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Schenectady CDTA shuttle to start

Schenectady CDTA shuttle to start

It will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
Schenectady CDTA shuttle to start
The free shuttle will run between downtown Schenectady and Mohawk Harbor.
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ

SCHENECTADY — The launch of of a free shuttle service between downtown Schenectady and Mohawk Harbor will be announced Tuesday morning by city officials and the Capital District Transportation Authority. Service is expected to start Thursday.

A press conference to unveil details of the "Electric City Trolley" will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Proctors on State Street, with those expected to attend including Mayor Gary McCarthy, county leaders, CDTA officials and representatives of Mohawk Harbor and the Rivers Casino & Resort.

Plans for the shuttle service — underwritten by Schenectady Metroplex and business partners — were first revealed in January, shortly before the casino opened at Mohawk Harbor. The plan is to use the shuttle to link visitors to the city's hotels, the casino and other attractions at Mohawk Harbor to the downtown scene anchored by Proctors and a number of restaurants.

The service will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

CDTA officials said a new mobile application developed by Schenectady transportation software company Transfinder will provide real-time information on the trolley's location, as well as points of interest on the route. The small bus will resemble a trolley, similar to the shuttle buses CDTA uses in Saratoga Springs during the summer tourist season.

Two weeks ago, CDTA launched a free downtown Albany shuttle service.

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