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Published on 11/17/2009 by the Times Union written by JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST, Staff writer

ALBANY -- Councilman Dominick Calsolaro will be the guest speaker a meeting Wednesday of Citizens for Public Transportation.
Calsolaro said he was asked to discuss recent cutbacks at the Capital District Transportation Authority and the elimination of stops on numerous routes throughout the region, including on bus routes that serve Albany, Waterford, Troy, Watervliet, Latham, Schenectady and Crossgates Mall in Guilderland.

Calsolaro, who represents the 1st Ward, said he will talk about how the elimination of the stops adversely affect disabled riders.

CDTA has said the moves boost the efficiency of its service by moving from stops every block to every several blocks, an industry standard, while also helping the authority cut its operating budget.

At least two routes that serve Duanesburg and Westerlo have been eliminated outright.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Albany Public Library's main branch at 161 Washington Ave