Schenectady County Joins CDTA’s Universal Access Program

April 01, 2022
Schenectady County UA Announcement

County Employees Gain Access to CDTA Route Network Becoming the First County to Join the Growing Universal Access Program

ALBANY, NY (April 1, 2022) CDTA is proud to announce Schenectady County is joining its the Universal Access Program. Universal Access provides Schenectady County employees unlimited ridership opportunities across CDTA’s service network, including the CDPHP Cycle! bike sharing program. Employees can use any of CDTA’s transit services by swiping their CDTA Navigator card. CDTA offers local, express and commuter transit service across a four-county service area.

“We are thrilled to welcome Schenectady County to our growing CDTA family,” said CDTA CEO Carm Basile. “Universal Access has allowed employers to provide substantial benefits to their employees with reliable connectivity in mind. County employees will be free to enjoy many of our transit services that are equipped to provide seamless transportation throughout the county. We look forward to yet another partnership that will enhance accessibility for our community on a daily basis.”

The CDTA Universal Access program includes many of the region’s top employers who take advantage of the benefits, which help with employee retention and cost-savings. Through the program, businesses can provide convenient measures to reduce fuel expenses, stressful commutes and parking costs. These solutions further enhance work environment satisfaction and potential for future recruitment.

“CDTA’s Universal Access Program will provide our employees with transportation services they can use all year long – rain or shine,” said Schenectady County Legislator Michelle Ostrelich, Vice-Chair of the Labor & Civil Service Committee. “These new benefits offer our employees new ways to commute to work and also offer reliable access to local social and cultural venues.” 

“The CDTA philosophy is ingrained in partnership and advancement,” said CDTA Board of Director’s Chairman and Schenectady Metroplex Executive Director Jayme Lahut. “Our Universal Access program encourages employers in our region to establish a beneficial balance that rewards exceptional work and provides reliable means for employees to enjoy. Together we can support the work development that continues to evolve and encourage positive environmental initiatives for a better tomorrow.”

This innovative partnership will allow for one unified account to support various county departments along with Universal Access to the route network for County employees.

Currently, more than 20 Capital Region colleges and businesses are part of CDTA’s Universal Access program.