Citizens for Regional Transit

As Washington, DC talks about spending vast sums of money on transportation, local mass transit supporters see that fresh cash as a way to pay for extensions of the Metro Rail into Amherst, Buffalo's East Side and the southtowns.

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President Joe Biden used to commute daily on Amtrak between his home in Wilmington, DE and Washington, DC when he was in the U.S. Senate. During those days, he was known as "Amtrak Joe." For members of the local Citizens for Regional Transit, that is an indication he might be willing to put up the federal dollars to turn the proposed Amherst extension of the Metro Rail into concrete and steel.

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Most holiday seasons, Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Niagara Falls International Airport would be swirling with activity, with cars arriving and departing, suitcases being rushed around, crowds checking departure and arrival times on airport monitors. Most years, about 8,000 people are departing each day. This year, that number is down to 1,700.

A mechanical issue forced the shutdown of the NFTA's Metro Rail service for much of the day Thursday.

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A coalition of community-based organizers has a policy plan they want to see Buffalo implement to ensure the renaissance in the reaches all citizens.

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For public transit in Buffalo, there are two key items for improvement: an end to the pandemic so people will ride again and a lot more outside money, probably from Washington. Both were discussed at a public meeting Thursday evening.

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Another set of furloughs due to the COVID-19 pandemic has become permanent.

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has identified the man who died at the Fountain Plaza Metro Rail station Thursday night.

Fare collection resumes today on Metro Bus & Rail

Jun 29, 2020
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If you ride Metro Bus and Rail, be aware the collection of fares resumes Monday.

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NFTA Transit Police are interviewing witnesses to a fatal stabbing that occurred Friday night inside a bus at the Ellicott Street bus station.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to take unprecedented measures to ensure the safety of its drivers and passengers, including rear door boarding on buses, increased cleaning schedules and the suspension of fair collecting. However, a local rider advocacy group is urging the NFTA to do more in regards to public safety.

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The union representing transit workers at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is calling for hazard pay and passenger limits on public transit vehicles.

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Look for some changes on local buses as the Niagara Frontier Transportation Autority continues to adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Niagara Frontier Transit Authority said one of its Metro Rail maintenance employees has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Buffalo's school bus situation has apparently improved a lot since a summit in October, helped along by some hefty pay raises by First Student.

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Jay Reeves, a 24-year-old digital film student at Villa Maria, is a bus rider who falls through the cracks.

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Steps are being taken to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus among local transit riders and bus and airline passengers.

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Even as the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority was conducting an environmental impact study on the proposed northward extension of the Metro Rail, it has continued to tinker with the plan.

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Traveling with young children can be difficult, especially getting them through an airport. Officials at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport are hoping to ease the burden by introducing Fisher-Price play areas at three airport gates.


Plans for an extension of the Metro Rail into Amherst are moving along, but Citizens for Regional Transit don't want to stop there. Public transportation advocates say this is just the beginning.

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Major funding for the proposed expansion of Metro Rail was not part of Governor Cuomo's State of the State address. But as WBFO's Chris Caya reports, planning for the $1.2 billion project remains on track.

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A iron beam bearing signatures of numerous elected and transportation officials was hoisted Friday afternoon and fixed atop the skeleton of a future building extension at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Officials call it a milestone in a project that will continue through the spring of 2022.

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Transit Police are close to having all officers equipped with body cameras, as the force deals with an avalanche of recorded images.

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Bishops Richard Malone and Edward Grosz returned from Rome and a meeting with the Pope Sunday night, discreetly exiting Buffalo Niagara International Airport to avoid reporters and protestors.

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is doing extensive and expensive planning for extending the Metro Rail deep into Amherst. An active transit-supporter group is suggesting much of that same research could be used to plan another extension, from downtown to Buffalo Niagara International Airport and beyond.

Metro Rail extension could spur local economy

Sep 24, 2019
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Plans for expanding Metro Rail continue moving forward. The next public workshop about the proposed $1.2 billion project is Tuesday night in Amherst.

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A service that will help guide the blind and visually impaired is coming to the Buffalo and Niagara Falls International Airports.

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has secured naming rights for its Seneca Metro Rail Station. It is the third such naming rights deal announced along the NFTA's rail line.

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As of October 2020, New York State residents will not be able to fly domestically without proper documentation, nor will they be able to enter certain federal facilities.

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Legislation is making its way through Albany that would require the NFTA Board of Commissioners to add two users of Metro Bus and Rail as voting members.