the men and women who have been able to maintain such incredible safety records.”