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Western New York Reps. Announce Nearly Half a Million Dollars in Funding to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

8/26/2011- Today, Western New York Representatives Kathy Hochul (NY-26), Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Louise Slaughter (NY-28) announced that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) has received a Transit Security Grant of $455,766.

"After meeting with NFTA officials today, I was able to see firsthand how crucial the proper funds are to protecting our passengers, keeping our transportation infrastructure safe, but also creating the jobs that will get Western New Yorkers back to work" said Congresswoman Hochul. “As a Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I am on the front lines of our nation's security; learning about the grave threats to our public transportation system each and every day. The grant received by the NFTA this week will ensure our public's ground transportation will have the proper security in place for large events, as well as boost our economy by investing in Western New York jobs.”

"In the post 9/11 world there are increasing demands for vigilance throughout our transportation networks," said Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. "These federal funds in particular will allow for additional resources during local "surge" events, such as First Night on New Year's Eve, the Allentown Arts Festival and other large crowd, higher threat situations. Added security supports a safe experience for visitors and encourages the continuation of events that provide not only community enrichment but economic growth."

“It is imperative that we keep our transportation systems and the traveling public safe which is why I’m so pleased about this funding for the NFTA,” said Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. “The benefits we will enjoy in Western New York thanks to this federal funding designed to protect our community are invaluable.”

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority operates air, sea, and ground transportation facilities within Western New York. The grant awarded this week is intended to provide additional funding for increased police coverage in the transit system during selected holiday periods and special events. The increased police presence is utilized during these higher threat periods as an anti-terrorism effort and provides a greater level of security for the riding public. This is part of the "Surge" efforts that are recommended by the Department of Homeland Security.