The Capital District Transportation Authority has scheduled four public hearings on its proposed smart-card and mobile-ticketing plans.
The hearings are a legal requirement as the authority moves toward adopting prepayment policies made possible by a new fare-collection system installed on CDTA buses earlier this year.
One hearing will be held in each of the four counties served by CDTA buses, beginning Monday, Sept. 15, at the main branch of the Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave., Albany. Other hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs; Monday, Sept. 22, at the main branch of the Schenectady County Public Library, 99 Clinton St., Schenectady; and Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St., Troy.
All hearings are scheduled to run from 6 to 8 p.m.
The hearings follow a round of six public meetings to informally explain the plans to the public. Under the proposal, basic fares of $1.50 for regular bus service and $2 for BusPlus service won't change, but there will be new options for prepaying fares with cards other than the existing Swiper card.
CDTA will also have the ability to offer frequent riders special incentives or promotions.