Next stop is where, exactly?

cdta bus at the armoryThe TU recently deployed a group of "intrepid" reporters to ride CDTA buses throughout the region. The short story: the bus isn't so bad, but "a stunning lack" of schedules and signs makes for some confusing rides. Somewhere, Qualities of Life in Albany is probably yelling something along the lines of, "Yes! Exactly! That's what I've been saying!"

The thing that was really news to us was way down at the bottom of the story. Apparently you can schedule "a CDTA travel trainer, who can accompany new customers and help them learn the ropes on the spot."

What? If people need a coach to help them ride the bus, that's probably a pretty good indication that the schedules and signs need improvement.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Local transit info now on Google Maps
+ Trippin' with CDTA

Comments

I too was shocked to learn about Travel Trainers! Now that's cute, and ummm.... absolutely indicative of "issues" with the transit system.

Hey, Quality! I enjoy your blog!

I'm getting a kick out of reading the reader comments on the TU story. As an "intrepid" traveler on the CDTA buses, I agree with most of the complaints about leaking buses, bad signage, late (or early!) buses, and mystifying map routes. The thing that gets me are the people that complain about other riders. CDTA can't really control the behavior of it's riders - you just have to put up with it! That's the price you pay for a $2 fare!

Everytime I get lost riding the CDTA buses, I just push the big orange button on my Batsuit. Because that activates my sonar glasses/hologram map and things pretty much work themselves out from there. So I don't know what everyone is complaining about. Babies.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Old routes and faded hamlets

Today's moment of historical cartography: We can across this map the other day -- it's of Albany County, published in 1850 as part of the... (more)

Most educated

You know how we've come to feel about these place rankings, but for what it's worth: A new list has the Albany metro area ranked... (more)

Lunch at Sweet Sue's

If you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, neither should you judge a restaurant by the sign in the window. Sweet Sue's on River... (more)

Help with kitchen renovation design?

M. messages: We are thinking about doing a kitchen renovation. Got the contractor, got a "look" picked out, but kind of clueless about the actual... (more)

Albany I Spy: Center Square

It lives: The Albany I Spy scavenger hunt from Albany Archives and the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau is returning for a second year,... (more)

Recent Comments

... [T]he primary issue is that no one uses intersections correctly as it is, drivers or pedestrians. It's as simple as "pedestrians have the right of way in the crosswalk, so don't act like a jerk and try to run them over when they're in it" for drivers and "wait for the walk signal and cross at crosswalks so you don't hold up traffic like an idiot/get killed" for pedestrians. ...

Morning Blend for Sep 16

...has 3 comments, most recently from JayK

Playing the President. With Jimmy Fallon.

...has 6 comments, most recently from Deb

Help with kitchen renovation design?

...has 4 comments, most recently from Local Designer / Architecture Firm

Lunch at Sweet Sue's

...has 1 comment, most recently from Laura Palmer

Enigma.Co

...has 7 comments, most recently from Jonathan