Sunday, July 10, 2011

CDTA Route Restructuring

The Capital District Transportation Authority began its round of public meetings last week to exhibit the first phase of proposed restructuring for Albany County.  This initial phase involves routes within the City of Albany, while a second phase planned for next year involves routes beyond the city limits.
CDTA Proposed Route Map.  Click for larger picture.  One more click gives you a close-up of the routes.
I won't be at one of the meetings until next Wednesday, when the closest meeting to my apartment takes place at the main branch of the Albany Public Library.  This round of public meetings is the second in the process, with representatives from the transportation authority having attended a round of neighborhood association meetings between late 2010 and early 2011.  The purpose of this, of course, was to collect crucial citizen input.  After all, the stated purpose of the redistricting, according to CDTA's website, is to "establish a new routing network that better aligns services to demand because where people live, work, shop and travel has changed dramatically over the years."

For those who are interested, here is the restructuring proposal and the meeting schedule:

                                      Thursday, July 7 4:00pm  - 8:00pm (a bit late for this one)
                                      Arbor Hill / West Hill Branch - Albany Public Library
                                      148 Henry Johnson Boulevard

                                      Monday, July 11  5:00pm - 9:00pm
                                      Albany Housing Authority Headquarters
                                      200 South Pearl Street

                                      Wednesday, July 13  4:00pm - 8:00pm
                                      Main Branch - Albany Public Library
                                      161 Washington Avenue

                                     Thursday, July 14  4:00pm - 8:00pm
                                     Pine Hills Branch - Albany Public Library
                                     517 Western Avenue

Thanks to Times Union Blogger Roger Green for the early information yesterday and for providing the first glimpse of the new maps.

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