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The Department of Transportation released its revised guidelines on automated driving systems Tuesday, outlining its recommended — but not mandatory — best practices for companies developing self-driving cars.

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State rail inspectors found some critical problems on a CSX rail line running through downtown Buffalo and on to Niagara Falls, which carries six Amtrak passenger trains each day.


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Albany is continuing to push railroads about safety, in the wake of some serious accidents around North America. 

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The public now has greater access to Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Officials cut the ribbon Friday on the new Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk along Furhmann Boulevard.

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The original construction of the Scajaquada Expressway was a mistake and the latest proposal for changing it is also a mistake, according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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Construction at the Peace Bridge is likely to start soon.

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With some construction work already underway at the Peace Bridge, Albany is pushing hard for another major project.

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A proposed project that is designed to improve traffic flow to and from the Peace Bridge is working its way through the federal environmental review process. Residents can get an update on the plan Tuesday.

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Rep. Brian Higgins says the New York State Department of Transportation will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of alternatives to the Buffalo Skyway. 

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says too many trucks are crashing into bridge overpasses, especially in Western New York. 

Schumer appeared in Buffalo Thursday near the CSX Railroad overpass at William and Metcalfe.  That bridge has been struck by trucks 32 times in the past few years.  The bridge, built in 1926,  has just a 12-foot clearance.

Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to conduct an investigation.  He wants national standards to be issued in the use of GPS units in commercial trucks.

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A member of the state delegation is asking the Department of Transportation to study the cost of removing the Skyway from Buffalo's waterfront.  

Assembly member Michael Kearns has been calling for the bridge's demolition since serving on the city's Common Council.  Kearns sent a letter to New York State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald Tuesday requesting an Environmental Impact Study and cost estimate for removal of the Buffalo Skyway.  

"There has never been a study to see what the true cost would be to take the Skyway down."   

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After a successful summer of activities that attracted thousands of people to the downtown waterfront, Congressman Brian Higgins is once again calling for removal of the Buffalo Skyway.

Higgins points out the the state Department of Transportation recently rated the bridge over the Buffalo River "functionally obsolete," because it lacks shoulders, and structurally "deficient."

Road work will close section of Rt. 270 in Amherst

Jun 24, 2012
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A portion of Route 270, Campbell Boulevard in the town of Amherst, will be closed to all traffic beginning Monday, June 25. 

The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that culvert replacement work will begin on Route 27.   As a result, NY Route 270, between North French Road and Tonawanda Creek Road, will be closed to all traffic. 

The closure is expected to last for approximately one week.  Traffic will be directed to follow a posted detour route. The work is weather sensitive and may be delayed in the event of inclement weather.