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CDTA eyes transit center in Schenectady

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CDTA eyes transit center in Schenectady

The Capital District Transportation Authority is interested in building and operating an “intermodal transit center” in downtown Schenectady at the corner of State and Church streets, according to a recently issued request for proposals and a public presentation last week.

The project site would include the current Adirondack Trailways bus station, which would be demolished; an adjacent, county-owned lot; and part of the newly developed Gateway Plaza, which replaced Liberty Park.

Gateway Plaza is currently the western terminus of CDTA’s sole bus rapid transit line, which links Albany and Schenectady. The stop serves eight routes in total and sees about 1,500 boardings and alightings per day, Christopher Desany, CDTA’s vice president of planning and infrastructure, told the board’s planning and stakeholder relations committee last week.

The new Gateway Transit Center would accommodate both Trailways and CDTA buses and riders. Last week at the committee meeting, a preliminary visual rendering showed the facility situated close to the State St. curb, with space for buses beside and behind it.

The facility would feature an indoor waiting area, public bathrooms, and fare sales, among other amenities.

CDTA, Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority, and Trailways representatives have met at least twice since March to discuss the project, according to CDTA documents.

The request for proposals seeks a consultant team to handle a range of responsibilities related to the project, including producing a final design and construction documents. The project will “likely” receive federal funds, the RFP says. Construction is expected to begin in 2020, according to last week’s presentation.

The project does not yet have an estimated price tag, Metroplex chairman Ray Gillen said in an email, but the “goal is to keep costs low and get [the] project done.”

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