May 11, 2007

Schenectady, N.Y., May 11, 2007 — CDTA today joined with Schenectady County and Metroplex to announce plans for a community outreach session on Thursday, May 17th at College Park Hall at 6:30 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to receive additional feedback on a proposed final concept plan for the new multi-modal station that will service Amtrak and CDTA riders in downtown Schenectady.

Susan E. Savage, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature said, “The new multi-modal station is an important project for Schenectady County and we appreciate Congressman McNulty’s support for this project.   Our goal is to build a functional yet beautiful building. This session is another part of the public outreach effort we have undertaken to make sure that the final design reflects input from the community.   Everyone in Schenectady County realizes that the former train station should never have been torn down and that previous plans to build a $30 million station were impractical. This is our chance to get this project done the right way.”

Based upon comments received at the May 17th session, a final concept plan will be submitted for approval. CDTA held a public session last November to obtain community input on the new station design. In addition, a total of 18 meetings with community leaders and local officials have been held seeking input on the new station design.

CDTA hired Kise Straw and Kolodner (KSK) as the lead architect on the project. KSK is based in Philadelphia and has a strong track record in urban transit design. KSK is working locally with Creighton Manning on the Schenectady Station project.

Congressman Michael McNulty provided $1.1 million in federal funding to help fund design and improvements to the station. In addition, another $6.8 million was included in the federal Transportation Improvement Plan for the Capital Region for the new station project.

Members of the public are invited to attend. No advance registration is required.

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