Gas Prices Force Bus Usage

April 15, 2011 Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 7:59 AM EDT

April 15, 2011 Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 7:59 AM EDT

With the rising price of gas, many consumers need to look for ways to save cash like using public transportation. A report in today's Business First looks at the NFTA's new online calculator that shows how much money you can save by using the bus or metro rail system. The NFTA says a vehicle, at 17 miles per gallon with a 40-mile daily round trip, with gas and parking, will save more than $3,000 a year by using bus or metro rail. The report says the NFTA is one of the first mass-transit systems in the U.S. to offer such a tool.

Buffalo Games Inc. has partnered with Tyson Foods on a new mail-in rebate promotion. Marketing officials tell Business First that research shows women, aged 25-54, buy a lot of party games. They also buy a lot of chicken tenders The six-month, national campaign will kick off in May. Buffalo Games is hoping to sell 20,000 to 30,000 games.

There is a sweet fundraiser taking place tomorrow. Coasters Ice Cream Parlor and Sweet Shop will present its first annual Ice Cream Fest complete with entertainment and the Easter bunny. It will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Western New York. The event runs from noon to 3pm at the Ellicott Creek Plaza on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

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