Cohoes City School District considers free public transportation for some students

March 26, 2017 11:32 PM

COHOES - Cohoes does not provide school buses for students in the city.

Students often get rides or walk to school, sometimes across dangerous intersections of NY-787.

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“I've been fighting about the 787 thing for quite some time,” said Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse.

Mayor Shawn Morse said the Cohoes City School District is considering a proposal to give about 960 eligible students swipe cards to take CDTA buses.

“It's just about time that our kids have this opportunity so I applaud the school district,” Morse said. “I'm fully supportive of it as is the rest of the city officials I believe,” he said.

The proposal follows the death of 16-year-old Brittany Knight who was killed along 787 by a driver last June.

Knight’s death sparked outrage over the dangerous intersections on 787.

It was the third pedestrian death in 15 years at that stretch of road where the highway becomes an urban street.

Audrey Carter often worries about crossing 787 with her four-year-old daughter.

“You see very little children walking around and having to cross 787,” Carter said. “I've had to cross it with my daughter and it's very scary,” she said.

Cohoes has taken other steps to make 787 safer recently.

They include installing push buttons that turn lights red at the intersections of 787 so pedestrians can cross them safely.

Cohoes is also waiting for the state to help with $15 million dollars funding to make more improvements along 787.

In the meantime, city officials said the swipe card plan could be a short-term solution.

School district officials estimate it will cost $127,500 dollars of 2017-18 proposed school budget.

“Anything that makes me feel like kids would be able to get across 787 without having to walk, you can't put a price tag on it,” Morse said.

“Yea it takes money out of the taxes that we have to pay but if it's something this where it’s going to save a kids life, I'm for it,” Carter said.

Cohoes students, parents and taxpayers can offer feedback about the proposal through an anonymous online survey, which you can find on WNYT NewsChannel 13's website by clicking on the links tab. 


Nia Hamm

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