CDTC engages with CDTA (Capital District Transportation Authority) to plan for transit. CDTA's BusPlus system evolved from seeds planted in the first New Visions regional transportation plan adopted in the 1990's. Transit planning initiatives have included concept planning and alternatives analysis of three BusPlus lines, one of which is operating on Route 5 between downtown Albany and downtown Schenectady. CDTA regularly assesses and refines its route system including small adjustments related to changes in land use to the complete restructuring of the routes in a community. CDTA is a key partner to CDTC, serving not only as CDTC's host agency but also as a key member of CDTC's Policy Board.
In addition to transit planning, federal transportation legislation requires a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. The plan identifies potential projects for Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program funds available through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as administered by NYSDOT.
The current Coordinated Plan adopted in 2015 includes:
- An inventory and assessment of available services that identifies current transportation providers from the public, private, and non-profit sectors;
- An assessment of transportation needs for individuals with disabilities, older adults, and persons with limited means;
- Strategies to address identified gaps in service and achieve efficiencies in service delivery and eliminate or reduce duplication in services for more efficient utilization of resources;
- Priorities and/or projects based on resources, time, and feasibility for implementing the specific strategies/activities identified.
The Capital District Coordinated Plan was developed with the assistance of the Regional Transportation Coordination Committee (RTCC). The RTCC is maintained by CDTC and composed of representatives of public, private and non-profit human services transportation providers and others. The RTCC guides the implementation of the Coordinated Plan and works toward better integration and coordination of public transit-human service agency transportation services.