Trippin' with CDTA

CDTA trip planner logoOne of the problems with public transportation in Albany has always been the wait. Yes, there were timetables and schedules available, but it felt like you needed a secret decoder ring to read them. And waiting for a bus -- seemingly at random -- in Upstate New York in February is NOT fun. But suddenly, it seems like the folks at CDTA not only want you to take the bus -- they want to make it easy.

First the expanded service to Saratoga and now there's this CDTA trip planner. It's kind of like Expedia, only for buses in the Capital District. You can plan trips anywhere in the CDTA coverage area by either shortest walk, fastest trip, or fewest number of transfers. You can select an intersection or a landmark as your start point or destination. If you want to go to a park in Troy, you select "park" and the names of all the city's parks just pop up. The best part though, is that the trip planner tells you what time to catch the bus, no secret decoder ring required. It looks cool and easy to use. We haven't tried it yet, but a test "ride" is definitely in our future.

(Thanks for the tip, Stephen!)

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