The Capital District Transit Authority (CDTA) provides bus service, including BusPLUS (a version of bus rapid transit), and STAR (paratransit) service for Saratoga, Rensselaer, Albany, and Schenectady county, which have a total population of almost 1 million people. CDTA ridership included over 16.5 million trips for fiscal year 2014. The CDTA Board of Directors lists as its primary mission to
CDTA’s $78 million operating budget draws $44m from public monies, $18m from the fare box, and another $10m from the MRT, among other sources. The cost of fuel now accounts for a full 10% of the operating budget.
The Capital Plan for 2015 is roughly $20m, with 37% ($7.5 million) being spent on Bus Rapid Transit, including a new 40-mile route network and a high-tech fare collection system.
Transit ridership among CDTA constituents is at a 30 year high, and is expected to increase.
Current Board members:
- David M. Stackrow (Chairman), Represents Rensselaer County
- Georgeanna N. Lussier (Vice-Chairwoman), Represents Saratoga County
- Joseph M. Spairana, Jr. (Secretary), Represents Rensselaer County
- Arthur F. Young, Jr. (Treasurer), Represents Albany County
- Lisa Ballout, Represents Saratoga County
- Denise A. Figueroa, Represents Albany County
- Norman L. Miller, Represents Schenectady County
- Thomas M. Owens, Represents Albany County
- Mark G. Gerling, Represents Labor
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