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Rensselaer Rail station

Easily accessible by CDTA bus or vehicle, the CDTA Rensselaer Rail Station, which opened in September 2002, is the 9th busiest station in the country, serving more than 800,000 people each year.

The spacious 20,000 square-foot public lobby features a waiting area, ticketing, baggage handling and customer amenities such as a coffee shop, bookstore and a U.S. Post Office.
High level boarding platforms eliminate the need to cross tracks, ensuring passenger safety and convenience. A multi-level parking garage adjoins the station, providing covered, secure parking. 

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Rensselaer Rail Station
525 East Street
Rensselaer, New York 12144

Ground Transportation:
The station is an intermodal facility served by CDTA bus transit, taxis and tour bus services. The station is served by CDTA Routes:

Route 214 - Rensselaer Third Street - Amtrak
Route 114 - Madison / Washington

These CDTA buses serve downtown hotels, office buildings and government centers. 

Parking and Passenger Drop-off
The top deck of the parking garage abuts the main entrance to the station and serves as a drop-off/pick up point for customers. Limited, free short term (2 hour limit) parking is available.  Two levels of parking below the main plaza offer space for 600 cars with covered access to the station.  Well-lit and secure surface parking for 800 cars is located on the north side of the facility, just off East Street. Six first-come first-serve bicycle lockers, requiring four quarters, are located adjacent to the main entrance.


Rensselaer Rail Station Parking ( Effective April 1, 2013)
First half-hour FREE.

Each Additional Hour: $2.00

Garage – daily rate $12.00; 7 day rate: $50.00

Surface Lot A – daily rate $8.00;  7 day rate: $35.00 

Surface Lot B – daily rate $7.00; 7 day rate: $30.00 

Customers with disabilities – half rate for Parking Garage

Rensselaer Rail Station - Driving Directions
All Roads Lead to the Rensselaer Rail Station

From north, south,east, or west, the Rensselaer Rail Station is easy to reach. We are centrally located near the major highways in New York State.

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Rensselaer Rail Station - Parking Garage/Surface Lot Guidelines

Welcome to the Rensselaer Rail Station.  It is our privilege to assist you with your parking needs. Our staff is committed to providing a clean, safe environment and exceptional customer service. To that end, the following guidelines will assist in answering questions:

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) is the owner and operator of the Rensselaer Rail Station in Rensselaer, New York. The station opened in September, 2002.  There are several components to the rail station, including the garage. The garage, provides covered and secure parking for rail travelers. CDTA has established a modest rate structure for garage and surface parking.

Garage Facts:
The garage consists of 2 parking decks. A third level serves as a public plaza, which opens to East Street in Rensselaer. The plaza also contains a number of short-term (2 hour limit) parking spaces.

A total of 492 and 20 disabled spaces are available on the Ground and Second levels of the garage: 

  • The Ground Level contains 252 spaces.
    20 spaces are designated for people with disabilities.
    The Second Level contains 220 spaces

Days and Hours of Operation:
The garage is operational 365 days per year. 24 hours a day.

Parking Customers can exit any parking area at any time during the day or evening.

Entry and Exit:
Customers enter the parking garage and surface lots by using the entrance at the north end of the facility. The entry is clearly signed from the parking lot entrance on East Street. All traffic exits at the same location.   

Overheight Vehicle Parking

Parking Garage:
Vehicles over 8' 0" cannot be accommodated inside the garage. Overheight vehicle parking is available adjacent to parking garage.

Fee Structure:
For those dropping off or greeting passengers, FREE parking is available for the first 2 hours on the top deck of the Rail Station and for one half hour in Lot A, Lot B or in the garage.

Emergency phones are located throughout the garage and an attendant is on duty 24 hours a day in the Toll Plaza to help or summon assistance should you have a problem.

Surface parking lots offer convenience and pricing alternatives that  fit the needs of all travelers.

                                  PARKING RATES (see map for locations)

Garage Parking
Floors one and two of the parking garage     


First 1/2 Hour:
Maximum Daily Rate:
Seven Consecutive Days:


Surface Lot A    


First 1/2 Hour:
Maximum Daily Rate:
Seven Consecutive Days:   


Surface Lot B  


First 1/2 Hour:
Maximum Daily Rate:
Seven Consecutive Days:         


DISABLED: Customers pay only $6.00 per day in the garage. Spaces are clearly marked. Official disabled license plates or a valid permit must be prominently displayed at all times.  


Cash or Credit ( master card, visa, American express). The automated machines will issue customers a Parking Payment Ticket, which is required at time of exit.

Operations and Management:
Standard Parking Municipal Services manages the parking services under contract to CDTA. Their services include but are not limited to staffing the attendant booth; provide parking and logistic services, revenue and customer service.  

The facility is a entirely self-parking.

Pedestrian flow signs are prominently displayed, making the walk to the existing station easy for customers.

  • Elevators: Are located in the middle of the garage, on its west side, abutting the new station.
  • Stairs: 2 stairwells are available to customers. One is on the Northwest Corner and one is in the center of the garage. 

The facility provides contract security services 24 hours a day at the building along with a vast network of camera surveillance.

The Authority assumes no responsibility for fire, theft or damage to, or loss of a vehicle or its contents. We encourage you to lock your vehicle and remove any valuable contents.

General Information (CDTA) 437-8300
Parking Services Manager (Standard Parking) 433-0049
CDTA Site Manager: 437-6858

Correspondence  can be sent to: CDTA Marketing Department 110 Watervliet Avenue, Albany, New York 12206 or e-mail to

Management reserves the right to change or add rules and regulations. Determination of conformance with all rules and regulations shall be at the sole discretion of Management.