Three busy bus stops on Washington Avenue will be consolidated into one under a nearly $1.7 million contract awarded Wednesday by the Capital District Transportation Authority.
The stops are around Washington Avenue and Lark Street, at the eastern end of the BusPlus route between Schenectady and Albany — the busiest route in CDTA's mass transit system. But the Washington-Lark intersection is also at a hub crossed by 10 other bus routes, where 4,600 people get on or off the bus each day. The surrounding vehicle and pedestrian traffic is heavy.
"The primary intent here is traffic and pedestrian safety, and increasing our waiting area," said CDTA CEO Carm Basile.
Under the plan, westbound stops in front of the Washington Avenue Armory, Lark and Washington and Washington and Dove will be consolidated into one new location, in front of the Albany Public Library, with a larger shelter, a new signalized pedestrian crossing, and a signal that gives the bus priority.
New stops will also be built at Washington and Henry Johnson Boulevard, and Washington and Sprague, and lighting and curb improvements are also planned. Work should start in July, and be finished by November.
The $1.68 million contract was awarded to Callanan Industries of Albany. A $770,000 state Department of Transportation SAFE-NY grant is helping pay for the project.