CDTA drivers help those in need on cold nights

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On nights when temperatures drop below zero, CDTA drivers will help those they see that may be in need and offer a ride.

Cold Blue has gone into effect in the city of Albany. A Code Blue is called when the temperature is expected to reach ten degrees or less, including the wind chill, or when 12 inches or more of snow is forecasted.

With freezing temperatures expected over the weekend, the city wants to ensure those less fortunate don’t suffer by opening shelters such as the Capital City Rescue Mission on South Pearl Street or the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless Drop-In Center on South Swan Street.

But pedestrians are thought of, too.

CDTA buses are considered “safe places” by the city. If a driver sees someone walking in cold weather, the driver may offer the pedestrian a ride to get to where they need to go.

Bob ‘Big Dog’ Dotterer drives the 905 bus. He said it’s easier to spot those who may be suffering outside.

“Oh yeah,” he said. “They go for the bus real quick.”

Dotterer will even let people sit on the bus just to warm up.

“It’s a good feeling, you know,” he said. “It’s like let them come in and warm up. I let people sit on the bus when I’m on my layover.”

Wayne Baker of Schenectady appreciates CDTA’s efforts during Code Blue. The 22 year old relies on the bus system to get back-and-forth to work.

“People can’t expect them to always be on time with the weather, traffic, people,” he said. “But it’s definitely a good thing to do.”

Dotterer said he takes pride in being there for anybody who may need him.

“You take them aboard and you find out if you can help them in a certain way and call police if necessary or do whatever it takes to keep them safe,” he said.

Albany Code Blue is in effect from Thursday, February 12 through Monday, February 16.

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