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.