CDTC Reopening Statement
CDTC has begun the slow transition to a full office reopening per New York State guidance. Starting July 17, 2020 staff will be in our office on 4 days each week – Monday through Thursday. We will be operating at 50% capacity on alternating schedules. For everyone’s safety, we are not allowing office visitors and will continue to rely on virtual meetings for the next several weeks. If you have any questions, you can call our office during regular work hours on the above days or you can email staff at any time. We will see you again soon!
How is CDTC Adapting?
- All staff is working remotely three days per week and in the office two days per week
- All in-person meetings have been canceled for the foreseeable future
- Virtual meetings are being held. Check our Calendar of Events page on the CDTC website for details
- CDTC will continue with its 2020-22 Unified Planning Work Program
- For news and announcements from CDTC, check the Latest News page on the CDTC website
- Recordings of recent CDTC meetings can be found on the CDTC YouTube channel
- CDTC staff will continue to launch new programs, initiate new tasks and projects, and complete previously scheduled work. Please do not hesitate to contact CDTC staff with questions.
COVID-19 Mobility Response & Recovery
- Masks are required on board all CDTA buses
- CDTA will be offering a credit to customers with unused frequent rider passes purchased on or after March 1st. Contact the CDTA Sales Department at (518) 437-6876 or firstname.lastname@example.org about the Frequent Rider customer credit.
- Information about changes to transit service to better connect to essential services can be found on the CDTA website.
- CDTA has suspended fair collection and is requiring passengers to board at the rear-door to increase safety for operators.
- Visit Federal Transit Administration's COVID-19 resource page for more information on the federal response.
Carpooling Best Practices
As with any other issue that may arise, carpool groups should discuss and agree on practices that everyone in the group will follow. The precautions below will help keep everyone healthy.
- Wear a mark while riding in the car.
- Wash your hands before and after riding in the car.
- Establish consistent carpooling partners as much as possible, rather than frequently changing arrangements.
- Do not carpool for 14 days after exposure to someone with COVID-19, even if you are permitted to work during the incubation period.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms of illness and do not carpool or go to work if you feel unwell.
- Clean the car frequently focusing on touch points such as the door handles, rearview mirror, seatbelt buckles, cup holders, etc.
- Have tissues and hand sanitizer available.
Parking Policy Changes
City of Albany:
- Beginning June 8th, metered parking will be reinstated in parking zones across the City of Albany. See the parking meter map.
- Beginning June 15th, Parking Authority downtown garages will reinstate the standards $13.00 max daily parking rate at all three locations.
- Curbside pickup parking areas will remain in effect through July 15th.
- Full details on parking regulations & information can be found on the Albany Parking Authority website.
City of Troy:
- Metered parking in downtown Troy has been suspended until further notice and all normal parking regulations will remain in effect.
- Please check with your local government about other local parking and transportation changes.
Other Transportation Information
- Please wear a mask or face covering when using crowded sidewalks and trails. Keep 6 feet of distance between you and other pedestrians, runners, and bicyclists on the trail. For more information on where you can find a trail visit the Maps page on the CDTC website.
- The Capital CarShare office is closed but new members can join and vehicle reservations can be made online. Members are advised to sanitize vehicles before and after use for their own safety.
- As of June 22nd, CDPHP Cycle! began the first phase of the 2020 season. Visit their website or social media for updates!
- The CDC has released guidance for rideshare, taxi, limo, and other passenger drivers-for-hire. If you need to or are thinking about using Uber and Lyft, read to learn what precautions your driver should be taking to increase safety.
- As of March 22nd, emergency toll procedures on the NYS Thruway were put into place, meaning no cash will be collected and toll bills will be mailed to a vehicle’s registered owner.
- The Albany Airport continues to operate as an essential service, but airlines have decreased their daily flight schedules. Additional information about what precautions the Airport has taken can be found on their website. Additionally, NYS issued a travel advisory on June 25th that requires anyone arriving to NY from a state with a high degree of COVID-19 community spread is required to quarantine. Details on this advisory, including the list of states currently restricted, can be found here.
- Amtrak continues to operate as an essential service, but some services and protocols have changed. Visit the Amtrak website for more information.
- Intercity Bus Services like Greyhound and MegaBus continue to operate. Please check their websites for service updates and trip cancellation information.
- Best Practices & Guidelines for Adapting to Social Distancing (see the NACTO COVID-19 response database of actions taken by cities and transit agencies globally for additional guidance).
- NACTO has released design guidance called Streets for Pandemic Response & Recovery
- Respond rapidly & implement plans to reduce crowding quickly
- Relieve crowded areas to support public health & social distancing (ex. sidewalks & parks)
- Resource available in Albany County: Department of Health Complete Streets Lending Library
- Create clear messaging of policies & guidelines to public
- Provide safe & efficient transportation to testing & medical facilities
- Where to get tested for COVID-19 in the Capital Region
- Albany County Walk-up COVID-19 testing sites & schedule
- Schenectady County Walk-up COVID-19 testing sites & schedule
- Rensselaer County testing information
Support unsheltered & vulnerable populations
Resources for Local Governments & Businesses in the Capital Region
- New York Conference of Mayors Extension of Changes to Open Meetings Law factsheet.
- New York Association of Towns COVID-19 Update Packet.
- Cornell Local Roads Program has numerous resources for local government agencies operating and maintaining local roads and bridges. They are also offering regular webinar trainings.
- Visit the Capital District Regional Planning Commission website for information and resources for COVID-19 initiatives important to our communities, like funding opportunities and guidelines for remote meetings.
- Capital Region Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Information & Resources
- Tune in to the Eno Foundation Center for Transportation Road to Reovery Webinar series and COVID-19 Resources.
- See and share what’s in stock at local retailers with the OurStreets Supplies Map. Download information about this application here and learn how you can encourage your community to start using it.
- Transportation Economic & Planning for a Post-Pandemic Era, by EBP
- USDOT and Federal Highway Administration resources for state and local highway agencies.
- The American Planning Association has a variety of COVID-19 resources on planning topics such as public participation and transportation.
Data: Measuring Impact of COVID-19
- Compare your community’s (state and/or county) social distancing activity to its activity prior to COVID-19 here.
- Google Mobility Reports display changes in visits to places like grocery stores, parks, and other destinations in your county
- ESRI Impact Planning for COVID-19 Mapping Tool is here
- CATT Lab – University of Maryland COVID-19 Impact Analysis Platform
- Streetlight – COVID-19 VMT Monitor
- LandScan – Homeland Infrastructure Foundation – Level Data (HIFLD) database
- Transit App – transit demand
- Cuebiq COVID Mobility Insights