Posted at: 09/17/2012 2:57 PM
| Updated at: 09/17/2012 3:38 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
LOUDONVILLE - For Siena College, its students and CDTA, it's win-win-win, "especially those who are struggling to find transportation to school, internships and jobs and to commuters who are happy to save a little money on gas," said Siena student Cassy Jane Werking.
For a flat fee paid to CDTA by the college, Siena students can swipe their IDs in the fare box and ride without paying the usual $1.50.
The deal is good anywhere CDTA goes at any time.
The bus company is also increasing service on Route 9 connecting the campus with downtown Albany and Latham.
"Our students really need greater access to the whole Capital Region and what better way to do it than public transportation?" asked the Rev. Kevin Mullin, Siena College president.
CDTA sees several benefits in the arrangement, similar to deals it has already made with six other area colleges and universities.
"It's a quick and easy way for us to increase ridership, increase revenue and connect students to the Capital Region," said CDTA CEO Carm Basile.
As an occasional bus rider I'm not so sure we need more people taking up seats and crowding coaches that can already be full, but CDTA sees it differently.
"There are some buses and some routes at some times that are crowded, but we have enough capacity to handle Siena and many other schools," Basile said.