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Starting Saturday morning, no cash tolls will be collected on the New York State Thruway.

The conversion will take place simultaneously at 58 tolling locations across the Thruway’s 450-mile ticketed system.

The daily ridership of the CDTA has dropped by as much as 75 percent recently. 

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced this week that more than $24 million is now available to replace diesel-powered transit buses with new all-electric transit buses.

Jay Tyler, director of Emergency Medical Operations for Guilderland, said that the bridge closure won’t affect response time for ambulance service in the town. “The public shouldn’t fear. We’re able to get to them from either the east or the west,” he said.

Data will then be used to calculate the cumulative impact on traffic patterns and sewer infrastructure.

The New York State Thruway Authority Board of Directors approved the selection of the Design-Build team that will install cashless tolling on the Thruway by the end of 2020.

The Albany County Planning Board told Pyramid the ring road around Crossgates Mall is already very congested. Chairman Dominic Rigosu told Pyramid, “At some point, you have to say you have to mitigate it,” referring to the current traffic situation.

Because the Thruway bridge on East Old State Road has a vertical clearance that is almost one-and-a-half feet lower than the current standard and has been hit before, said Todd Gold of the Thruway Authority, it wouldn’t be safe to keep it open during rebuilding.

Bikes for the public to rent in four Capital District cities, starting this summer, are part of a trend nationally and regionally. 

The "Stand Up 4 Transportation" rally was held at Crossgates to urge Congress to renew funding for the federal transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which expires at the end of May.

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