The second phase of a bus route restructuring — which will increase off-hour service between Schenectady and Latham, among other changes — will kick in Sunday, Nov. 11, the Capital District Transportation Authority has announced.
Changes in Albany County will affect more than a dozen routes in Colonie, Guilderland and other areas outside the city of Albany, where there was route restructuring a year ago.
Implementation also marks the completion of a five-year process to adjust routes to demand in Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Albany counties. Authority officials think the recent changes — many suggested by the public — are a factor in recent ridership gains that are expected to lead to 15 million boardings in 2012-13.
“These changes are part of our larger plan to make our network more efficient and offer better service to the community,” said CDTA Chairwoman Denise Figueroa.
Among the changes suggested by customers that CDTA is implementing are creation of a new Hudson River Express route for Cohoes, Troy and downtown Albany, and a new Suburban Circulator route linking Crossgates Mall, Albany International Airport, and Wolf Road. There will also be new rush hour service between the Altamont-Voorheesville area and downtown Albany.
“The common theme has been the partnership with our customers, area businesses, along with government and community leaders,” said CDTA CEO Carm Basile. “Together, we addressed priorities while working within the resources available to us.”
Among the changes:
• New late night and additional weekend service in Cohoes, Latham, and Watervliet, and between Troy and Schenectady
• Greater service frequency between Troy, Latham, Watervliet and Schenectady on routes 2 and 7
• Express service extended to Cohoes, allowing faster connections to Troy and Albany
• Increased service between Altamont and Voorheesville and downtown Albany during peak commute times
• New service along parts of Fuller Road, Wade Road and Watervliet-Shaker Road
• Improved crosstown connections in Guilderland and Colonie
• New service on Western Avenue, Wolf Road and to Albany International Airport
“In spite of the limited funding, CDTA has worked to create an efficient and reliable transit system connecting more people to jobs throughout the Capital Region,” said Capital District Transportation Committee Chairman John McDonald, the Cohoes mayor.
About 70 percent of ridership is people traveling to and from work, according to CDTA.
More on the Albany County Service Improvement Plan is available at www.cdta.org or through CDTA’s Customer Information Center at 482-8822.