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Schumer Backs Expanded 'BusPlus' Service

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The Capital District Transportation Authority's "Bus Plus" initiative got a big boost from a U.S. Senator today.

CDTA rolled out its BusPlus rapid transit service in April 2011 along the Central Avenue corridor, connecting Albany, Colonie, Niskayuna and Schenectady.  New York’s senior Senator, Democrat Chuck Schumer, made an appearance at The College of Saint Rose in Albany.  Schumer announced the plans to launch two new BusPlus routes.

Schumer said he'll make the case for pumping  federal funds into the multi-million dollar initiative. Proponents of the new routes say they will ease traffic congestion, stimulate economic development and reduce parking demand. While CDTA's Carm Basile had no exact timetable for the project, he noted that things are moving forward. 

CDTA will hold an open house at Milne on the downtown UAlbany campus November 12th to seek input on the purple line.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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