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Success, Any Day Now

For years, the advocacy group Citizens for Transportation has been pressing to get shuttle service into the Northway Mall parking lot. Since 1999, bus riders going to Northway Mall have had to cross eight lanes of traffic and an unpaved embankment when going to or from the westbound bus stop [“Shopping Dangerously,” Newsfront, Nov. 13, 2003]. But their struggle looks to be coming to an end.

“I don’t have an exact implementation date, but it’ll be before the end of February,” said Carm Basile, chief of staff and director of marketing for the Capital District Transportation Authority. “Hopefully sooner.”

“It’s essentially going to be a connector bus between Northway Mall, the regular bus stops for Route 5, and Colonie Center,” Basile explained. The connector will be an extension of the ShuttleFly service that goes along Wolf Road to the airport, said Basile, but “instead of running the whole length it’ll just go back and forth, which will allow us to do many more trips so people won’t have to wait.”

Members of CFT are excited, but anxious after many false starts. At their public meeting on Jan. 21, they expressed concern that there had been no announcement of the service, which they thought was supposed to start in January, and were disappointed that no one from CDTA showed up to explain.

Assemblyman Robert Prentiss, who attended the CFT meeting, spoke with CDTA executive director Stephen Bland the next day, and reported that Bland told him the usual CDTA liasion had been ill that day, and the shuttle service was just awaiting “management agreements.”

—Miriam Axel-Lute


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