The Capital District Transportation Authority's "Bus Plus" initiative got a big boost from a U.S. Senator today.
CDTA rolled out its BusPlus rapid transit service in April 2011 along the Central Avenue corridor, connecting Albany, Colonie, Niskayuna and Schenectady. New York’s senior Senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer, made an appearance at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. Schumer announced the plans to launch two new BusPlus routes.
Schumer said he'll make the case for pumping federal funds into the multi-million dollar initiative. Proponents of the new routes say they will ease traffic congestion, stimulate economic development and reduce parking demand. While CDTA's Carm Basile had no exact timetable for the project, he noted that things are moving forward.
CDTA will hold an open house at Milne on the downtown UAlbany campus November 12th to seek input on the purple line.