What is BRT?

BRT & NY5 Corridor

Events & Publications


What Is Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)?
Bus rapid transit uses advanced technology and traffic engineering to improve the performance for transit service. BRT systems operate faster, with fewer delays while maximizing convenience for passengers.
 Some BRT Features

Preferential Bus Treatment at Fulton and 3rd in Troy, NY.     • Preferential Treatment: Through computer technology, approaching buses can automatically change a traffic signal to green in order to move through an intersection faster.

    • Express Routes: Buses make fewer local stops and operate as express
    service between major destinations.

By-Pass Lane at Fulton and 3rd in Troy, NY.     • By-Pass Lanes: Special lanes can be provided so buses by-pass congestion at intersections.
    • Faster Fare Collection: Automation can be used in some locations
    to provide faster fare collection.
    • Improved Passenger Information: Displays provide real time information
    to passengers showing vehicle arrival times at stops. This eliminates
    uncertainty for passengers.

 Overall, BRT can make transit an attractive alternative to driving.

BRT and the NY 5 Corridor
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What is the NY 5 BRT Conceptual Design Study?

This study represents the first of several steps towards the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit in the NY 5 Corridor. Bus Rapid Transit was selected among several modes to be part of the “Preferred Future” in the NY 5 Land Use and Transportation Concepts Study complete in 2002. That study envisioned a sophisticated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to bring high-quality transit service to the Corridor Communities and underutilized parcels located around transit stations.

Why is BRT being considered in the NY 5 Corridor?

The NY 5 corridor between Albany and Schenectady is CDTA’s busiest corridor. Routes in the corridor carry 25% of CDTA’s total ridership. Along the corridor, there are travel destinations that range from major workplaces (such as the New York State Capitol, the Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, the Empire State Plaza, One Commerce Plaza, the MVP Health Plan offices and the New York State Department of Transportation’s Region 1 Offices) to major shopping destinations (Colonie Center, Northway Mall and Mohawk Commons) and general retail and service businesses, to residential housing.

As identified in the earlier NY 5 Land Use and Transportation Concepts Study, Bus Rapid Transit is particularly well-suited for the corridor because it can bring rail-like service to the major destinations in the corridor at a much lower cost, with much less disruption, in less time than light rail transit. A BRT system can also take full advantage of new traffic signal technology being installed on NY 5, which can help support preferential treatment of the BRT service. In addition, since NY 5 is readily accessible from both the Northway (in Colonie) and I-890 (in Schenectady), there is the potential for driving to “satellite parking areas” at which BRT can be accessed for travel to the downtowns.

Events & Publications
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The following PDF files are available for download. If you are using a PC, right-click on the link and save the file to your hard drive. Left clicking on the link should open the PDF in your browser's window. WARNING: these are large files and may take a while to download if you have a slow connection speed.

These documents contain information on past meetings and studies involving the creation of Bus Rapid Transit on the NY5 corridor. Feel free to go to the comments section and send us your thoughts on the project.

Study Advisory Committee Meeting 1
NY 5 BRT Conceptual Design Study: Study Advisory Committee Meeting 1

Study Advisory Committee Meeting 2
NY 5 BRT Conceptual Design Study: Study Advisory Committee Meeting 2

Study Advisory Committee Meeting 3
NY 5 BRT Conceptual Design Study: Study Advisory Committee Meeting 3

Deliverable L-M Roadway Measures(4.5 meg PDF)

Deliverable H-K Stations Final Report (7 meg PDF)

Deliverable C-2 Operations Plan (3 meg PDF)

Deliverable N Conceptual Design of NYS Priority Measures (1.3 meg PDF)

Deliverable Q Final Phasing Plan (1/2 meg PDF)

NY 5 BRT Executive Summary Booklet (1.3 meg PDF)

NY 5 Final Open House Brochure (213 KB PDF)