Transportation

Transportation

Air

Albany International Airport is the major air center for the Capital Region, Northeastern New York and Western New England. A recently completed multi-million dollar capital redevelopment project included a new 230,000 square foot terminal, parking garage, Air Traffic Control Tower, and cargo facility. The airport has also embarked on a five-year $232 million Capital Plan to improve and maintain safety and to meet the needs of air travelers and air carriers well into the 21st Century. Commercial airlines operating out of Albany are Air Canada, American Eagle, Continental, Continental Connection, Delta, Delta Connection, Northwest, Southwest, United/United Express and USAirways/USAirways Express. The Albany County Airport Authority operates full-service Air Cargo Terminal serving FedEx, UPS, DHL and Mobile Air.

Rail

Area passenger-rail service is provided by Amtrak at the Albany-Rensselaer station in Rensselaer. Frequent daily trains run between Albany and NYC Penn Station. With direct connections into the heart of NYC, commuting to the city can be a daily occurrence. When considering the time it takes to get through airport security and travel into the city especially during peak commuting hours, rail service versus air is hassle-free and cost-effective. The relaxing atmosphere and breathtaking views along the Hudson River are an added bonus.

Train service from Albany continues to Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Chicago, Boston and Montreal making the rail system an easy way to get from one corner of the state to the other and beyond.

Land

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) provides bus service throughout Albany and the surrounding area, including Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs. Greyhound Lines, Trailways, and Peter Pan buses all serve a downtown terminal. Low cost curbside bus service from the SUNY Albany campus and the Rensselaer station is also provided by Megabus, with direct service to New York City.

Sea

The Port of Albany-Rensselaer on the Hudson River serves domestic and international ships and barges. The Port’s 225-ton American Crawler Crane, newly refurbished storage and on-dock rail facility enables the shipment of a variety of products including grain, electric generators, steam turbines, wind turbines and blades, scrap metal, molasses and other commodities. The port has seen a surge in business from ethanol and crude oil shipments. The river also provides access to the state’s extensive canal system. The New York State Barge Canal is in use largely by tourist and private boats.