The Capital District Transportation Authority is considering making its newest bus rapid transit route. The first bus has already been purchased and is set delivery in mid-June, such a route would give CDTA a project that could demonstrate the new technology in everyday use.

With its first-ever battery-powered electric buses

"This is an exciting concept that would provide CDTA and the State of New York with a showcase project, complete with the technology people are looking for environmental benefits our community can support," said CDTA CEO Carm Basile in a recent briefing to the transit authority's board.

The authority plans to launch a pilot program this summer to see how the buses will work and be maintained.

The new route that would be created specifically for this bus is the so-called River Corridor connecting Waterford and Troy with Watervliet, Menands and Albany, an "all-electric" route. This is an exciting step for the CDTA, NY and especially the environment. Electric battery-powered buses use less energy than gas powered buses.