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Regional transportation officials announced Friday the start of work on a series of road projects, including rehabilitation of the Youngmann Highway.Work will begin Monday morning on the summer-long Youngmann project, the state Department of Transportation said.Jack Carone, engineer in charge, said the right lane of the westbound section between Colvin Avenue and Mili…

Robert D. Gioia, NFTA chairman, announced Wednesday he will lead a national search to find a replacement for departing Executive Director Alfred H. Savage.Gioia said the group hopes to find a new executive director in the next 60 to 90 days.Although he and several other commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority have indicated a preference for a lo…

He is one of New York State's highest paid officials, inspires intense loyalty in his employees and is internationally respected in the transit industry.Now Alf Savage, for the past three years executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, is preparing to take those credentials from Buffalo to the bright lights of Chicago.The move, he says, is b…

Midway through the Thursday news conference announcing his appointment as interim NFTA executive director, Dominic J. Terranova broke into a wide grin at what he heard whispered through the doorway."It's a boy," said Anne Marie Higgins, his secretary.The news of his seventh grandchild's arrival made it a big day for the 61-year-old attorney, who was unanimously appoin…

NFTA general counsel Dominic J. Terranova will serve as the transit agency's interim executive director beginning April 30.Robert D. Gioia, chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, announced Terranova's appointment this morning, following a 90-minute closed-door meeting of the board of commissioners. He will replace, on an interim basis, Alfred H. Sa…

WANTED: A candidate to lead the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. Transit superstars need not apply.That could be the ad seeking a successor to Alfred H. Savage as NFTA executive director, according to several members of the authority's board and officials. Most seem to think the agency's next leader head need not equal Savage in stature in transit circles or…

Assemblyman William B. Hoyt is introducing legislation he says could rejuvenate New York State's rail system to heights far beyond the glory days of railroading.The Buffalo Democrat is seeking a feasibility study of passenger rail service at speeds of up to 150 mph, or of possibly linking the state's major cities through new magnetic-levitation technology at speeds of…

For years, Ronald J. Anthony found himself on the short end of countless 10-to-1 votes when NFTA commissioners sat down to decide matters.Defending fiscal conservatism and often the lone dissenter on many Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority issues, his influence was negligible.But last week Anthony emerged as a new force on the board. With almost unanimous backi…

Erie and Niagara County residents are without transit service today despite a last-hour plea from one commissioner and three county leaders to keep Metro Bus and Rail running.The 6-2 vote came at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday following a day of proposals and counterproposals. It means that about 135,000 riders will not have service when the workweek resumes Monday.It also …

NFTA commissioners plan to meet in an emergency session tonight -- just 4 1/2 hours before the scheduled shutdown of transit service. But no clear-cut scenario for averting the shutdown had emerged as of Friday night."It's still unclear what we're going to do," said Robert D. Gioia, chairman of the authority. "But all of us feel we owe it to the community to at l…

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority appears ready to give a break to the owners of the financially troubled Shooters Restaurant.The NFTA's Operations Committee Thursday authorized staff to negotiate a new agreement with EDB Inc., which owns Shooters and leases the restaurant site from the NFTA, after the firm acknowledged that it cannot meet a June 1 deadlin…

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioners approved a series of cuts Tuesday while adopting an $81 million budget, $6 million less than the one proposed in January by Executive Director Alfred H. Savage.The spending plan, adopted by a 6-1 vote, includes trimming almost 40 positions, eliminating vehicles for several managers and slashing several new positi…

With a County Legislature vote on transit funding set for Wednesday, Erie County's requirement for a contract spelling out terms of the plan may be a last-minute stumbling block for some NFTA commissioners.At least two commissioners of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority raised questions Monday about county legislators' demands that the NFTA enter into a con…

Hugh Leo Carey, the former governor of New York State, now says he was wrong to separate his public stand on abortion from the convictions of his conscience.He was wrong to abhor abortion as a Catholic but to support it as a public official, he says, and wrong not to do more as governor to prevent it.In January, Carey journeyed to the State Capitol to make his most pu…