CDTA Ridership Continues to Rebound Post-Pandemic

CDTA Ridership Continues to Rebound Post-Pandemic

October 26, 2022

Latest Ridership Report Shows Increase in Riders as CDTA Expands its Reach

ALBANY, NY (October 26, 2016) - The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) announced at its monthly Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 26 that total ridership in September was 1.27 million, which is 15 percent more than last September. This marks the highest monthly total since the pandemic began.

CDTA ridership total are nearly 85 percent of where ridership was pre-pandemic. This recovery is fueled by an efficient route network and quality service. Partnerships throughout the Capital Region community have also continued to grow, fueling ridership. CDTA has added several first-of-its-kind Universal Access partners over the past few months. It has given Capital Region residents a convenient and economic friendly way to travel for work and pleasure.

“Our commitment to customers with efficient routes, and to businesses to help them provide a stress-free commute to employees, is stronger than ever,” said Chairman of the Board Jayme Lahut. “The numbers show people feel confident and comfortable using CDTA services. We are safe, clean, and reliable.”

All CDTA buses are equipped with a commercial grade air purification system that uses Photohydroionization® Cell (PHI-Cell®) technology to clean the air. This technology along with normal, daily deep clean disinfectant procedures offers the highest quality of disinfectant for Operators and passengers. Active Air Purification has been used in the medical community for decades. According to United Safety, the device eliminates over 99% germs, microbes, viruses, bacteria and volatile organic compounds in the air and on surfaces, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The service increase can also be attributed to CDTA’s recent expansion to Montgomery County. After two months of service, the use of the system is increasing. Partnerships with the Amsterdam School District, St. Mary’s Hospital, and others have also helped to grow ridership gains. Most recently, CDTA announced 10 CDPHP Cycle! Bikes and two racks were installed in the Amsterdam community, giving the community another mobility option.