ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Public Service Commission voted to approve the addition of another area code in the Capital Region to meet demands for new numbers.
518 is the only original area code in New York that has stayed true to its original boundaries. It’s one of the few national codes that has never been split or overlaid.
But on Thursday, the Public Service Commission approved an overlay of the 518 area code as demands for new numbers continue to rise.
“We thought there was an exhaust and that the exhaust wasn’t going to happen, but in this case, we’re running out of time,” NYS Public Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman said. “Exhaust is happening more quickly.”
It will only affect new numbers, but in 2017, everyone in the Capital Region will have to get used to always dialing ten digits.
“Plus, I’m getting older and another number to remember, it’ll be really hard to keep it straight,” Dave Gadomski, of Albany, said.
But for some, the Capital District will always be the 518.