CDTA has changed bus routes in Saratoga County, going into effect Memorial Day Weekend, but they’re now also taking a look at Clifton Park specifically.
The idea to add local bus routes in Clifton Park is partly a result of the new hotels springing up around Exit 9. These hotels serve as a less expensive alternative to lodging in Saratoga Springs or Colonie, and have the added bonus of being centrally located between the two. Many of the hotel workers live in Mechanicville or Halfmoon, and don’t necessarily have reliable transportation.
“…these things take a long time to develop, but it makes sense to have more mass transit,” Pete Bardunias, President of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County told Mass Transit. “These are growing communities, and if CDTA can find a way to provide more service, that makes sense.”
In 2010, a bus service was established between Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs, running up Route 9, but it was discontinued in 2011 because of lack of riders. However, this new proposed bus line might run east to west instead of north to south.
CDTA has had a record ridership the past three years, so they certainly want to keep up the good business. They’re taking Clifton Park local bus routes into consideration, but understandably need to weigh residents’ needs with the cost of the service, and how many people will actually use it.
Clifton Park basically serves as a downtown district for Saratoga County. And, it’s also Saratoga County’s largest town with 40,000 residents. If it makes sense financially for the CDTA, local bus service in Clifton Park would definitely contribute in a positive way to this thriving area.
- Mass Transit: NY: Clifton Park, CDTA Weigh Possibility of Local Bus Routes