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Developers of a proposed international trade center unveiled revamped plans today for what could eventually become a $200 million complex near the Peace Bridge devoted to processing international trade and re-establishing Buffalo's prominence as a commerce center.Peter and Robert Elia, the father-and-son team who last May first launched the idea of a "world trade cent…

The executive director of the NFTA is trying to enlist support from the authority's commissioners in a financial maneuver that could lead to acquisition of property near the Greater Buffalo In ternational Airport, according to several sources inside and outside the agency. Although Alfred H. Savage has not asked the commissioners to vote on condemning the former We…

The Niagara Frontier Transpor tation Authority, claiming a $15 million deficit, may begin charging access fees for hundreds of com mercial vehicles using Greater Buffalo International Airport in Cheektowaga.Although no plans are firm, the authority is eyeing hotel vans, off- airport rental-car buses, delivery vans and other vehicles as a po tential revenue source that…

Western New York's state Sen ate incumbents scored a clean sweep Tuesday, breezing to re- election by lopsided margins. Sens. Dale M. Volker, R-De pew; William T. Stachowski, D- Buffalo; Anthony M. Masiello, D- Buffalo; Jess J. Present, R-James town, and John B. Daly, R-Lewis ton, were either unopposed or won new two-year terms handily.The delegation will feature a…

In Syracuse, the people behind the wheels of the new downtown buses don't work for Centro, Cen tral New York's equivalent of the NFTA. Instead, they are private em ployees of Blue Bird Transporta tion Services working under con tract to Centro. In Denver, private contractors recently took over a number of money-losing bus routes and oper ate them at a profit. And …

New York voters appeared to give the green light Tuesday to a four-year, $3 billion bond issue aiming to continue the state's massive program of rebuilding its deteriorating roads and bridges. With 61 percent of the statewide vote counted, the yes votes outnumbered the no votes 1,244,570 to 1,150,279 -- or 52 to 48 percent. While the bond issue was carried statew…

At NFTA headquarters these days, just about everyone has cir cled March 26 on his 1989 calen dars. That's when night and weekend transit service virtually will cease, 26 bus routes will be reduced or eliminated, and 355 employees of the Niagara Frontier Transporta tion Authority will receive pink slips -- unless Erie County or the state supplies some unforeseen source…

At NFTA headquarters these days, just about everyone has cir cled March 26 on his 1989 calen dars. That's when night and weekend transit service virtually will cease, 26 bus routes will be reduced or eliminated, and 355 employees of the Niagara Frontier Transporta tion Authority will receive pink slips -- unless Erie County or the state supplies some unforeseen source…

A stepped-up state highway and bridge repair program would gen erate almost 30,000 new jobs and $222 million in immediate direct benefits, according to a national highway research organization's study released in Buffalo Thurs day.Representatives of TRIP (The Road Information Program), a Washington-based highway orga nization, said at a morning press conference in the…

Buffalo-area refugee shelters are bracing for a potential overflow of aliens awaiting entry to Canada in the face of increasing backlogs and changes in Canadian immigration law.The concern stems from Cana dian hearing dates stretching into April and May for Central Ameri cans and other refugees, as a result of the surge in the number of peo ple seeking to enter Canada…

A stepped-up state highway and bridge repair program would gen erate almost 30,000 new jobs and $222 million in immediate direct benefits, according to a national highway research organization's study released in Buffalo today.Representatives of TRIP (The Road Information Program), a Washington-based highway orga nization, said at a morning press conference in the Hya…

NFTA Chairman Raymond F. Gallagher and six other authority officials probably will not face fed eral charges of political coercion until February, according to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.Meanwhile, the list of defen dants in the case has shrunk from eight to seven. Federal officials said charges have been dropped against James Joynt, an assistant bus shel…

The NFTA should look into shutting down its Metro Rail sys tem in order to avoid massive cut backs proposed for its regional bus system next year, the agency's board of commissioners agreed Monday. But staffers of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority say Commissioner Glenn S. Hack ett's plan stands little chance of being enacted, since closing Metro Rail …

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. …