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It appears that the NFTA's Transit Police Department will be spared cuts beyond those already targeted, but the future of the Niagara Falls bus garage remains in doubt as the authority moves toward adoption of a disaster budget Thursday.The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's board of commissioners took no action Monday on a proposal to cut more than the 11 po…

U.S. and Irish government officials are continuing to try to establish the nationality of a man awaiting deportation proceedings in the Erie County Holding Center who claims to be an Irish citizen.Joseph P. O'Donnell, 24, who says he is from County Donegal, Ireland, was detained early Sunday morning by immigration agents after he was taken into custody by Buffalo poli…

NFTA commissioners, on the verge of adopting a budget to close a $15.4 million deficit, are looking at further layoffs in the Transit Police Department and at putting the NFTA's land management operation in private hands.Commissioners are studying proposals to cut the 60-officer, $3.5 million transit police operation beyond the approximately 12 layoffs earmarked in Ex…

A truck inspection station and international trade complex have been proposed for the U.S. side of the Whirlpool Bridge in Niagara Falls.A group of Falls developers wants to build the $90 million complex to handle the increased truck traffic expected as a result of the U.S.-Canada free trade agreement.The plan also involves transforming the top deck of the Whirlpool B…

The U.S.-Canada free trade agreement, expected to result in new movement of goods across the Niagara Frontier, also could mean huge increases in another commodity -- people.The Immigration and Naturalization Service is gearing up for what is expected to be significant numbers of executives moving back and forth across the border as it cuts back the red tape that forme…

It's beginning to look like crunch time for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.Barring a last-minute and unforeseen rescue by the Erie County Legislature, the NFTA next week is expected to adopt a budget that will terminate all night and weekend Metro Bus and Rail service, end or reduce service on 22 bus routes and lay off as many as 365 workers.In addition…

Start thinking about alternative routes, car pools and mass transit, state transportation officials suggest, because in another five weeks, commuting on the Kensington Expressway and other major arteries will be a nightmare.Beginning March 15, the state Department of Transportation will close the inbound section of the Kensington from the Thruway to Grider Street as t…

The state Department of Transportation has decided against extending Route 179 into a full expressway linking Route 5 and the Thruway in Hamburg.The owner of the Gateway Metroport in Lackawanna says that could stymie development at his complex along Route 5 by keeping tandem (double trailer) trucks out of the area, but DOT officials disputed his prediction.Richard E. …

The state Department of Transportation has decided against extending Route 179 into a full expressway linking Route 5 and the Thruway in Hamburg.The owner of the Gateway Metroport in Lackawanna says that could stymie development at his complex along Route 5 by keeping tandem (double trailer) trucks out of the area, but DOT officials disputed his prediction.Richard E. …

A group of influential business and political leaders wants to delay about $32 million in waterfront transportation projects -- some due to start in two months -- until the Horizons Waterfront Commission completes a comprehensive waterfront plan.The projects -- including the $20 million state rehabilitation of the Skyway and Fuhrmann Boulevard plus a $12 million city …

One of Buffalo's oldest industrial sites is being resurrected as a new warehousing and light manufacturing facility by a company that includes the partners planning an international trade center near the Peace Bridge.Peter and Robert Elia, the father and son team that also owns Peace Bridge Cold Storage, have purchased the former Pratt and Letchworth foundry on Tonawa…

When Sharon Webb first heard the proposal to eliminate the NFTA's transit police, she was immediately haunted by some ugly recollections of New York City's subway."I came home to get away from a system like that," said the registered nurse who spent several years working in New York. "I would take the bus because of the (subway's) filth, the crime and the fare beaters…

Gov. Cuomo signed legislation Friday authorizing a $400,000 loan to help finance construction of a transshipment building at Gateway Metroport in Lackawanna, the first building in an $82 million project that Gateway officials say will transform the former Bethlehem Steel complex into a modern port facility.The building will be used by the Niagara Frontier Transportati…

U.S. immigration officials, citing the new dangers smugglers of illegal aliens pose to their human cargoes, will seek stiff penalties against the leader of eight Panamanians arrested near the Whirlpool Bridge in Niagara Falls late Saturday.Benedict J. Ferro, district director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, said he will seek full enforcement of anti-smu…

If the planners of a proposed $200 million international trade center on Buffalo's West Side have their way, the free-trade agreement just negotiated with Canada may prove as significant in the city's history as completion of the Erie Canal.With the pact looming as a potential major influence on the entire Buffalo economy, developers Peter and Robert Elia hope it will…