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CRTC says, “Thank You!” to Annual Fund Drive Donors

A hearty, “Thank you!” to all who responded to our annual year-end fund raiser:

Christopher Beale John Beutel Paul Bond Joan Bozer E. Edward Deutschman George Grasser John Howell Jack Komorowski Robert Lenz Michael Lewyn Richard Olday Joseph Radder Katherine Tarbell David Tocke Seth Triggs Elizabeth Weberg John Weiksnar Sigmund Zakrzewski

CRTC thanks all members and friends who have supported our work with generous donations of time and money throughout the year.

Here’s to a productive and energetic New Year!

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Citizens Regional Transit Corp. aims to improve and expand bus and rail transit for all of WNY through citizen involvement and education.

Join us! Membership dues are fully tax-deductible: corporate $100.00

household

35.00

individual

25.00

student

5.00

send check to:

CITIZENS REGIONAL TRANSIT CORP. c/o Alvin J. Schuster, treasurer 174 Capen Blvd., Amherst, NY 14226

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sketch by Seth Triggs

Richard Sampson and Seth Triggs Receive CRTC Grants

Two students who are currently pursuing a career in urban planning/geography have been awarded grants from the Gordon Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each continues to be actively interested in the work of the CRTC.

Richard Sampson plans to complete his undergraduate degree at The Catholic University of America in May, 2003. He is employed by the Community Transportation of America (www.ctaa.org), where he writes for its quarterly publication, RAIL Magazine. Rich says, I hope to combine the ethos of Gordon's work and the advocacy demonstrated by the CRTC in my future career.”

Seth Triggs is a student in the Geography Department at the University at Buffalo. Public transportation is one of his of research interests. His eventual goal is a degree in geography, with special emphasis on public transportation. He hopes to pursue a career in research and teaching at the college level.

On Track, Here and There

...Kudos to the NFTA for a new advertising campaign. They displayed a banner on the side of the NFTA building this fall: an ad saying, "You relax, I'll drive." Bravo!

...On 12-31-02, NFTA’s Metro Bus offered free shuttle service between First Night venues from 5 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Metro shuttles operated approximately every 10 minutes in both directions along the designated route.

...Charlotte, NC, will build its starter line soon, along South Boulevard, a downtown commercial strip. Real estate purchases are under way, and developers are already buying land in the vicinity of the proposed light rail stations to create new apartment buildings. Construction is scheduled to start this summer. This project is a model of track-sharing with an operating railroad, Norfolk Southern. The historic Charlotte Trolley will continue to operate on the northernmost two miles of track, along with regular light rail service. ...Railfan & Railroad

...A new and attractive intermodal terminal now graces Frederick, Maryland, served by MARC trains (on weekdays), local buses and Greyhound. Tampa, FL, opened its TECO Line historic streetcar daily service on 10-19-02, from downtown to Channelside and Ybor City (2.3 mi.). It is managed by non-profit Tampa Historic Streetcar Inc., and run by the local transit agency, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) extended its Blue line from LBJ/Skillman in Dallas to downtown Garland on 11-18-02 (4.6 mi.). DART expansion of its Red line from Richardson to Plano was planned for 12-9-02. Metrolink commuter trains on the Ventura County, CA, line began serving Montalvo, 5 mi. west of Oxnard, CA, on 11-11-02. ...narprail.org

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