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CDTA hosts rally to celebrate ‘outstanding’ accolade

By: Stephen Williams

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Award recognizes authority for its midsize mass transit system

The American Public Transportation Association has named the Capital District Transportation Authority the “outstanding” midsize mass transit system in North America for 2017, officials announced Tuesday.

“Our approach to mobility is leading the pack; the vision we have of being more than just a bus company is working,” CDTA board Chairman David Stackrow said at the University of Albany’s Bob Ford athletic field, where the authority hosted a lively rally to announce the honor. Employees, retirees and a number of local officials attended the event.

CDTA has carried about 17 million riders annually over the past two years, an increase of 25 percent from seven years ago. And, over the past year, it has expanded into bike-sharingdeveloping taxi regulations for the region and has started working toward partnerships with ride-sharing services. The authority is also launching a new mobile payment and electronic payment system.

The CDTA’s busiest route is the BusPlus rapid line between Albany and Schenectady which launched in 2011. Two more BusPlus routes are in development.

“This is an unbelievable accomplishment by 700 people who come to work every day to move people safely, conveniently and reliably across the Capital Region,” said CDTA CEO Carm Basile.

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