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Robert J. McCarthy


Experts say it's doubtful a new Peace Bridge will span the Niagara River any time in the near future.And despite Gov. Cuomo's plan -- announced here Friday -- to study ways to relieve congestion on the bridge, many believe there won't be a new one for at least a decade.Despite the state's commitment to the study, most knowledgeable observers agree that many interim st…

A citizens group plans to conduct candlelight procession around Delaware Park Lake Wednesday evening to kick off a petition drive seeking the suspension of Parks Commissioner Robert E. Delano.But the Citizens Action of New York may need a permit to conduct the 6 p.m. demonstration, according to police. And the permit would have to be signed by -- you guessed it -- Com…

Erie County can forget its laundry list of requests to Albany until the County Legislature honors a promise to support the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Gov. Cuomo said Friday.The governor condemned the lack of action by county lawmakers, who promised last year to develop a local funding source for the NFTA by Dec. 31. With no action by the Legislature an…

Gov. Cuomo unveiled plans today for a two-year study aimed at finding ways to relieve Niagara River bridge congestion, possibly with a new Peace Bridge.Cuomo told about 100 officials gathered at Peace Bridge Authority offices that the study will explore a number of options, starting with improvements in customs and immigration processing."Our ability to realize the fu…

A co-author of a study suggesting that the NFTA sell its waterfront property and concentrate on its transit operations said Wednesday that the Erie County Legislature is wrong in thinking that the agency is mismanaged."I would have no hesitation in standing before the Erie County Legislature and saying that I believe this is a well-managed authority and getting better…

One of the nation's top consulting firms says the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority should sell its waterfront property and abandon projects not related to providing transportation.The NFTA has inherited so many responsibilities over the years that it has strayed too far from its basic function -- providing mass transportation, according to McKinsey & Company,…

Downtown Buffalo's major employers will be asked to stagger working hours this summer to help relieve congestion expected from the closing of the outbound Skyway and Kensington Expressway.The state Department of Transportation has begun a campaign to persuade employers to take steps to help prevent huge traffic jams when two of the city's main outbound commuter routes…

Proponents of airport expansion labeled it the most important step the area took last year.Others called it a colossal waste of money loaded with question marks.But the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's decision to expand and modernize Greater Buffalo International Airport still looms as the biggest transportation story of 1989. By the time the project's fir…

Gov. Cuomo earmarked $100,000 Tuesday in his 1990-91 budget to audit the NFTA, which could remove a major obstacle to enacting a transit tax in Erie County.While Cuomo's budget does not provide more emergency funds for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, one key area legislator believes some money could continue if the Erie County Legislature devises the ri…

NFTA commissioners today started reviewing the transit agency's proposed $88 million budget, which is up about $10 million, acknowledging they still have no idea if they can balance it.That assurance will not come until the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority learns where it will get about $14 million in revenues from some form of tax and fee plan imposed by the…

The NFTA should seriously consider selling its waterfront land to New York State or private developers, a member of the board of commissioners said Friday.Commissioner Glenn S. Hackett became the first Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority official to recommend selling the NFTA's 400 acres of prime waterfront land, which some estimates say could eventually be wort…

A state safety panel is threatening to withhold a quarterly payment of $53,000 from Blue Bird Coach Lines for its alleged failure to cooperate in an investigation of a Thruway accident that injured 22 West German tourists.Phyllis Hirschberg, a spokeswoman for the Public Transportation Safety Board in Queens, said Blue Bird has failed to provide the board with the bus …

Glenn S. Hackett, an outspoken NFTA representative from Niagara County, appears to be on his way out as a member of the transit agency's Board of Commissioners.Several sources inside and outside the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority have said Gov. Cuomo probably would not reappoint Hackett, whose term expired June 30."I think that is how it is going to happen,…

The NFTA should know in about six weeks if it's a good idea to use Cleveland's old trolley cars to provide rail service to the Tonawandas.The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's board of commissioners voted 8 to 2 Monday to spend $20,000 to hire SSVK Inc. to determine the feasibility of using 1949 trolleys -- about to be retired in the Cleveland area -- to shu…