CDTA Celebrates its 50th Anniversary and Unveils Special Surprise to the Community

August 10, 2020
Gold Bus

Local Officials Celebrate Five Decades of Service and CDTA Employees

ALBANY, NY (July 31, 2020) CDTA celebrated its 50th Anniversary by hosting a series of public events across the Capital Region on Friday, July 31. Local officials joined CDTA for its Golden Anniversary as it unveiled a special Gold Bus to mark the occasion and thank the community for five decades of support.

 “A lot has changed over the last 50 years, but one thing that hasn’t is the community’s expectation of us,” said Carm Basile, CEO. “Our community wanted the same things they want today, reliable, clean, and innovative transportation. And we strive for that every day. Thanks to our retirees who laid the foundation for our great company and the more than 10,000 employees who have driven buses, fixed buses, answered customer calls, responded to community needs, and made sure that CDTA always runs smoothly.”

The celebration began at CDTA headquarters with Albany-based officials and employees. From there officials traveled to our Schenectady Division where Mayor Patrick Madden presented CDTA with a proclamation. The celebration concluded at our Schenectady Division where Mayor Gary McCarthy presented a key to the city to CDTA.

“We have come a long way since 1970, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is CDTA’s commitment to quality service and the communities we serve,” said Jayme Lauhut, CDTA Board Chairman. “As we continue through 2020 with a full plate of activities, we know the important role that we play in the economic development of our region and that’s a charge we take very seriously.”

On August 1, 1970, the Capital District Transportation Authority was created by an act of the New York State Legislature. The Authority was given a broad mission with the objective of creating a regional transportation system. The system would operate throughout four counties with the ability to expand to neighboring counties and communities. In a lot of ways, the legislation and thought process was head of its time as it envisioned a creative network of services that would move the people of the region and contribute to a better quality of life.

The community is encouraged to snap a picture with the gold bus through the end of the year and post it to CDTA social media sites with the hashtag #CDTA50.

Carm Basile and Dennis Fitzgerald

Carm Basile and Dennis Fitzgerald

CDTA CEO Carm Basile and Former Executive Director Dennis Fitzgerald
Carm Basile and Jayme Lahut

Carm Basile and Jayme Lahut

CDTA CEO Carm Basile and CDTA Board Chairman Jayme Lahut
Carm Basile Jayme Lahut Assemblyman McDonald

Carm Basile Jayme Lahut Assemblyman McDonald

CDTA CEO Carm Basile, CDTA Board Chairman Jayme Lahut and Assemblyman John McDonald
50th Anniversary Bus

50th Anniversary Bus

50th Anniversary Bus
50th Anniversary Bus

50th Anniversary Bus

50th Anniversary Bus
CDTA Carm Basile and ATU Leadership Team

CDTA Carm Basile and ATU Leadership Team

CDTA Carm Basile and ATU Leadership Team
CDTA Carm Basile and Troy Mayor Patrick Madden

CDTA Carm Basile and Troy Mayor Patrick Madden

CDTA Carm Basile and Troy Mayor Patrick Madden
CDTA Carm Basile and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy

CDTA Carm Basile and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy

CDTA Carm Basile and Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy
Schenectady Employees

Schenectady Employees

Schenectady Employees
CDTA Employees and ATU Leadership Team

CDTA Employees and ATU Leadership Team

CDTA Employees and ATU Leadership Team