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CDTA Begins Rear-Door Boardings To Promote Social Distancing

WAMC File photo of a CDTA Bus
Dave Lucas

Beginning Monday, CDTA will temporarily move to rear-door boarding and exiting on its fleet of Capital Region buses.

If you need to take public transportation that is "urgent and necessary" as per Governor Andrew Cuomo's orders, CDTA is continuing to run city bus service on a modified schedule.
With the new back door boarding process, fare collection will be suspended.
CDTA has already implemented a socialdistancing policy on all vehicles.
This means keeping 6 feet from other customers and the bus operator when possible. Vehicles are also being cleaned more frequently.

More information from CDTA:

CDTA has implemented a modified weekday service schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This schedule, which was introduced on Monday, March 30, is in place for all regular route services. STAR (paratransit), which is a critical transportation option for people who need to travel to medical and other urgent appointments, continues to operate on a weekday schedule.

The modified schedule uses Saturday service as its base, and adds several essential routes that serve medical facilities, grocery stores or other locations for essential trips.

Information on updated service schedules, rear-door access and other things that CDTA is doing to respond to COVID-19 can be found on our website at www.cdta.org.

Customers with questions should call our customer service center at 518-482-8822. They can also stay up to date with service changes through our social media sites, Facebook (@ridecdta) and Twitter (@ridecdta)

The CDTA Sales Window at 85 Watervliet Avenue, Albany will be closed beginning April 6, until further notice. The lobby of CDTA at 110 Watervliet Avenue, Albany is open from 9am-3pm until further notice.

The CDTA Rensselaer Rail Station is open for operation, however there are very limited travel options available. The Grind and Brew cafe is temporarily closed in accordance with Governor Cuomo's executive orders. CDTA urges customers to verify travel plans before heading to the station. CDTA has postponed parking rate increases that were scheduled to go into effect in early April. Further information will be provided prior to those changes going into effect.

The Saratoga Springs Train Station will be closed beginning April 6 until further notice.

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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