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Schenectady Introduces First Mobility Hub in Capital Region; Location Serves 10 Bus Routes


Schenectady Unveils First-Ever⁢ Gateway Mobility Hub

SCHENECTADY — Schenectady ⁤celebrated the⁢ grand opening of the Gateway ‌Mobility ​Hub, marking a significant milestone⁤ as ‌the Capital Region’s first one-stop shop for public transportation needs.

The state-of-the-art hub, located on lower⁢ State Street, is‍ designed to accommodate 10 Capital ⁢District​ Transportation Authority (CDTA) transit routes, including the Red Line BRT that connects downtown Schenectady to downtown ⁢Albany.

In addition to providing seamless access ⁤to public ‍transportation, the Gateway Plaza Park transit hub also offers car sharing options and CDPHP Cycle! Bikes, ‌making it a versatile and convenient‌ transportation center for ⁢the community.

CDTA CEO Carm Basile ⁣expressed​ his excitement about the new hub, stating, “It’s very unique. What we’re trying to⁤ do is ‍develop these​ things⁣ that are scaled to the community.⁤ This [hub] is not very ​big or elaborate. It’s a lot of common-sense ​things that comes together that accommodates all​ of our vehicles,⁤ up ⁤to 10 at one ⁢time. Bikes and⁤ cars are here, and there’s an attractive area for ‌people to⁢ wait for buses.⁢ It upgrades that whole experience.”

The station ‍was purchased by Schenectady County Metroplex from Adirondack Transit for ‌$285,000, with federal funding utilized for the‌ renovations to the site, which is located in the ‍shadow​ of SUNY Schenectady.

At a ⁢ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday morning, CDTA buses‌ lined State State, with commuters streaming off buses into downtown Schenectady or making‍ connections to an adjoining​ bus ⁤line.

“From here if you take ⁤a bus in and you need access to a bike or maybe a vehicle, you ⁤have that here,” Metroplex‍ Development Authority Executive Director‌ David Hogenkamp said on Tuesday.

The⁣ hub is not only a transportation center but also a symbol⁢ of progress and development for the city. The former Trailways bus station, which became obsolete due⁣ to the digital age, has ⁣now been transformed into a vibrant greenspace ​and ‍a gathering area⁤ outside of nearby ​college​ housing.

“Over the past seven,⁢ eight years, we’ve been able to pull this whole area together and improve bus access ⁢to the mobility hub and expand this⁢ park to⁣ be⁢ used by students and residents,” Hogenkamp said. “It’s been a ‌drastic improvement to ⁣the⁤ Lower State Street neighborhood.”

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy emphasized the positive impact of the new transit​ hub on the city, stating, “The connectivity that⁢ this location now provides adds‌ value to the [Rivers] ⁤ casino, and it adds value to living in the housing here and adds value‍ to the businesses that are⁤ here.”

Schenectady County⁤ Legislator Gary ⁤Hughes credited the project to ⁢a partnership between the city, county, CDTA, and the federal‌ government, highlighting the⁢ collaborative effort⁢ that led to‌ the successful⁣ completion of the Gateway Mobility Hub.

Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton, a skillful journalist previously based in Boston, is adept at covering a diverse array of stories. Her thorough and engaging reporting style, honed with a Master's in Journalism from Boston University, focuses on community-relevant stories.
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