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Quiet, please Feds and regional transportation agency offer noise-abatement help near airport

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority have joined hands, and funds, to create a 10-year, $60 million program to minimize the noise that residents around NFTA's Buffalo Niagara International Airport must put up with.

And nobody had to file a lawsuit to get it. Good job, government.

Insulation and multi-layer windows, storm doors and updated heating and air conditioning systems are being offered to homeowners, apartment-dwellers and owners of other buildings subject to the roar and rattle of arriving and departing jets at the Cheektowaga airport. Airport managers also will seek to fine-tune their operations to minimize the noise during night hours.

The improvements are free to landowners, as the FAA offers 80 percent of the funds and the NFTA the rest. All the beneficiaries have to do is promise not to sue the airport over noise or related issues -- which, in recent years, nobody was doing anyway.

This is a good example of activist government that really helps the people government is supposed to serve. The people who run the airport, and the people who supervise airport operations nationwide, already know what a pain it can be to live so near a modern jetport. Action that ameliorates the discomfort helps keep everyone happy and minimizes conflict between these important centers of interstate commerce and their host communities.


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