CDTA route and stop changes

Thumbnail image for Busatoga.jpgCDTA is in the process of pruning its routes. Some lightly-used lines are being pared back. And some stops are being consolidated to "reduce travel-times and improve on-time performance."

The list of changes is after the jump. It looks like most of the stop consolidations will be in Albany and Troy.

Route changes

Albany

Troy

  • Route 224 (formerly #24) Albany-Troy-Rensselaer (runs from Troy to ESP)
  • Route 90 Troy- Latham-Crossgates (runs from Troy to Crossgates, stops at Latham Circle, Latham Farms and Wolf Rd)
  • Route 286 RPI Shuttle
  • Route 289 (formerly #89 and #84) - Griswold Heights and Watervliet Belt (#89 and #84 service will consolidate to form #289)

Schenectady

  • Route 830 Duanesburg (eliminated -- Tuesday only)


Stop consolidations

Stops slated for elimination will be marked with a blue bag over their signs.

Comments

This might be the final nail in the coffin for Latham Circle Mall... I don't see how Burlington Coat Factory (or anything else there besides JC Penny) can stay in business.

I really can't believe CDTA made these changes without any chance for public input (or maybe I can believe it...nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to government service provision in NYS). Route 24, which is the only bus to service portions of Rensselaer and East Greenbush, is being completely re-routed out of those areas. This is yet another example of the sorry status of mass transit in the region -- poor service, limited availability, and bottom-line business decision that are an injustice to those who depend on buses.

Is that it for an Albany-Cohoes direct line? I don't use it, but still, that ain't right. They could've just trimmed it back to fewer runs.

Ryan, they're not cutting out or even reducing the frequency of the 29; the only change is that the Latham Circle stops have been removed from the route. The same is true of the 90. (The 70 was changed to remove the Latham Circle stops back in May.)

(Compare the new schedule: http://www.cdta.org/pdfs/September%202009%20route%20changes/Route%2029%20Sept%202009.pdf to the old one: http://cdta.org/pdfs/riding/routes/Route_29.pdf )

Latham Circle Mall has been on its way to dying for years; I don't think that bus service to it, or lack thereof, will make much difference. However, those of us riding through definitely appreciate the reduction in travel time. (And, until it dies entirely, we can always hike over from Latham Farms. It's not necessarily pleasant, but it can be done.)

Tell CDTA how you feel about this on their under-utilized blog at http://blog.cdta.org/default.aspx

CDTA is marketing the elimination of bus stops as "onsolidation" and "improved service" Orwell would be proud.

While I will disagree with decreasing service to underserved areas, I am 100% for stop consolidation. When I was studying in Denmark, the buses all arrived exactly when they were supposed to, every stop, every day. Upon opting to ride the bus to work everyday here, despite a thorough Troy-to-Albany schedule, the same bus would have a swing time of anywhere from being 5 minutes early to 10 minutes late. I realized that this is because the 22 has stops nearly every block. When you think about the number of variables that puts into the ride, it's no wonder the schedule is so erratic. The Danish bus system may have had made you walk a little farther for your bus, but it actually came when it was supposed to and took you where you needed to go on time. This move will help CDTA gain some trust back in my book.

I have no problem with stop consolidation, I do have a problem with burying service elimination in this so-called effort to "reduce travel-times and improve on-time performance."

i am furious that CDTA is changing its route pattern. I work at St. Peters and it will be inconvience for me and many others.
Its all about the almighty dollar and CDTA doesnt care.
Shame on You CDTA!!!!!
I have complained about the drivers and they are either early or late and the supervisors dont care.

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