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Metro Bus and Rail service would be drastically cut and perhaps even shut down one month from today if the transit agency does not get emergency funds from New York State and Erie County, NFTA Executive Director Alfred H. Savage warned today.The emergency aid has not been released because a state requirement mandates that a transit funding plan be in place by Dec. 22.…

Gov. Cuomo is expected to propose NFTA reforms soon that would include a part-time chairman and pay cuts for commissioners, several sources said Wednesday.In return, Erie County would be expected to enact a transit tax to support the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the sources said, and would be given representation on the NFTA board of commissioners.The go…

NFTA commissioners temporarily put the brakes on proposals Monday to extend rail service to Tonawanda through the use of recycled Cleveland trolley cars.The board voted, 5-4, against awarding a $20,000 consulting contract to study the proposal. A contingent led by Commissioner Glenn S. Hackett indicated it is not satisfied with the scope of the service as outlined by …

Buffalo's transit police officers say they're tired of the "rent-a-cop" look.That's why Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officers are supporting a proposed switch from their standard brown uniforms to the gray garb familiar to the state police and many sheriff's departments."People have a tough time believing we are police officers," said Officer Michael E. G…

Bert Freed, a veteran reporter for The Buffalo News who had a long association with St. Bonaventure University, died unexpectedly this morning (Nov. 9, 1989) in his Olean home. He was 76.A reporter with countless contacts throughout the state, Freed was the epitome of an "old time" reporter. Chomping on his long cigar, he was a familiar and colorful observer at meetin…

A proposal to privately build a Metro Rail extension to Amherst in time for the 1993 World University Games will be opposed by town government, Amherst Supervisor-elect Daniel J. Ward said Wednesday.Ward, who was swept into the supervisor's office Tuesday on the strength of a "slow development" campaign, said his neighbors in the town's Eggertsville section are especi…

The NFTA appears ready to allow a Buffalo company to begin serious studies aimed at privately financing, designing and building a Metro Rail extension to Amherst in time for the 1993 World University Games.Edward F. Michalik, president of Adrian Development Corp., told Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioners today that his firm seeks a commitment by ye…

The NFTA appears ready to allow a Buffalo company to begin serious studies aimed at privately financing, designing and building a Metro Rail extension to Amherst in time for the 1993 World University Games.Edward F. Michalik, president of Adrian Development Corp., told Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority commissioners today that his firm seeks a commitment by ye…

In Houston, the business community banded together to persuade USAir and other airlines to expand service to an underused airport.In Orlando, Fla., business leaders lured international flights by showing airlines they could make money.And in Rochester, the Chamber of Commerce surveyed its powerful corporate members to determine their aviation needs. It then took those…

Attorneys for Li Jin Lin, the Chinese man who said he illegally entered the United States to spare his wife a forced abortion, are trying to get the government to allow him to remain here for humanitarian reasons.Sister Kathleen A. Rimar, an immigration attorney, said she has filed a "humanitarian parole request" with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The mo…

Some Grand Island commuters are fuming over their inability to cross what appears to be a fully reconstructed southbound South Grand Island Bridge.The bridge, closed since early September for reconstruction, remains the cause of some significant traffic jams this week. And Grand Island Supervisor Marty Pratt says his office has been inundated with callers who see litt…

The NFTA is studying the possibility of buying 1940s-vintage trolley cars from Cleveland with an eye toward starting a Tonawanda rail service as early as 1991.While the project remains in the discussion stage, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority planners believe they could purchase 19 cars, build shelters and construct an overhead electrical wire, and rehabilita…

The mounting pressure for a moratorium on development of the NFTA's waterfront should be rebuffed, the authority's commissioners said today, with one board member threatening to withdraw from the Horizons Waterfront Commission if such a plan is enacted."If this (Horizons) commission passes this resolution, I will ask this board to resign from it," Commissioner Robert …

After seven months and $14.6 million, the inbound lanes of the Kensington Expressway were turned over to Mel Becker and Ed Reed Tuesday.Becker and Reed, both Cheektowaga residents, drove the first two vehicles down the highway's inbound lanes on their way to work. By this afternoon, approximately 80,000 more commuters will travel Buffalo's busiest roadway following a …