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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Getting Ready for the 10th Annual Sounds of the Season

Akron High School's Santa Marching Band
Yes, it's true, NFTA's Sounds of the Season. Program is coming back to the downtown bus terminal at 181 Ellicott Street for the holiday season.

In addition to he hustle and bustle of busy travelers, there will be lots of festive music performed by the very talented students from local high schools.

So that you can catch a performance, be sure to check out the list with dates and time below:


           Fri. Dec. 15          Akron High Santa Marching Band, 8:15 a.m.
                                         Mt. Mercy Magic Bells, Noon
           Mon. Dec. 18       Middle Early College, 11 a.m.
                                         Hutch Tech, Noon
           Tues. Dec. 19       West Hertel, 1 a.m.
                                         Discovery School, Noon
           Weds. Dec. 20      Hutch Tech, 11 a.m.
                                         Buff. Acad Vis/Perf Arts, Noon
           Thurs. Dec. 21     Olmsted, 11 a.m.
                                         Visit from Santa, 11:45 a.m.
                                         Buff. Acad Vis/Perf Arts, Noon
           Fri. Dec. 22          Olmsted, 11 a.m.
                                         Southside Elem., Noon

Dec. 19 - Metro Rail is also hosting its Winter at the North Pole which will include visits from Santa, a Toy Shop and a Reindeer Barn.  There will be two events as follows:  University Station from 10 a.m. through Noon with sounds from Hutch Tech at 9:45 a.m, and at Utica Station from 2-3 p.m. with music of BAVPA at 2:15 p.m.

Most performances listed above will be 45 minutes in length, however, may be subject to change.  Everyone is welcome to come and help us spread some holiday cheer - hope to see you.
Ho Ho Ho!

John DePaolo - Brewmaster for 3rd Annual Santas of Swig

NFTA's Sheila Keane (2nd in on left)  Wayne Gradyl,
Steve Hobbs, John DePaolo, Mike LaGraves (with wife Sue) 
On Sat. Dec. 2, the 3rd Annual Santas of Swig was held at Buffalo Iron Works in downtown Buffalo.  The annual event is a homebrewed fundraiser to benefit the Matt Urban Hope Center.

Entry included a donation to the cause and guaranteed everyone an opportunity to vote for the best brewed beer. A basket raffle was also held throughout the day.  The event proved to be a great success and raised approximately $2900.

John brewed up a well-received Brown Ale, and he was excited to share it with the crowd as well as his fellow NFTA supporters. 

Looking forward to next year! 


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

NFTA TAPD Sponsor No-Shave Holiday Drive

TAPD Lt. Davies and Officer Bielanin
sporting their facial growth :)
It's that time of year -- the holidays are upon us and the spirit of giving is in the air!  And, in this case some members of the NFTA's Transit Police are "giving it up" -- shaving that is, to support the many families of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Erie County.

During November and December, our TAPD officers have been holding their version of a No-Shave campaign in an effort to bring awareness to those less fortunate, especially this time of year.  All money raised will be used to buy gifts for families of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Erie County.

The officers have also been managing an authority-wide collection among NFTA employees. If you would like to contribute to this great cause and help those in need, please provide checks written to Big Brothers and Big Sisters, cash or gift cards for Target, Walmart or Toys R Us to the TAPD office in the downtown bus terminal or to the main office at 1404 Main Street through December 10.  Our busy Officer Elves and their magical "sleigh" will be out delivering all of the gifts purchased with the funds raised through this drive on December 20 - just in time for Christmas. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the largest provider of youth mentoring services in the United States. In Erie County, they have been matching caring adults with local children for more than 40 years and have impacted the lives of over 9,500 youth.

As one of the lead organizers, Lieutenant Mike Davies said, "I feel so fortunate to help with this charitable drive.  There is no better feeling than to see the smiles on the faces of the children and their families when they are opening up gifts that they wished for but never expected to receive.  It is a humbling experience, and I am truly grateful to everyone who helps out with this great effort each year!"

Monday, December 4, 2017

Metro Operators Have a New Look

Current NFTA Metro Instructors
showcasing new uniform pieces
Many of Metro Bus and Rail Instructors as well as Operators are sporting new "threads" these days. 

Metro serves approximately 28 million passengers per year, and that means a lot of miles on the road.  Metro personnel are out and about everywhere and dealing with various  unexpected situations that may expose them to busy roadways and inclement weather are common.

In order to continue to keep the hard working men and women working within Metro and their passengers as safe as possible, the NFTA has initiated a system-wide uniform update. 

These new uniforms have a more contemporary style  and comfortable fabrics as well numerous high visibility identifiers on items from the waste up.  Also included is a new badge emblem on the right side of all sleeves (the side facing customers as they board Metro bus).

The new Metro uniform transition is expected to be complete system-wide by January 1, 2020. 

NFTA celebrates 50 years

Members of Cold Spring staff pictured with
Exec. Dir. Kim Minkel (center)
and Public Transit Dir. Tom George (right)
NFTA celebrated its 50 anniversary - 50 years of serving Western New York's transportation needs.

As part of an authority-wide recognition for its dedicated and 1,500 hard-working employees, Executive Director Kim Minkel and members of her leadership team visited each business location which includes NFIA and BNIA properties, Metro bus and rail stations and garages, TAPD units as well as the main NFTA headquarters and operations control center.

Exec. Dir. Kim Minkel bringing cheer to BNIA's
TAPD unit and special treats to the K-9 team.
(Officer D. Capretto picutred with King)  

All celebrations were held between Nov. 2-9 and included unique "retro" designed cupcakes by Wegmans markets.  Each  employee also received a special commemorative 50th annivesary pin and small keepsake.   

Even the TAPD K-9 unit received special recognition for their hard work with delicious  dog treats compliments of Notorious Dog in Amherst.

A lot of fun was had by all, and we are looking forward to another successful 50 years ahead!