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On a day that coincidentally saw wind cause havoc throughout the Buffalo area, NFTA staffers conclud ed there's not much anyone can do to alleviate wind problems in the down town transit mall.After the Niagara Frontier Trans portation Authority's board of com missioners last year directed staffers to take another look at Main Street wind problems, a report presented a…

After all the bad news plaguing the NFTA this week, some good news arrived Thursday: figures show significant increases in the number of riders on both Metro Bus and Metro Rail. Alfred H. Savage, executive di rector of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said just-compiled statistics indicate an overall increase of 6.3 percent from April to October of this …

Economic development offi cials and downtown business lead ers predicted disaster Wednesday in the wake of the NFTA's plans for drastic service cuts next year without a dedicated source of rev enue to close its $15.4 million budget deficit. "I think that the drastic reduc tions in service would be a disas ter for downtown Buffalo," said Richard T. Reinhard, executi…

For the last 10 years, govern ment officials and the NFTA have argued back and forth over how to pay for mass transit in Erie Coun ty. Wednesday may have been the day of reckoning. Faced with a $15.4 million budget gap and no immediate prospects of bridging it, the Niaga ra Frontier Transportation Au thority announced a series of ser vice cuts and layoffs for next …

After all the bad news plaguing the NFTA this week, some good news arrived today in the form of figures showing significant in creases in ridership on both Metro Bus and Metro Rail. Alfred H. Savage, executive di rector of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said just-compiled statistics indicate an overall increase of 6.3 percent from April to October …

The NFTA faces dramatic service cuts and layoffs for 22 percent of the agency's workers early next year unless Erie County finds money to overcome a $15.4 million deficit, Executive Director Alfred H. Savage said today.The cutbacks, ranging from elimination of virtual ly all weekend bus and rail service to layoffs of 355 workers, plus a fare hike of 20 cents for rail …

A $60 million annual increase in Western New York's highway program would result if state voters were to approve the $3 billion transportation bond issue Nov. 8, according to the regional director of the state Department of Transportation.Robert J. Russell, who oversees the department's activities in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, said the region'…

Developers of a proposed international truck inspection center for Buffalo's waterfront detailed their project before the NFTA Wednesday, promising a facility that would blend with waterfront development and enhance the city's role in U.S.-Canadian trade.Frank J. McGuire and Frank P. D'Arrigo unveiled plans for their proposed $13 million facility adjacent to the Port …

Developers of a proposed inter national truck inspection center for Buffalo's waterfront detailed their project before the NFTA to day, promising a facility that would blend with waterfront de velopment and enhance the city's role in U.S.-Canadian trade.Frank J. McGuire and Frank P. D'Arrigo unveiled plans for their proposed $13 million facility adja cent to the Port …

For Grand Island commuter Michael J. Hagen, life suddenly has begun to revolve around the Grand Island bridges.Hagen, a Marine Midland vice president, finds himself rising half an hour earlier each morning, paying close attention to the radio traffic reports and traveling over selected alternative routes and "secret short cuts" in the daily struggle to shorten the wai…

The Ellicott Street entrance to the Metro Transportation Center in downtown Buffalo will close to the traveling public next year as a result of an NFTA office expansion project set to begin in November 1989.The project will provide 7,100 square feet of office space to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which needs more room as a result of departmental reor…

Terrence McTigue remembers that September night in 1976 all too well.As one of the New York Police Department's bomb squad experts, he and several other officers had removed a bomb planted by Croatian nationalists in Grand Central Terminal and were attempting to disarm it in a Bronx disposal area. Then it exploded.His partner, Officer Brian Murray, 27, the father of t…

Twelve years ago, Yugoslavian-born Frane Pesut held the world's attention for two days as he and four other Croatian nationalists hijacked an airliner over Buffalo and began an odyssey from North America to Europe.Today, after completing 12 years of a 30-year prison sentence, he sits in a Buffalo jail, a man without a country as immigration officials try to deport him…

Buffalo's transit police force will receive paychecks almost 17 percent richer by next April, a raise one NFTA commissioner complained Monday is excessive.The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board of commissioners Monday voted 10 to 1 to approve a contract with the transit police, calling for the two-year pact to be phased in by April 1.It involves pay raise…