Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Buffalo transit service cuts approved

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Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Monday approved service cuts and the elimination of 170 jobs in an attempt to address a $14.7 million budget deficit.

NFTA’s new $197.9 million budget, which takes effect April, will include reduced service for both light rail and bus riders, with some rural Buffalo-area bus routes eliminated and other suburban and city routes reduced significantly. Light rail service will end at 8 p.m. most Sundays, except for special events.

Some NFTA board members expressed concern that the service reductions will adversely impact reverse commuter flow to jobs in the Buffalo suburbs.