Free trolley service coming to Schenectady

01-26-2017

SCHENECTADY — It’s going to be free to take a trolley bus between downtown attractions like Proctors and the new Rivers Casino & Resort.

A new Capital District Transportation Authority service will run between downtown Schenectady and the Rivers Casino, starting in late March, CDTA officials said Wednesday.

The “Downtowner” service will provide free trips to the general public, while a separate¬†universal access agreement will allow employees of the casino to ride CDTA buses for free, said CDTA CEO Carm Basile.

Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority is organizing the underwriting of the shuttle service, at an estimated cost of $125,000 per year. The casino will pay for the access agreement for its employees.

The service will connect Schenectady’s increasingly vibrant downtown with the casino, which is scheduled to open Feb. 8. It will also incorporate a stop at the downtown city train station, which is expected to be rebuilt in the next couple of years.

“The trolley will be perfect between (the train station) and the new hotels,” said Norman Miller, a Schenectady County representative on the CDTA board.

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Williams, Stephen. “Free Trolley Service Coming to Schenectady.” The Daily Gazette. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2017. <https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/01/25/free-trolley-service-is-coming-to-schenectady>.