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Niagara Falls International Air port will be closed to most com mercial and military aviation for up to six months next year to per mit reconstruction of its main runway. The Niagara Frontier Transpor tation Authority, which operates the airport, has scheduled the shutdown for April to September to replace badly worn pavement, some of which has taken pound ings fro…

If anyplace in Western New York resembled the floor of the United Nations on Monday -- United Nations Day -- it was the meeting room Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Lacka wanna. In one corner were the Soma lians, huddling together for group pictures. In another were Tamils from Sri Lanka, and across the room were the Salva dorans, Guatemalans and Chil eans. …

The NFTA Monday is expected to approve the start of negotia tions aimed at establishing a truck inspection facility at the Port of Buffalo. Although some Niagara Fron tier Transportation Authority board members oppose the con cept or at the least have questions, a poll at today's agenda review session indicated support for nego tiating with partners Frank J. McGuire a…

The sponsors of a proposal for a customs truck-inspection facility on the Buffalo waterfront are questioning the federal govern ment's dominant role in determin ing where it should be built.Frank P. D'Arrigo, president of Can Am Rapid Courier and a partner with McGuire Group Chairman Frank J. McGuire in a proposal to establish an inspection station at the Port of Buff…

Two Western New York state senators, one a Democrat and one a Republican, joined forces today to urge passage of the $3 billion transportation bond issue they ac knowledge may be in trouble. Sens. Dale M. Volker, R-De pew, and William T. Stachowski, D-Buffalo, said the bond issue's defeat will almost certainly result in large increases in gasoline taxes and on lice…

As the NFTA scrambles to cov er an expected $15 million deficit next year, the people controlling Albany's purse strings are advising the authority to look elsewhere for emergency funding.Officials of the Department of Transportation and the Division of Budget say state coffers are so strained that there is little chance the emergency funding the Niaga ra Frontier Tra…

On a day when winds, coin cidentally, caused havoc throughout the Buffalo area, staffers of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority said they had concluded not much can be done to alleviate wind problems on the downtown transit mall. A report presented at a briefing session Tuesday indi cated the problem is likely to remain. "We don't feel there's any economical…

On a day that coincidentally saw wind cause havoc throughout the Buffalo area, NFTA staffers conclud ed there's not much anyone can do to alleviate wind problems in the down town transit mall.After the Niagara Frontier Trans portation Authority's board of com missioners last year directed staffers to take another look at Main Street wind problems, a report presented a…

After all the bad news plaguing the NFTA this week, some good news arrived Thursday: figures show significant increases in the number of riders on both Metro Bus and Metro Rail. Alfred H. Savage, executive di rector of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said just-compiled statistics indicate an overall increase of 6.3 percent from April to October of this …

Economic development offi cials and downtown business lead ers predicted disaster Wednesday in the wake of the NFTA's plans for drastic service cuts next year without a dedicated source of rev enue to close its $15.4 million budget deficit. "I think that the drastic reduc tions in service would be a disas ter for downtown Buffalo," said Richard T. Reinhard, executi…

For the last 10 years, govern ment officials and the NFTA have argued back and forth over how to pay for mass transit in Erie Coun ty. Wednesday may have been the day of reckoning. Faced with a $15.4 million budget gap and no immediate prospects of bridging it, the Niaga ra Frontier Transportation Au thority announced a series of ser vice cuts and layoffs for next …

After all the bad news plaguing the NFTA this week, some good news arrived today in the form of figures showing significant in creases in ridership on both Metro Bus and Metro Rail. Alfred H. Savage, executive di rector of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said just-compiled statistics indicate an overall increase of 6.3 percent from April to October …

The NFTA faces dramatic service cuts and layoffs for 22 percent of the agency's workers early next year unless Erie County finds money to overcome a $15.4 million deficit, Executive Director Alfred H. Savage said today.The cutbacks, ranging from elimination of virtual ly all weekend bus and rail service to layoffs of 355 workers, plus a fare hike of 20 cents for rail …

A $60 million annual increase in Western New York's highway program would result if state voters were to approve the $3 billion transportation bond issue Nov. 8, according to the regional director of the state Department of Transportation.Robert J. Russell, who oversees the department's activities in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, said the region'…

Developers of a proposed international truck inspection center for Buffalo's waterfront detailed their project before the NFTA Wednesday, promising a facility that would blend with waterfront development and enhance the city's role in U.S.-Canadian trade.Frank J. McGuire and Frank P. D'Arrigo unveiled plans for their proposed $13 million facility adjacent to the Port …