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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

— “Our experience shows that increasing access through public transportation services directly contributes to greater school enrollment and enriches student campus life,” Basile said.

Spokeswoman for CDTA Margo Janack said ridership increases from 15 to 25 percent for schools implementing a transportation agreement. The cost of the program is $15,000 per semester during the 2011-12 school year.

CDTA currently has universal access partnerships with six educational institutions in the Capital Region including the University of Albany, College of Saint Rose, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Russell Sage College, Skidmore College and Albany High School.

“This arrangement includes access to 60-plus regular routes of the buses,” Janack said. “It increases our ridership and value and service to the community … public transportation helps stimulate the economy.”

Last year, SCCC added six bike racks to accommodate 24 safe parking spaces through CDTA’s discount bike rack program, which also expands environmental- friendly transportation. The college’s partnership is compatible with CDTA’s Bikeable Bus program, which all 250 buses are equipped with a double bike rack.

“This even increase accessibility further by giving students more transportation options,” Janack said about the bike racks on campus.

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