Senator Schumer was instrumental in CDTA being awarded the Section 5309 Alternatives Analysis grant in the amount of $500,000 ($400,000 federal) to advance planning for the Washington Avenue-Western Avenue BRT project, which was endorsed by the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) in 2011. CDTA is finalizing the Alternatives Analysis process of the Federal Transit Administration’s Small Starts program. Senator Schumer’s support allowed CDTA to obtain over $18 million in federal funds to implement the Route 5 BRT line. All told, the Senator’s commitments funded over 70 percent of the total project cost of just over $25 million.
The Capital District Transportation Authority will hold an open house on Nov. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Milne Hall Room at the University at Albany – Downtown Campus at 135 Western Ave., Albany, to seek public input on the proposed BRT line traveling the Washington-Western corridor.
The other proposed BRT line will cover the 15-mile corridor that connects Albany, Menands, Watervliet Troy, Cohoes and Waterford. The River Corridor has a large, growing employment base and connects to a host of CDTA services, including the other BusPlus lines. The proposed locations account for more than 2 million annual boardings, making it the third-busiest transit corridor in the Capital Region. BusPlus will reduce traffic congestion along Route 32 and stimulate economic development while reducing parking demand in the cities of Albany and Troy.