Albany Public Library Partners with CDTA

From the Library Journal:

New York’s Albany Public Library (APL) has partnered with Hudson Valley Community College; the city’s public school system; Youth FX, a filmmaking program for teens in Albany’s underserved areas; and local musicians for its “Reading Music” challenge. But over the past couple of years, APL has also formed an alliance with a city agency that isn’t often associated with the library—the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA)—on several innovative programs designed to bring library workers and patrons to its branches by bus and bike.

In addition to establishing a series of bike repair stations partially funded by the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC)—the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Albany-Schenectady-Troy and Saratoga Springs metropolitan areas, which writes policy and disburses grants—and an upcoming bike share program in which the library is a partner, APL helped CDTA pilot its new Navigator smart cards and became a vendor of the cards once they were instituted. Together, APL and CDTA subsidize cards for library staff members so they can ride the bus to work free of charge.