NFTA lobbies for financial help

February 13, 2012 Updated Feb 13, 2012 at 8:19 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First

February 13, 2012 Updated Feb 13, 2012 at 8:19 AM EDT

Officials from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will be in Albany Monday trying to convince lawmakers of the need for added funding to the agency.

The NFTA, faced with a significant reduction in state aid, may cut service, raise fares, or both to its bus and light rail lines. Part of their lobbying effort will involve receiving more low-cost power from the Niagara Power Project to help close a budget gap of $7.1 million. They will also request that the state release another $2.75 million in what's known as Dedicated Transit Funding.

Executive Director Kimberley Minkel and three other top NFTA leaders will meet with the local delegation to the state Legislature. Meantime, the NFTA board will meet in special session Thursday, Feb. 16, to discuss public responses to changes in service.

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