The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) is launching a second bus rapid transit (BRT) along the River Corridor Nov. 8.
The service, which is known as the Blue Line, will connect communities along the Hudson River with limited-stop service that looks and feels like rail service on wheels. Combined weekday frequencies range from 10 to 12 minutes and 15 to 30 minutes during evenings and weekends. It is the second leg of CDTA’s three-line BRT network.
The Blue Line will offer free rides during the month of November so customers can get acclimated to the route network changes and benefits of the new service. Blue Line customers will enjoy fewer stops, faster service and more connections while travelling the 16-mile route between Waterford, Cohoes, Lansingburgh, Troy, Watervliet, Menands and Albany.
In addition to the enhanced service, CDTA has made significant infrastructure improvements along the corridor to benefit transit customers, pedestrians and motorists. This includes new stations with the newest technology, miles of new sidewalks with heated sections near waiting areas, new crosswalks and upgraded signal systems. CDTA also refurbished its Troy facility to house and service the new buses that will run along the River Corridor.
The new line is color coded in silver and blue, making the corridor and the service very distinctive. New buses will travel along the corridor and they will be coordinated with local services.
CDTA held a virtual town hall meeting on Oct. 27 and a news conference to officially roll out River Corridor BRT is scheduled for early November.