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Hudson Valley Community College to Offer Students Free Access to CDTA Buses Beginning Fall 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tues., Dec. 4, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College today announced that it will offer students unlimited ridership on Capital District Transportation Authority buses beginning in the Fall 2013 term.

Free unlimited ridership will be available on CDTA buses for all registered students for the fall and spring semesters as well as intersession. Beginning on the first day of classes, students will be able to use their student ID as a bus pass to access all CDTA routes including the STAR service and the Northway Xpress commuter service.

The college’s initial contract with CDTA will begin Aug. 26, 2013 and run through May 17, 2014. The second year of the contract will run Aug. 25, 2014 through May 16, 2015.

The Student Senate and Faculty Student Association will share the cost of the program with the college. Student Senate approved its portion of the funding at a meeting on Monday, Nov. 12, and the Faculty Student Association approved its portion on Monday, Dec. 3, at its monthly board meeting.

The college’s Faculty Student Association has offered reduced fare bus tickets since the 2001-02 academic year, and it will continue to offer those reduced fare tickets prior to the start of the Fall 2013 term. More than 3,000 reduced fare tickets were sold on campus this past year.

“This agreement with CDTA makes good sense on so many levels,” said President Drew Matonak. “We hope to draw more students who may not have had the transportation to get to campus, and we’re promoting a mass transit system that makes both economic and environmental sense. I’d like to thank the campus Sustainability Committee and the Academic Senate for their advocacy on behalf of this. We also need to thank the Student Senate and the college’s Faculty Student Association (FSA) for stepping up with funding that will make this plan a reality for our students, starting next fall.”

“With the current ridership and the ability for students to have free access to CDTA buses, we believe that ridership will rise,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Development Alexander Popovics. “Students understand that there is an economic benefit to bus-ridership, and we feel that a growing number of them will take advantage of this opportunity.”

“The Student Senate has done a great job collecting all the facts and weighing the positive and negative outcomes in order to benefit as many students as possible,” said Student Senate President Alex Duerr.

The Fall 2013 semester start-up is based on funding for the project, which will come from the 2013-14 budget. The semester begins Aug. 26, 2013.

Shuttles between Hudson Valley’s main campus in Troy and its Albany Extension Center at 175 Central Avenue may also be instituted based on demand.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; 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 13,500 students and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 70,000 alumni.