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Transportation

The Rensselaer Gateway communities are linked by a variety of transportation systems and are surrounded by Interstates 87, 90 and 787, making it easily accessible from the major metropolitan areas of New York (140 miles), Boston (170 miles), Buffalo (290 miles) and Montreal (250 miles). The region is also a gateway to Vermont, Massachusetts and the northern states of New England.

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Albany International Airport is within minutes of the Gateway communities. The airport offers wireless internet service, a foreign currency exchange, and convenient parking garages, including economy parking. Airline carriers at the airport include Air Canada, American Eagle, Continental Express, Continental Connection, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways and US Airways Express.

The Rensselaer Rail Station is the first major rail center built in the United States in over 50 years. The station is the 14th busiest Amtrak station in the network across the country with over 600,000 customers passing through every year (a volume that surpasses many metropolitan areas). The Capital Region is one of the few areas in the country where passengers can travel north, east, south, or west by rail. The centrally located Rensselaer Rail Station serves passengers traveling to and from New York City, the Adirondacks, Canada, Vermont and upstate New York area.

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The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) offers over 55 public bus routes that connect throughout the region, serving Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga Counties. CDTA bus service is cost effective and easily accessible with many routes operating 7 days a week. Adirondack Trailways, Bonanza, Greyhound, Peter Pan, Vermont Lines and Yankee Trails provide inter-city transportation through local operators.

Strategically located on the upper Hudson River only 124 nautical miles north of New York City, the Port of Albany-Rensselaer is at the heart of an extensive water, rail and road transportation infrastructure. From international shippers and manufacturers to local and regional businesses, this year-round port offers a gateway to the world through the many oceangoing vessels and weekly container barge service calling at the facilities. Passenger and leisure boats are welcome at docks in downtown Troy, and private cruise ships tour the Hudson River from the locks in Cohoes and Waterford, down to the skyline of Albany.

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