The easiest way to explain the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is to break the name down into its component parts.
The authority in this case refers to a public benefit corporation set up by New York State in 1967 not to serve stockholders or investors but solely for the good of a community. This community is the Niagara Frontier, the Western-most section of New York State. It includes cities such as Lockport, Lackawanna, Niagara Falls, Buffalo and a large number of towns and villages.
Transportation, in the title, is public and covers land and air travel. There are 40 multi-modal transportation authorities in the U.S. because the model makes a lot of sense.
Doing more with less. The phrase has become a business mantra.The quest for efficiency has always defined the transportation industry, but there are methods for getting more out of every dollar that go beyond smoother engines and tighter timetables. At the NFTA the separate business centers – aviation, public transportation, property – share common services. Human Resources, Legal, Public Affairs and Government Affairs are some examples of departments that would need to exist at each of the airports and transit operations were they to operate on their own. Combining transportation resources under one authority allows those entities to share support services.It lets the NFTA do more with less.
The NFTA comprises the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the Niagara Falls International Airport, Metro Bus and Rail, and the NFTA Transit Police. That is the structure, anyway. The NFTA is really a group of devoted people helping their friends, family, neighbors and complete strangers get where they need to go, whether that’s around the block or around the world.