Welcome to NY5.org!

This web site documents the New York Route 5 Corridor Land Use and Transportation Study, describes the vision which came out of the Study (the "Preferred Future"), and provides you with information on how to support the realization of the "Preferred Future". You will find up-to-date news and events, documents related to the study, and other resources which you can use to better understand how the Preferred Future can be implemented.

About the NY5 Study

Albany, the Village of Colonie, the Town of Colonie, Niskayuna, Schenectady, and the Counties of Albany and Schenectady are connected by New York State Route 5 which consists of Central Avenue and State Street.

Once the Capital District's "main street," the Route 5 Corridor's vitality has been eroded over the last 50 years due to a combination of land use, transportation, social and market shifts in the Capital Region. The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC); the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA); the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT); and the five jurisdictions mentioned above, which depend on the Corridor, have undertaken the NY5 Corridor Land Use & Transportation Study to examine the future of land use and transportation along this 16.5 mile roadway. The Study builds from earlier efforts undertaken in the region in developing New Visions, the regional long-range transportation plan. Examination of land use and transportation concepts in the Rte 5 Corridor considered the following questions:

    1. What do the communities along the corridor wish to achieve in the corridor?

    2. How do these desires compare with the current situation and market-based forecasts for the various segments of the corridor?

    3. How can the communities both provide for an appropriate regional role for the corridor and at the same time recognize and preserve the character of existing residential neighborhoods?

    4. How can the communities help successfully implement CDTC's New Visions recommendations for transportation and land use?

    5. Does the desired future scenario support further investigation of major transit investment (particularly if fixed guideway such as Light Rail Transit were to be part of that scenario) in the corridor, such that CDTC should pursue a Major Investment Study (MIS) in the corridor?

    6. What are the necessary steps toward achieving the desired scenario?

The importance of this study relates both to the critical role the corridor plays in the region and to the value of using the corridor as a prototype for similar work in other corridors. Site design, the need for appropriate infill development, arterial access management for all modes, and transit service issues facing NY 5 are also present or are emerging in many other arterial corridors in the region.

The NY5 Study is unique in that it looks to land use, economic, and social solutions to the region's transportation issues as well as more typical transportation system improvements and policies. In this way, it seeks to improve the quality of life in the Corridor and thereby in the entire region. The goal of this study is to make recommendations which:

  • maximize the effectiveness of public investment in the transportation system;
  • seek to stabilize and invigorate the economy of the five Corridor Communities;
  • are pedestrian and transit-friendly;
  • satisfy the needs of the real estate market, automobile and service access; and,
  • provide a benefit to adjacent mixed-use and residential neighborhoods, and mixed-use and employment districts.