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CDTA seeks federal funds to add two new lines

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- CDTA officials are looking to add two new Bus Rapid Transit lines to the Capital Region in addition to the current red line along the Route 5 corridor connecting Albany and Schenectady. 

CDTA says it is a quicker method for people to get around and officials have seen an increase in ridership by more than 30 percent since it was introduced two years ago.

Now, CDTA along with Senator Charles Schumer are trying to secure federal funding through a grant program to make these proposals a reality.

The plan would be to add 40 additional miles of bus rapid transit with a purple line connecting Downtown Albany through the Washington and Western Avenues and a blue line connecting downtown Albany to downtown Troy. 

"It really is service that mimics rail service. That is what people want. They want something that resembles light rail. This region isn't ready for a light rail line but they are sure as heck ready for a rapid bus transit service," said Carm basile, CEO of CDTA.

CDTA will be competing for federal funding with other cities.

Jesse Rawson, a sophomore at the College of St. Rose says he rides the Red Line five to six times a week. He says adding the purple line would really help students save money since they can ride the CTDA buses for free.

CDTA officials say adding the two new lines will reduce traffic congestion and in the long run will have a positive impact on the economy, environment and quality-of-life for students and residents in the Capital Region. 

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