Transportation transformation coming to Schenectady

SCHENECTADY – When you think CDTA, chances are you’re thinking about buses. In the near future, you’re likely to think beyond that singular mode of transportation, the result of the Schenectady Gateway Mobility Hub that’ll be built on lower State Street in the Electric City and promises to revolutionize how people move in the Capital Region.

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"I’m not afraid to use my clout as majority leader to bring money to the Capital Region," proclaimed Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, appearing in Schenectady on Monday.

Schumer says the first of its kind project is on schedule to open next spring at the former Trailways Bus terminal and will help accelerate the region’s economic recovery.

At that location, folks will be able to pick and choose their mode of transportation among buses, cars, bicycles, or scooters.

"This mobility hub is something you usually don’t see in a city this size," says Carm Basile, CEO of the Capital District Transportation Authority, "You see them across Europe. It’s really an innovative idea in an innovative city."

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The total cost of the mobility hub is roughly $5 million, with the federal government picking up 80% of the cost.