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CDTA announces BusPlus express route

"All these elements are going to make for a better customer experience for them," she said. "If they're coming from downtown Albany or downtown Schenectady, they're only stopping no more than 18 times, and it may be less if people aren't at the stations."

There will be a local service that will complement the main service, Janack said, where routes will be split between the main transfer station, Colonie Center mall, with one line going to Schenectady and the other going to Albany. The BRT service would be traveling straight through.

With Colonie Center being the main transfer station, General Manager Ken Huge said the mall will provide whatever information is necessary to patrons at the mall at their Guest Services department.

"We always have information here at our guest services regarding bus stops and the routes so people can get from here to wherever they need to go, and vice versa," he said. "So we'll do anything we can do to help in getting the word out. Especially as far as the stops are related along Central Avenue and whatever impact it might have of the Wolf Road side. We'll be glad to help CDTA out with that."

Colonie Town Supervisor Paula Mahan said the new service presented by CDTA will not only be good for residents but also the environment.

Mahan said the town is working closely with CDTA in implementing this program.

"We have to make sure people are aware so they can travel safely and so our police department will be aware of the traffic patterns," she said, adding that this is a result of stimulus funds being used to improve travel between Albany and Schenectady. "It's a whole collaborative effort between all of the communities as well as the Department of Transportation and CDTA."

Janack said CDTA encourages people to purchase pre-paid passes as they will still be paying the normal $1.50 a ride or less depending on their amount of travel. CDTA will also be offering the new BusPlus service for free from April 4 to April 18.

"We encourage everyone to give it a try during that two-week free period," she said. ""

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