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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 Groovin' 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 1967 Summer of Love themed "Givin and Groovin" Nova diesel bus as well as participation by NFTA staff and our transit police and K9 units.

There were a lot of fun things to do, both adults and children were excited to board and even "drive" our Metro bus while listening to our special themed G&G Metro Radio.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

NFTA Launches its Givin' and Groovin' Bus to support the Food Bank of WNY

Food Bank's Catherine Shick and
NFTA's Kim Minkel cut ribbon
On August 1, the NFTA launched its Givin' and Groovin' Stuff A Bus outreach program to support the Food Bank of Western New York.  NFTA also partnered with the Erie County Fair, Upstate Farms and Tops Markets in this effort.

The Givin' and Groovin' Bus, which was designed in honor of the NFTA's 50th anniversary, moved around town to various locations on a mission to collect as many canned goods and non-perishables as possible.  As an added bonus, anyone who donated food was able to enter to win a raffle for a year's supply of Upstate milk.  (The winner - Laura Westfall from North Tonawanda).

James Morrell, Being Neighborly

Leadership Buffalo Class of 2017
James Morrell center with LB CEO Althea Luehrsen 
James Morrell, a former graduate of Leadership Buffalo (1998), recently served on an advisory panel for their Class Experience group (July 12) as well as provided a stand-along presentation for their Rising Leaders team (July 19) as part of their respective 2017 Neighborhood Days.
Leadership Buffalo is a year-long community discovery program, and Neighborhood day is one of eight day sessions within the program.

John Honan Joins the Engineering Team at the NFTA

Please help welcome John Honan, who is the new Design Manager at the NFTA.  In this role, he will assist the engineering team on projects from pre-construction through completion. 

John was formerly with Watts Architecture and Engineering in Buffalo for the past twenty years where he managed many types of engineering projects throughout New York State.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer, and has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in engineering –  both from the University of Buffalo. 
John lives in Cheektowaga with his wife and nine children.
Please stop by the 7th floor and say hello to John.