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and analysis.

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by Jim Heaney

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by Dan Telvock

Tom Toles

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and commentary

Feb
07

Locals chime in on Peace Bridge story

Last week’s story on Investigative Post that reviewed the Public Bridge Authority’s revenue streams along with its U.S. plaza expansion plans sparked some interesting feedback from readers. The story was shared with our media partners —Artvoice and WGRZ — and here are a few of the comments from those two sites: The following comments come […]

Jan
31

Study: Traffic pollution can trigger health woes

A new report issued by World Health Organization can inform discussion on the health impacts of Peace Bridge traffic on nearby residents.

Jan
31

Is traffic—or money—driving Peace Bridge plan?

Public Bridge Authority officials say they’re focused on expanding the Peace Bridge Plaza on the American side because it will improve traffic flow. But a look at the authority’s books reveals another possible motive: Money. While passenger vehicles account for almost 80 percent of bridge traffic, car tolls account for only 21 percent of authority […]

Dec
28

EPA differs with Peace Bridge on air quality

The authority that operates the Peace Bridge and a trio of state agencies maintain that fumes from traffic crossing the bridge have little impact on the health of residents who live nearby. The Environmental Protection Agency disagreed Friday, and backed up those concerns with a grant to the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York to […]

Nov
28

Texting out idling trucks around Peace Bridge

More light may be shed on just how big of a problem idling trucks are for the Lower West Side. The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and the Clean Air Coalition of WNY launched a program this week called Grow 716 that allows people to text a six-digit number whenever they see an idling heavy-duty […]

Nov
25

Q&A: Stephanie Simeon

Stephanie Simeon is executive director of Heart of the City Neighborhoods, a non-profit housing development corporation serving Buffalo’s Lower West Side. Simeon, 31, is a native of Brooklyn who moved to Buffalo to attend the University at Buffalo, where she earned an undergraduate degree in social science and master’s degree in urban planning. She serves […]

Nov
15

Breaking down the idling story

Yes, it’s true that diesel truck engines run cleaner than they did a decade ago. But it doesn’t mean you should go ahead and inhale the fumes from thousands of trucks on a daily basis. There’s a law in New York that prohibits heavy-duty diesel engines from idling for more than five minutes under normal […]

Nov
15

Lax enforcement at the Peace Bridge

Five months after being asked to crack down on idling trucks, state environmental officials have visited the plaza only twice and handed out only a handful of tickets. Story is part of a three-post package.