SCHENECTADY — A parking lot that was once home to the city’s bus station along State Street is poised to become a $5 million transportation hub for the Capital District Transportation Authority — an investment officials say will make it easier to travel throughout Schenectady County and beyond.
CDTA is planning to transform 22 State St. into what is being called the Gateway Mobility Hub, or a one-stop shop for all the transportation authority’s services, including bus lines, e-scooters, the CDPHP Cycle! bike-share program and a new car-share program that will allow users to rent a car using a mobile app and is still in the early stages of being rolled out.
Plans also call for building three bus bays and four charging stations for electric vehicles with construction to be completed sometime early next year, according to CDTA CEO Carm Basile, who announced the project during a media event Monday.
“We’ll basically, under one roof, have everything you need to travel around the Capital Region,” Basile said.
The project will provide easy access to all of CDTA services and will help attract new customers in the future, Basile said.
The project is expected to cost $5 million, though Basile said that price is subject to change once final bids are received. Federal funds will cover 80% of the construction cost and CDTA will pick up the remaining balance.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., was in town to announce the project, where he touted $296 million in funding secured for CDTA in recent years, including $121 million as part of a trio of coronavirus-relief bills; $61 million grant through the federal Department of Transportation to expand rapid transit service in Albany; and $113.9 million increase in federal funding over the next five years as part of the infrastructure bill approved by Congress last year.
Schumer, the Senate majority leader, said the federal funding will help transform transportation throughout the Capital Region and would contribute to the redevelopment of downtown Schenectady, which has seen significant investment in recent years.
“Today we begin a historic transportation transformation in downtown Schenectady,” Schumer said. “We’re not only transforming another key address here on State Street, we’re making it easier and more enjoyable for people to get to downtown Schenectady.”
The transportation hub will sit between SUNY Schenectady and the Artisan Mill District.
Prior to becoming a parking lot, the property was home to the Trailways Bus station, which had fallen into disrepair and was rendered obsolete by the proliferation of online ticket purchases.
The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority purchased the property and razed the building last year.
Both Trailways and Greyhound bus services still pick up riders from the location, and services are expected to continue once the project is completed.
The project marks the latest investment along the lower State Street corridor, which has seen millions in new development in recent years and is poised to see millions more moving forward.
In addition to the $40 million Artisan Mill District, the first phase of the Electric City Apartments complex was completed in 2019 and a second phase is expected to break ground in the near future.
More recently, Cass Hill Development Co. of Latham received site plan approval to renovate the Wedgeway Building at the corner of State Street and Erie Boulevard.
Plans call for restoring the historic building to its glory days and adding a six-story addition to the north end along Erie Boulevard. Once complete, the building will feature 80 apartment units on the upper floors and 14,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor.
Mayor Gary McCarthy said the redevelopment of the downtown area wouldn’t be possible without good partnerships and praised Schumer’s leadership.
“This is based on partnerships,” he said. “It’s working together.”
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