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TOLL PLAZA STUDY FOR THRUWAY MAY TAKE YEAR

A study dealing with Thruway toll plazas in the Buffalo area could take a year to complete, the executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Committee said Wednesday.

The committee's Planning and Coordinating Committee still must consider the request from State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew.

Volker has asked for an expedited review by the NFTC, which is expected to change its name soon to the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council.

"It's wonderful Sen. Volker has asked for the study," said Charles N. Frederiksen, executive director of the NFTC. "There is a process (for considering the request)."

Frederiksen said the committee receives many requests, and only agrees to undertake projects by consensus or a unanimous vote.

"This study requires a midyear change in our budget," he said.

"I am pleased that the New York State Thruway Authority is working with the executive staff of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Committee to approve my request," Volker said.

Volker has asked that the traffic study of area toll plazas, which may include issues such as noise and air pollution, become part of the NFTC's long range plan update.

"It's still going to take a year," Frederiksen said.

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