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‘BusPlus’ Brings BRT to the Albany Area

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) in Albany, NY, launched service April 4 on BusPlus, the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in upstate New York. The limited-stop bus route operates between Albany and Schenectady along Central Avenue, the region’s busiest traffic corridor.

Leaders in government, business, and the community joined CDTA representatives March 28 at an event to introduce BusPlus to the public. The new service has several aims: to provide quicker commutes for riders while reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, and stimulating economic development in the Capital Region of New York State.

“We’re proud to offer this innovative mobility option for our community that will connect cities, create jobs, stimulate our economy, and improve the environment,” said CDTA Chairwoman Denise Figueroa. “BusPlus is made possible through the cooperation and support of our government representatives, transportation, community, and business partners.”

BusPlus will make only 18 stops along the 17-mile corridor, compared with 90 stops on the regular bus line that previously operated along Central Avenue. Sleek silver-and-red buses, coupled with premium stations branded as the “Fastest Way to Get Ahead,” will provide a visual signature for the BRT service.


CDTA Chief Executive Officer Carm Basile, right, makes Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) an honorary BusPlus Ambassador by presenting him with a BusPlus cap.

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