Schenectady County

CDTA, Schenectady County announce new partnership

Schenectady County Manager Rory Fluman gets on his CDTA bus to head home in Scotia in front of MVP building on State Street in Schenectady on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Schenectady County Manager Rory Fluman gets on his CDTA bus to head home in Scotia in front of MVP building on State Street in Schenectady on Friday, April 1, 2022.

SCHENECTADY — Schenectady County Senior Probation Officer Beth Hathaway is watching this weekend’s weather, with hopes to take advantage of a new partnership between the Capital District Transportation Authority and the county that would allow her to access bikes to ride. 

On Friday morning, Hathaway was one of around a dozen county employees who stood outside the county offices located at 388 Broadway as the two organizations announced the new collaboration. 

Under the joint effort, Schenectady County would become the first Capital District municipality to join the CDTA’s Universal Access program, which provides unlimited access to the CDTA network. That access offers takes the chance to participate in CDPHP’s Cycle! Bike share program. 

“We’re engaging Schenectady County as a partner in a way that we’ve not been able to engage with them before,” said Carm Basile, the CEO of the CDTA. 

The move puts the interest of county employees first, said Jayme Lahut, chairman of the CDTA board of directors and the executive director of Schenectady Metroplex. 

The measure also brings people downtown, he noted, which in turn supports the businesses in the area. 

Hathaway, who lives in Glenville, sold her bike years ago after determining that her busy street was not conducive to safe bike riding. Gone, too, is the bike rack on her car. 

With this new partnership, though, she can get back into biking again. 

“I thought this would be a nice opportunity to go back on the bike path,” she said. 

So now Hathaway, who had typically biked three to five miles on a trip, can go to Mohawk Harbor, access a bike and head out to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail.

“I think it’s an awesome incentive,” she said, adding that the program enables her to keep living a healthy lifestyle too. 

“Maybe there will be some days we can bike at lunch,” said Marina Pardi, a probation officer and Hathaway’s friend. 

County Manager Rory Fluman sometimes takes the bus to work from his home in Scotia, and Friday morning and afternoon he took advantage of the new program.

“It’s a no-brainer to take the bus,” he said, noting rising costs in gas and the impact that driving a car can have on the environment. 

But on top of that he said the difference between driving or riding the bus for him is only two minutes. 

It’s easy to find the bus schedules, he said, and see when the bus is expected to arrive too. 

Employees can access a pass by going to the human resources department, he said. 

There are 1,100 employees in the county. So far, 100 have taken advantage of the program, he said. 

This new effort by both organizations only expands on their endeavors to provide more access to people too, Fluman said. The county, like others in the region, buys passes from CDTA for people who use various services in the county, including for those who visit the probation and social services departments. That partnership typically costs the county $300,000 to $400,000 a year, Fluman said. 

The county will not pay any additional costs for the new initiative, Fluman said. 

Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on twitter at SB_DailyGazette. 

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