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03/28/2001
FSA And CDTA Offer Hudson Valley Students Discounted Bus Rides

CONTACT: Jeff Foley or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 28, 2001
http://www.hvcc.edu

The Faculty Student Association (FSA) of Hudson Valley Community College and the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) have teamed up to offer Hudson Valley students a discounted rate on CDTA's Swiper card, reducing the cost of bus transportation by about 30 percent.

Typically, a Swiper card costs $34-$55 for one month (depending on which CDTA program is chosen) and allows bus riders to forego the traditional change option. Instead of depositing change into a farebox, they simply run the Swiper card through a slot on top of the farebox. The FSA recently agreed to pitch in part of the cost for Hudson Valley students, dropping their out-of-pocket expense to $24-$39 per one-month Swiper card.

"The FSA aims to enhance the lives of Hudson Valley's students," said Ann Carrozza, Executive Director of the FSA. "A good portion of the student population uses CDTA to get to the college each day, so cutting the cost of bus transportation seemed like a natural move to help them."

"The relationship with Hudson Valley Community College is part of our effort to reach out to local companies to make it easier to ride the bus," said CDTA Chairman Anthony S. Esposito. "Our Corporate Swiper program has been successful in recruiting companies, their employees and students to the bus system. Over 80 companies now work with CDTA, helping to fuel recent ridership increases and renewed interest in bus use. We are extremely happy to have Hudson Valley Community College on board and look forward to a long relationship with them."

The FSA is a not-for-profit corporation that operates the college's bookstore, food services and the Viking Child Care Center. A 10-member FSA Board of Directors, comprised of Hudson Valley students, faculty, staff and Board of Trustees representatives decides how to distribute revenue from those operations, basing their decisions on proposals submitted and where they see needs across campus. The constant each year is that FSA efforts are geared toward students and the campus community.

Only Hudson Valley students are eligible to purchase the Swiper cards, which are sold daily at the college's bookstore. Financial aid and third-party funds can be used to pay for the cards, which become available about two weeks before the start of each month.

CDTA's primary operating responsibility is the management of the region's bus services. With the rapid change in development patterns and travel trends in the region, CDTA's role has expanded beyond the operation of traditional regular route services. Despite these changes, the CDTA operating mission remains clear and straightforward: "To Transport Customers Safely and Reliably at Reasonable Cost."

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.