CDTC coordinates with CDTA (Capital District Transportation Authority) to plan for public transit in the Capital Region. Transit planning initiatives have included concept planning and alternatives analysis of three BusPlus lines, the Route 5 (Red line) which has been in operation since 2011 and the River (Blue line) and Washington/Western (Purple line) Corridors which are at various stages of construction. River Corridor is expected to open in late 2020 while Washington/Western is likely to open in 2021. CDTC supports CDTA through a Bus Rapit Transit and Travel Demand Management set-aside along with regularly coordinating with federal funding programs through the Federal Transit Administration. CDTA is a key Policy Board member for CDTC and also serves as CDTC's host agency.
Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan
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 2019 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.