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03/24/2015
Hudson Valley Community College Expands Free, Unlimited CDTA Ridership to Summer Students

MEDIA CONTACT: Hudson Valley Community College: Dennis Kennedy, (518) 629-8071, d.kennedy1@hvcc.edu
CDTA CONTACT: Jaime Watson, (518) 437-6842, jaimew@cdta.org

Free, unlimited CDTA ridership is now available to students taking credit-bearing coursework at Hudson Valley Community College during the summer. Students can use their student ID as a bus pass to access all CDTA routes including STAR service and the Northway Xpress commuter service.

In August 2013, Hudson Valley began offering universal access to CDTA’s network for students enrolled during the fall, intersession and spring terms. On average, more than 1,300 students take advantage of the unlimited transportation program each semester.

The college’s newly expanded agreement with CDTA will offer ridership during five different summer terms beginning May 18, May 26 and June 29. Hudson Valley expects to enroll approximately 4,000 summer students in 550 on-campus classes and 200 online courses offered in three-, five-, six- and 12-week sessions.

“Providing students with even greater access, convenience and mobility is our goal in growing our partnership with CDTA. We hope our current students and those returning home from other colleges will take advantage of the program to get around the region this summer and save money in the process,” said Hudson Valley President Drew Matonak.

“We are happy to be growing our partnership with Hudson Valley,” said CDTA Chairman David M. Stackrow. “After nearly 400,000 rides were taken in the first year of the program, we are happy to work together to make it easier for summer students to access everything the region has to offer.”

The college is served directly by Route #’s 85 & 224 more than 100 times every weekday. CDTA offers enhanced service on Route #224 during peak hours between 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. A variety of CDTA routes reach Hudson Valley’s 11 education sites around the region.

CDTA Travel Trainers will be on hand in the Siek Campus Center on Wednesday, March 25 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to provide students with information and assist them in planning summer travel. CDTA recently redesigned its Web site to include real time information for all routes, a trip planner and free mobile applications to help students track their preferred schedule and route.

Hudson Valley is the second largest higher education institution in the Capital Region, enrolling more than 12,000 students in nearly 80 academic programs. CDTA’s universal access arrangements constitute more than 25 percent of all ridership. Last year, CDTA provided a record 16.5 million trips and expects to increase that total when its fiscal year ends in March.

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The Capital District Transportation Authority (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, community, express, bus rapid transit, and paratransit services. CDTA owns and operates the Rensselaer Rail and Saratoga Springs Train Stations. Today over 640 people work at CDTA to deliver a transit system that serves nearly 60,000 customers each weekday.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.