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A trio of local lawmakers are preparing to lobby Albany for increased NFTA funding in Governor Cuomo's latest budget proposal.

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The NFTA is taking steps to eliminate the use of e-cigarettes on its buses and trains.

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The future shape of Buffalo's Waterfront became more clear Monday with a major event company taking over Canalside and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation taking over the Outer Harbor.

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A vision is emerging for dramatic change along Niagara Street as the NFTA looks to improve service for one of its busiest routes.

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Given the large number of people currently using public transportation between Amherst and downtown Buffalo, a study is being done to determine what the best options are for meeting future demand.

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UB has started the mammoth $375 million project to build its new medical school at Main and Allen, a  plan that will see Metro Rail trains running through the basement during all three years of construction.

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After nearly 60 years, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is getting out of waterfront development.

State park coming to Outer Harbor

Sep 4, 2013

Following years of requests from elected officials and interest groups, it appears the NFTA is ready to relinquish control of key portions of Buffalo's waterfront.

NFTA to spruce up Erie Canal Harbor station

Aug 30, 2013

With all of the new construction taking place at Canalside,  the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority says it's going to remodel its Erie Canal Harbor rail station.

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Riding the Metro Rail this summer will be complicated, with the NFTA doing a major repair project on a key part of the route.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is being urged to remove alcohol advertising from its public transportation vehicles.

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A key piece of the region's anti-terrorism task force is facing elimination by the Department of Homeland Security, according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

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State Assemblyman Sean Ryan was joined by State Senator Mark Grisanti on Saturday, as the pair announced legislation that would dissolve the bi-national entity that manages the Peace Bridge.

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A pair of local politicians have proposed legislation that will dissolve the authority that oversees the Peace Bridge.

While many are wondering when spring will arrive, there are a few sure signs the change of seasons is underway. Crews started removing the Ice Boom from the mouth of the Niagara River this week and construction has resumed on a new park on Buffalo's waterfront that is on track to open by the end of May.

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Preparations are being made by an anti-war protestor to sue a pair of Niagara Frontier Transportation officers.

Tower at Falls airport not on FAA closure list

Mar 22, 2013

The air traffic control tower at the Niagara Falls International Airport, which was a potential victim of sequestration budget cuts, will remain open.

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After years of trying to get out of the waterfront redevelopment business, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is close to selling its holdings on Buffalo's Outer Harbor to another agency.

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Starting today, Metro Rail trains will no longer be stopping at the Theater Station platform in downtown Buffalo.

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A state audit released Tuesday calls for reforms at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

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Bowing to public outcry, the NFTA is moving to transfer its Outer Harbor properties to the ECHDC, but some wonder if the land should be controlled by yet another state agency.

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Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the NFTA to give up its waterfront property for a couple of dollars, but the Transit Authority is not keen on the idea.  

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The NFTA should focus on its core mission of public transportation and not stand in the way of waterfront progress, says Rep. Brian Higgins. 

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Despite recent increases in Metro bus and rail fares, there has been an increase in ridership in the last year.  The reason appears to be the ongoing spike in gasoline prices at the pumps.

All through last winter, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority wrestled with the problems of not having enough money to pay for the bus and rail system, with a series of plans considered. In the end, some service was cut and the fare rose to $2, roughly half the current cost of a gallon of gas.

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has requested development proposals for its outer harbor lands delaying the transfer of ownership.

The delay was criticized by Representative Brian Higgins as unnecessary. Higgins claims that transferring the nearly 400 acres now to the Erie Canal harbor Development Corporation or the City of Buffalo will maintain the momentum of development that has been established.

The delay means that the transfer will not take place until January or February.

After a board meeting yesterday, the NFTA has an Albany lobbyist and a restaurant that will run all winter on the waterfront.

The board voted to hire the lobbying firm headed by former Mayor Anthony Masiello for $72,000 a year.

Chairman Howard Zemsky says the authority hasn't been doing well in getting money from Albany in hard times and is joining other transit authorities in hiring a lobbyist to be up-to-date on what's going on and to push for more cash.

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A potential conflict of interest could prevent former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello from becoming the Erie County Democratic chairman.

Masiello's lobbying firm is favored by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in bids the Authority has received for a three year lobbying contract. Legal rules would prevent Masiello from acting as party chair and as an Albany lobbyist. Governor Andrew Cuomo supports Masiello as party chair.

The NFTA will be reviewing its contract possibilities on Monday.

Study will examine sand at Gallagher Beach

Jul 24, 2012

Waterfront development officials will spend $290,000 to determine if sand can withstand the turbulent Lake Erie waters at Gallagher Beach.

The Buffalo News reports the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and the NFTA hope the study results will be available by next spring.

Gallagher Beach, a small strip of the Outer Harbor, which sits just south of the Small Boat Harbor, represents one of the few open waterfront strips with the potential for public swimming.

Transit riders will have a new voice on the NFTA board.

During the fight over service cuts and fare increases, some of the most vocal testimony at public hearings involved people with disabilities who need Metro Bus and Rail to get around to jobs, to homes, to health care.

They had no voice when the decisions were actually made.

Under legislation signed into law by Governor Cuomo, that's changing.

He signed a bill adding another member, a non-voting member, who is a transit-dependent person with disabilities.

NFTA unveils express bus service

Jun 26, 2012

The NFTA has unveiled plans to provide express bus service on five suburban routes.

Starting September 2, for an extra 50 cents over the regular $2 fare, commuters in Niagara Falls, Lockport, Alden and Orchard Park will be able to travel downtown with limited stops and faster routes. A fifth route, already in place, connects downtown with the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

The express service will include amenities such as Wi-Fi internet access.