Federal, state and local leaders joined Greater Amsterdam school officials today to announce the start of CDTA public bus service in the City of Amsterdam beginning Aug. 28 just in time for the start of a new school year.
Amsterdam High School students in need of transportation to school, athletics, work and other venues along the newly reestablished routes will receive free swipe cards courtesy of the school district. The district has purchased some 550 “ride anytime cards” for high school students, while district staff will be able to ride the bus at reduced rates.
More information on how students may obtain these cards will be announced before the start of school.
“This is certainly a great day for the students and families of Amsterdam,” said GASD Superintendent of Schools Richard Ruberti, during a press conference outside Amsterdam High School. “This new partnership with CDTA that so many people have worked so long to create will make a major difference in the success of our schools. It’s no secret that schools across this country have struggled for years to improve student transportation in the wake of a nationwide school bus driver shortage and this will help us achieve that goal.”
Transportation is also a key component to school success. For many students, getting to school frequently and on time each day can literally mean the difference between success and failure in life.
In the planning stages for three years, the district also hopes this new public transportation will give school families, parents and guardians without their own vehicles a cheaper way to attend school events than paying for a taxi.
“This is going to offer a new way of life for Montgomery County,” said Carm Basile, CDTA Chief Executive Officer. “Greater mobility and connecting people to economic opportunities … that’s what this is all about. This is going to connect Amsterdam in ways the city has never been connected before.”
“I see this as huge for our students and city residents,” added Amsterdam Mayor Michael Cinquanti. “It will mean more freedom and an improved quality of life for our citizens.”