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>Buffalo State students vote to keep Metro pass

Buffalo State College students will be flashing their College/University Passes to ride Metro Bus and Rail for another two years.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced Thursday that Buffalo State students have voted to keep the special transportation service in place through the 2008-09 academic year.

In the vote, which occurred March 27-30, 83 percent of students voted to continue the program, which is paid for with a $25-per-semester fee.

NFTA Executive Director Lawrence M. Meckler said that in March, Buffalo State students logged 43,136 trips using their passes.

"We know from our increasing ridership numbers that more and more students are taking full advantage of the program," Meckler said.

"It allows our students to have safe and convenient trips around campus and throughout Buffalo," said United Students Government President Matthew Levin-Stankevich.

Since 2005, Buffalo State College has participated in the transit program, which provides students unlimited use of Metro Bus and Rail, as well as special MetroLink shuttle bus service directly from the Elmwood Avenue campus to shopping and entertainment venues.

Canisius, Medaille and Bryant & Stratton colleges also participate in the College/University Pass program. The NFTA is continuing talks with the University at Buffalo to offer the transit program to its students.

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>Architecture professor from China to speak

Walter Nan, professor at the Beijing Institute for Civil Engineering and Architecture, will speak at 5:30 p.m. today in 301 Crosby Hall on the University at Buffalo's South Campus.

Nan has a special interest in Chinese mountainscape architecture and is the author of "Earth Architecture in Northwest China."

The free lecture is sponsored by the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.

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>Schedule announced for Black Rock Lock

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced this year's operation schedule for the Black Rock Lock. The lock sits at the end of the Black Rock Channel, which allows ships to travel between Buffalo Harbor and Tonawanda Harbor, and is a link in the water route between Lake Erie and the Atlantic Ocean.

The lock will be open on the following schedule:

* Through April 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

* From April 29 to May 26, every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* From May 27 to Sept. 29, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

* From Sept. 30 to Nov. 17, every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Starting Nov. 18, the schedule returns to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Commercial shipping will be accommodated around the clock with prior notification. For information, call 879-4403 during operating hours.

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