CDTA Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to obtain a bus pass and ride CDTA?

All Cohoes City School District students in grades 6-12 are eligible to ride CDTA buses free of charge to and from school. Riding the bus is a privilege and students must abide by the behavior expectations outlined in the district’s safety guidelines and expectations for safe ridership. Abuse or misuse of the bus pass could result in a student’s privileges being revoked by his or her building principal.

How does the bus pass work?

Each student will be given an school-issued photo ID that serves as the student’s entry onto the bus. Students must have their ID’s with them at all time. The bus pass can only be used by the student it is assigned to (not shared among family members or friends). Each swipe of the card is registered by an electronic tracking system to verify identity, routes and responsible use. All students can ride the shuttle for free for the first two weeks of school, but must then use their ID after the two week window closes.

What if my bus pass is lost, stolen or damaged?

Students must report the loss of an ID to the CDTA transportation coordinator immediately. Applications to replace lost passes may be found at each school. There is a $10 fee to replace a lost or stolen ID. Damaged or invalid cards may be exchanged for a replacement. ID’s can only be replaced by contacting the CDTA Transportation Coordinator Tom Kostrzebski at 518-237-9100, Ext. 1405.

Can I use the bus pass outside of school hours?

Yes, passes work on any CDTA bus along any route during the school year. Keep in mind, the bus pass will track where the student goes and when. This ensures responsible behavior and good attendance in school. Failure to use the bus pass as it is intended could result in the student’s privileges being revoked.

What if I forget my pass?

For the first two weeks of school, students may ride CDTA to and from school for free, even if they forget their ID or haven’t yet been issued one. If a student does not have an ID when boarding a CDTA bus, he or she will be required to pay the appropriate fare to complete the trip. The current one-way fare is $1.50.

What are the bus routes and where can my child board the bus?

There are three lines designated as RED, GREEN and BLUE for student bus service. The shuttles travel along route #802.
There will be two GREEN #802 buses to accommodate students riding to and from the middle school. In the afternoon, buses will arrive at the high school and middle school 10-12 minutes before the scheduled departure to allow students time to board the bus at dismissal. Route maps and the schedules are available at both the middle and high school.

What if my child misbehaves on the bus?

The district expects that all students will conduct themselves according to the district’s safety guidelines when riding the CDTA bus. Pupils who are non-compliant may have their riding privileges suspended or permanently revoked. Students are expected to follow CDTA rules and regulations and are subject to the CDTA Code of Conduct, which outlines expected behavior for all riders. The CDTA Code of Conduct provides additional guidelines for responsible riding.

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