BRT Overview

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What is BRT?

Bus Rapid Transit provides limited stop service along the busiest travel corridors in the Capital Region. Sleek, efficient buses serve large, comfortable stations and enhanced customer amenities. CDTA has branded BRT service as 'BusPlus' with distinctive signage that signifies premium service including stations, real time information and complimentary Wi-Fi service.

Bus Rapid Transit remains one of the fastest growing service categories in the country. Progressive transit systems use it as an alternative in communities without the level of density and customer volume needed for light rail. The flexibility and build-ability of bus rapid transit systems provides clear connections to economic development in areas where it has been introduced. Bus Rapid Transit service can be a building block to a dedicated right of way system, or eventually to a trolley line or light rail system.

CDTA’s BusPlus service is the first and only Bus Rapid Transit line operating in Upstate New York. The BusPlus BRT Red Line has been operating on Route 5 since April 2011 to critical acclaim and widespread customer acceptance. The award-winning service has resulted in 20% ridership gains and has CDTA positioned to expand BusPlus service to other high volume corridors as part of a plan to develop 40 miles of BRT.

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The Red Line, which links downtown Albany and Schenectady along Route 5, was the first BRT service in upstate New York when it hit the street back in April 2011. The service runs through Colonie and Niskayuna where 15% of the region’s population lives and where 30% of its jobs are located.
The Red Line provides access to regional landmarks including Proctor’s Theater, SUNY Schenectady, Colonie Center, the NYS Capitol Building and Empire State Plaza. The Red Line has just 19 stops-- 80% fewer than the local services that previously served Central Avenue

CDTA's Blue Line first launched in November 2020 providing service connecting downtown Albany with Troy, Cohoes, and Waterford.
Blue Line service runs along two distinct routes, giving customers more options. One route runs from Delaware/Second Avenue in Albany to Cohoes, while the other route goes from Old South Pearl Street in Albany to Waterford. The Blue Line connects to the BRT Red Line serving Route 5 (Central Avenue) and the Purple Line that will operate on the Washington and Western Avenue Corridor. Once complete, the three BRT lines will create a seamless and integrated system that will produce 10 million trips annually.

The Purple Line will connect downtown Albany and Crossgates Mall, stopping at The College of Saint Rose, University at Albany as well as the Harriman campus. The Purple Line will travel along the second busiest transit corridor in the region with over 3 million boardings annually.
The Purple Line will connect with other routes including the Red and Blues Lines in downtown Albany. CDTA The Purple Line offers direct access to key destinations including a dedicated busway between the UAlbany and Harriman campuses.