Albany, NY – Students at Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) will now have universal, unlimited access to transportation with the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA). HVCC President Drew Matonak announced that “thousands of students will benefit from the universal access program which provides added value, convenience and mobility” to their educations.
Nine of ten Hudson Valley students live within the area serviced by CDTA, and they can now use their HVCC student ID cards to access the entire network of CDTA bus and train routes. The partnership between Hudson Valley and CDTA will allow the students better mobility between classes, jobs, and each other. Several CDTA routes travel to HVCC’s 11 education sites around the region.
The arrangement was met through student appeal for a more comprehensive and sustainable transportation system. HVCC’s Environmental Sustainability Committee identified a need for transportation services and sought support for the program through a student-driven advocacy campaign. The college’s Student Senate, Academic Senate and Faculty Student Association voted to approve new initiative. The program is predicted to be successful, as last year, the CDTA exceeded its ridership record and expects to hit over 16 million boardings this year.
Hudson Valley Community College
HVCC is the second largest higher education institution
in the Capital Region, enrolling more than 13,250 students in 75 academic programs. Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center.
- To learn more about HVCC and the new transportation partnership, visit their page.
The Capital District Transportation Authority
The CDTA was created in 1970 by the New York State
Legislature, as a public benefit corporation, to provide regional transportation services by rail, bus, water and air. Today, CDTA is the premier mobility provider in the Capital Region, operating regular route bus service, shuttle systems and paratransit services. Today, over 640 people work at CDTA to deliver a transit system that serves more than 800,000 people who live and work at CDTA, transporting more than 50,000 customers each weekday.
- For information on CDTA services, schedules, maps, and Universal Access programs, visit their page.
With new access to the CDTA routes, students can enjoy more things to do in the Albany area! Check out our business and networking listings, supplement your learning with educational events, and then celebrate the weekend with nightlife fun.