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What is BusPlus?

BusPlus, CDTA’s version of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), provides limited stop service along the busiest travel corridors in the Capital Region. Beginning in November 2023 the Purple Line will connect the Washington & Western corridors with fast and frequent service between downtown Albany, the University at Albany, and Crossgates Mall.

The launch of our Purple Line completes a system that now covers over 40 miles of BRT service that produces more than 60% of the Region’s transit trips, accounting for 8 million annual boardings.

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What makes it different?

•    Faster Service: Fewer stops, traffic signal priority, and queue jump lanes move BRT buses through corridors and intersections faster.

•    Frequency & Span: BusPlus arrives regularly throughout the day with more service during peak periods, often running earlier in the morning and later at night.

•    Convenience: New larger stations provide shelter, security, and improved pedestrian connections, while fleet vehicles offer complimentary Wi-Fi and charging ports to keep you moving.

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PURPLE LINE (Washington-Western)

When and Where Will the Purple Line be Implemented?  

The Purple Line will hit the street on November 5, 2023. BusPlus service along the Washington & Western corridors will be in addition to local routes that will continue to operate between downtown Albany, the University at Albany, and Crossgates Mall. Purple Line service will be provided at 14 easily identifiable purple stations along the Washington/Western corridor,  with tall vertical pylon signs next to purple and silver stations.  

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What Types of Vehicles will be Used?

This service uses 60-foot articulated buses with complimentary Wi-Fi and charging ports.

Where are the Purple BRT stops?

Station Name BRT Options
Albany Bus Terminal Red and Purple
Broadway Red and Purple
State Red and Purple
Capitol/Hawk     Red and Purple
Lark/Library Red and Purple
UAlbany Downtown     Purple
Quail     Purple
Partridge/St. Rose     Purple
Allen/Madison  Purple
Harriman West/ETEC     Purple
UAlbany Uptown  Purple
Albany NanoTech Complex Purple
Crossgates Commons Purple
Crossgates Mall* Purple

* Park & Ride service available

Click Here for The Purple Line Map

Click Here for The Purple Line Schedule

What is the BRT Purple Line Service Plan? 

Weekdays Span - 5:00am – 1:30am

- depending on the time of day, BRT buses will arrive every 10, 12, 15 or 20 minutes. 

Saturday Span – 5:30am – 2:30am                     

Frequency– depending on the time of day, BRT buses will arrive every 10, 12, 15 or 20 minutes.

Sunday Span: 6:00am – 1:30am

– depending on the time of day, buses will arrive every 15 or 20 minutes. 

What does it cost to ride the BRT Purple Line?

BusPlus fares are $2 per ride for cash customers, while Navigator smart card or mobile app customers pay just $1.30 per ride, as with all other fixed route services and FLEX On Demand. 

Will local service still be offered on the Western/Washington corridors?

Local service on the Washington/Western corridors will offer customers similar access to the same locations with enhanced BRT service. Four local stops along Western Avenue will be discontinued as upgraded BRT stations are available one block to either side of the old stops. This will reinstate parking spaces along the commercial corridor for motorists. The local stops being removed are Pine Avenue, West Lawrence Street, Onterio Street, and North Lake Avenue.

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BRT Blue Line Overview

The BusPlus Blue Line operates along the 15-mile corridor runs along the Hudson River connecting Albany, Cohoes, Menands, Troy, Waterford and Watervliet. The corridor has a growing employment base and the service connects to a host of CDTA services including the other BusPlus lines in Downtown Albany. The corridor has more than 2 million boardings annually, making it the third busiest transit corridor in the Capital Region. BusPlus reduces traffic congestion along Route 32 and stimulate economic development while reducing parking demand in the bookend cities of Albany and Troy.

Click Here for The Blue Line Map

Click Here for Blue Line Schedule

Click here to view more information about BusPlus.

bus plus blue downtown albany

RED LINE (NY Route 5)

The BusPlus Red Line provides limited stop service on the 17-mile stretch of Route 5 between downtown Schenectady and downtown Albany. The service also runs through Colonie and Niskayuna where 15% of the Capital Region’s population lives and where 30% of jobs. BusPlus’ ridership was nearly 1.8 million during FY2020 and the Route 5 corridor has surpassed 4 million rides annually, providing access to Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady Community College, Colonie Center, the Capitol Building, Empire State Plaza, and Downtown Albany.

red line bus

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Last Updated: 03/20/2024