CDTA has a bunch of schedule adjustments set to start August 28. The transit org is touting the adjustments as "the largest set of service enhancements" it's rolled out during the last five years.
Many of the adjustments are aimed at increasing the frequency of buses. One that caught our eye right away: During the UAlbany school year, the #12 bus that runs along Washington Ave between downtown Albany and Crossgates will have a frequency of every 8 minutes from 2-6 pm on weekdays (current frequency is 10 minutes). If CDTA can keep that up, it would be a remarkably short time period between buses.
A list of the service adjustments is after the jump.
CDTA is coming another fiscal year in which it posted record-high ridership, thanks in part to the "universal access" agreements its reached with many institutions during the last few years. Ridership is up 25 percent over the last five years.
By the way: If you ride the bus and have a smartphone, it's definitely worth downloading the CDTA iRide app which has realtime projections of when buses will arrive at specific stops. (Tip: Save your frequent stops in the app's favorite stops listing. Next time you're at the stop, just punch in the code number for the stop -- it's printed on the bus stop sign.)
We use it all time, and it's become such an automatic check that it's hard imagine riding the bus without it.
From a CDTA press release:
+ Route #10 (Western Avenue): Weekday frequency between 1:30pm-3pm will increase from every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes.
+ Route #12 (Washington Avenue): Weekday frequency between 2pm-6pm during UAlbany school year will increase from every 10 minutes to every 8 minutes.
+ Route #13 (New Scotland Avenue): All buses will serve Albany Medical College on New Scotland Avenue. New waiting areas and amenities have been installed adjacent to the facility.
+ Route #22 (Albany-Troy-Watervliet): Weekday frequency will be improved throughout the day, mostly increasing from every 20 minutes to every 15 minutes.
+ Route #85 (Waterford-Troy): Weekday frequency between 7pm-9:30pm will increase from every 45 minutes to every 30 minutes. Sunday service will operate from 8am-9:30pm.
+ Route #100 (Mid-City Belt): Weekday frequency between 6am-7:30am and 10am-2:30pm will increase from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes. Sunday service will operate from 7:45am-9:45pm.
+ Route #370 (Troy-Schenectady): Frequency on Saturday between 8am-5pm will increase from every 60 minutes to every 40 minutes.
+ Route #905 (Albany-Schenectady): Weekday frequency will be improved throughout the day, mostly increasing from every 12 minutes to every 10 minutes. Weeknight service will extend to 1:15 a.m.
+ Route #116 (Mt. Hope/Albany South End): Weekday trips between 10:10am-11:18am and 1:10pm-1:55pm will be discontinued.
+ Route #155 (Suburban Circulator): Weekday trips between 9:00am-11:15pm, 12:30pm-2:15pm, and after 6:30pm will be discontinued. Saturday service between 6am-7pm will be reduced from 45 to 90 minutes.
+ Route #182 (Troy-Cohoes-Latham): minor time adjustments will be made throughout the schedule to improve service reliability.
+ Route #351 (VanVranken and Broadway): Franklin Street stops will be removed. Reroute along State Street.
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