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Debut of BusPlus earning mixed reviews

CDTA's new BusPlus drops off Gazette reporter Marcy Velte at State Street and Erie Boulevard in Schenectady onThursday.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
CDTA's new BusPlus drops off Gazette reporter Marcy Velte at State Street and Erie Boulevard in Schenectady onThursday.
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My car is pretty unreliable. It’s a 2000 Ford Focus wagon, and recently I had $900 worth of work done to fix the timing belt, water pump and a rusted-through coolant pipe. I realize that’s a lot of money to put into a car that old, but it’s cheaper than purchasing a new car. As an experiment (in case my car breaks down again), I rode the Capital District Transportation Authority’s new BusPlus service from ...

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April 8, 2011
7:12 a.m.

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I ride the bus down Rt. 5 from Niskayuna to Albany several times a week. The new BusPlus 905 is a far better ride than the former 55 that stopped at virtually every corner along the route. About ten minutes is shaved off the commute, and the many fewer stops and starts is better for reading (one of the true advantages of taking a bus).

The early morning and evening runs are pretty full, seemingly just enough seats for everyone. In the morning, I drive my car a mile or so and park in a handy lot near the bus stop on State and Balltown Rd. In the evening, I take the 8:54 at Lark back up towards Schenectady.

The cost per ride, if you buy a pass ahead of time (which most regular commuters do) is still $1.50. It's a far better way to travel than fighting traffic and parking with a car, and considering the price of gas (not to mention parking), it might even be cheaper, and it's cleaner, too. CDTA has done a good job with both its "iRide" on-line schedule and the new BusPlus.

April 9, 2011
1:35 p.m.

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I often use the bus from downtown Schenectady to a location near Bryant Stratton. I see no reason for the 55 to have been split up into 2 separate buses. Waiting outside for another bus is a major minus about making the trip, and having to now pay DOUBLE (compared to a week ago) and 33% more than a Bu$Plu$ that goes all the way to downtown Albany, several miles farther than I am headed just adds insult to injury.

The concept of an express service is great. And the premium service is worth a premium price. Instead the premium price ($3) is paid by those of us who need local service.