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SCCC students to get a ‘free’ ride during school year

College partners with CDTA to offer bus pilot program

SCCC student Matthan Bird swipes his student ID card as fellow student Deryle McCann looks on. SCCC and CDTA recently signed an agreement for a pilot program offering all SCCC students over 6,000 students to access the entire CDTA route network using college ID cards during the 2011-2012 school year.

SCCC student Matthan Bird swipes his student ID card as fellow student Deryle McCann looks on. SCCC and CDTA recently signed an agreement for a pilot program offering all SCCC students over 6,000 students to access the entire CDTA route network using college ID cards during the 2011-2012 school year. Submitted Photo

— Schenectady County Community College students can step aboard a bus with a simple swipe of their college ID card and at no additional cost.

College officials and the Capital District Transportation Authority on Wednesday, Sept. 7, announced the launch of a pilot program allowing all enrolled to access the whole CDTA route network. The program will be effective during the 2011-12 school year from Sept. 8, 2011 to May 31, 2011. SCCC students would swipe their college issued ID cards. The service would be subsidized through the college’s student activity fee, but the fee wouldn’t increase according to college officials.

Although the fee was increased for the 2011-2012 academic year from $3 to $5 per credit hour for part-time students and from $52 to $60 for full-time students, said Spokeswoman for SCCC Heather Meaney. The fee funds various services for students including special programs on campus YMCA membership and its partnership with Proctors.

SCCC President Quintin Bullock said the program would benefit students already utilizing bus services, but it would encourage other students to take the bus to the college. A BusPlus station is across the street from the college on State Street.

“As our College population has grown to historic numbers, both for traditional and nontraditional students, so has demand for public transportation,” said Bullock in a statement. “Working with CDTA, we are helping meet that demand, allowing students to more expeditiously realize the dream of pursuing a college degree. This is a winning proposition not only for students but the Capital Region as a whole.”

CDTA Chief Executive Officer Carm Basile said the college’s commitment to providing an easy route to using public transportation show its commitment to sustainability. The program aims to also reduce traffic congestion and parking demands on campus, college officials said. Basile even added the partnership could be a boon for enrollment.

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