GLOVERSVILLE – Gloversville Mobility Manager Brent Warren told the Common Council Tuesday night that private bus company Adirondack Trailways will be ending its bus service out of Gloversville beginning Sept. 6.
“We got word, this week, that Trailways is pulling out of Gloversville,” Warren said during his report to the Council. “They’re pulling out of two of their locations [statewide], and we’re one of them. Our liaison found out about it. We had heard a rumor about it last week, and we were hoping it wasn’t true, but Sept. 6 will be their last day.”
Adirondack Trailways is a component of the Trailways of New York charter bus network, and has operated a seven-days-a-week bus service from Gloversville to Albany for years. The company temporarily suspended bus service in August 2020 during the heart of the coronavirus pandemic. It eventually resumed service, but cut the number of bus runs out of Gloversville from two-per-day to one.
Warren said he still hopes Adirondack Trailways will resume services at some point, but he doesn’t know if that will ever happen.
“We sell tickets for them, and lack of ridership — I would imagine — is what they’re basing everything off of,” he said. “Sales go up and down every month, [but, in general, sales] have gone down. July sales were high, but June sales were real low.”
Warren said the Gloversville Transit System will continue to run four buses per day into the city of Amsterdam, where riders, starting on Monday, will be able to link up with a Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) bus that can take them to Albany or anywhere else CDTA runs its buses. He said bus riders will be able to connect with Trailways buses running out of Amsterdam or connect to the Amtrak system.
“It won’t affect a lot of people, but it just takes away one option of getting out of town for some people,” he said. “The only good news is Monday CDTA starts their round-robin through Amsterdam, and that’ll help our connectivity with other areas. We’re still connected to Amtrak.”
Warren said the Gloversville Transit System gets a commission from the Adirondack Trailways bus tickets its sells, but, without having exact figures to reference Tuesday night, he said in general he doesn’t think it amounts to very much revenue. He said the company had been parking its buses, sometimes as many as three at a time, in the Gloversville Transit System’s parking lot.
“They just won’t be there anymore,” Warren said.
Information about bus routes and ticket prices for the Gloversville Transit System is available at www.ride-gts.com.