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James Neiss/staff photographer
Grand Island, NY - Grand Island residents Shirley Louther, who spoke about her memory of the bridges being built and Brian Michael, citizen advocate WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal, joined Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray at a press conference applauding the start of electronic tolling and the eventual removal of the toll barriers.
Grand Island, NY (March 30, 2018) – WNY media are invited to partake in Official “FIRST CAR” motorcade to usher in an era of cashless tolling in Upstate New York.
An antique motorcade from The Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum collection will be in full regalia as the official “FIRST CAR” ushers in an era of cashless tolling in Upstate New York Friday morning. Riding along in the motorcade will be some of the movement’s most outspoken supporters: Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray, citizen activist Brian R. Michel, Niagara Global Tourism Institute Director Patrick Whalen, and Michael and Deborah Billoni of Billoni Associates. Additionally, Gold Star mother and Grand Island resident Shirley Luther partook in the ride bringing full circle a journey she took as one of the first passengers over the Grand Island bridges when they originally opened in 1935.
*SEE ATTACHED FULL PRESS RELEASE*
***Available space on board the motorcade will be offered to the media on a “first come, first served” basis. All others will be welcome to follow the motorcade if they wish.***
When: 8:00 AM Friday, 3/30/2018
Where: 2255 Baseline Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072
8:00 AM Press Conference inside town hall.
8:30 AM Motorcade will leave town hall
1. Motorcade will exit Grand Island town hall and proceed North on 190 N over North Grand Island bridges into Niagara Falls.
2. Motorcade will exit on Buffalo Avenue to turn around and re-enter 190 South and proceed across the island to the south Grand Island bridges.
3. Motorcade will exit in Tonawanda, turn around and proceed back to Grand Island town hall where the motorcade will conclude.
Brian R. Michel, Citizen Advocate
WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal, 716.628.5258