Centro Transit Hub Updates

Centro Syracuse:
Centro Transit Hub Open

As of Tuesday, September 4, 2012, Centro will commence operations at the Centro Transit Hub at 599 S. Salina Street and will cease operations at Common Center (intersection of Fayette & Salina Streets) in Downtown Syracuse.

Also going into effect on Tuesday, September 4th are the new Centro bus schedules. Clink link below for full array of schedule and bus information:

For more information regarding the new schedules, please call: (315) 442-3400.

Centro Syracuse:
Transit Hub operations to begin on Tuesday September 4, 2012

The new Centro Transit Hub in downtown Syracuse will open and begin serving Centro bus riders and the general public on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

On that day, all bus transfers currently occurring at the “Common Center,” the intersection of Salina and Fayette Streets in downtown Syracuse, will start taking place at the new Transit Hub located at the intersection of Salina and Adams Streets.

“We share our community’s great anticipation for the opening of our Transit Hub,” said Centro Executive Director Frank Kobliski. “We recognize the need and desire to reduce the heavy congestion in the commercial heart of our city.”

“We had originally hoped to begin Hub operations in late July, but completing the necessary modifications to the traffic signalization systems adjacent to the Hub and then obtaining the required approvals from the New York State Department of Transportation will take longer than anticipated,” Kobliski said. “The facility cannot function without the proper traffic controls in place.”

The new traffic signal system at the intersections of East Adams Street with South Salina and South Warren Streets will allow Centro buses to seamlessly and safely enter and exit the traffic flow along Salina and Warren Streets from the Transit Hub. The traffic configuration at corner of East Adams and South Salina Street will change from a 4-way intersection to a 5-way intersection. The addition of a dedicated signal phase on Salina Street, which operates only when buses exit the Hub, has necessitated a complete reconfiguration of the existing traffic signal system.

By scheduling its opening until immediately after Labor Day, the startup of the Hub will not conflict with Centro’s critical New York State Fair Park-N-Ride bus services. Centro carries 7% of its total yearly ridership in just 12 days during the State Fair. Providing this service requires all of Centro’s manpower and resources.

“Between now and September 4th, we will be disseminating information to our customers to prepare them for the opening. We will also include orientation sessions for the general public the week before the opening, to invite our customers and the general public to see the new facility,” said Kobliski.

Centro customers can expect the bus route and schedule information to be available according to the following schedule:

July 19: System maps detailing the new bus routes through downtown Syracuse and a map of the new Transit Hub are now available to the public online at www.centro.org . Printed versions are available at our downtown information booth.

July 23: Installation begins on new “route –specific” bus stop signs throughout downtown Syracuse. These signs will inform downtown customers exactly which bus routes will serve a particular bus stop. 

July 30: New public timetables and will be available online at www.centro.org

August 13-19: New printed public timetables will be available at our downtown information booth and other regular Centro schedule outlets.

August 28-30: Public orientation sessions will be held for anyone who wishes to tour the Hub before it opens. Centro staff will be onsite between 10am-3pm on these days to conduct tours.

Once the new Transit Hub opens, Centro will continue to serve all areas of downtown Syracuse. Virtually all bus trips will include a stop at the new Centro Transit Hub and bus routings will remain unchanged outside of the immediate downtown area.  Minor changes to certain routings within downtown Syracuse will be communicated through new signage and within the new public timetables.

Construction has reached the 90% mark on the Centro Transit Hub

The construction on the Centro Transit Hub has reached its final stages. Installation of the translucent panels on both the sides and ceiling of the canopy will continue for the next few weeks while commissioning tests of the major systems (HVAC, radiant heat, etc) will also take place. Signage for the Hub interior, bus bays and routes will be going up throughout the month of May. The official opening of the Hub is slated for late July 2012.

Centro Transit Hub:
50% Completed

50 percent HUB

Construction on The Centro Hub is nearing the 50% completion point.  Crews are busy now putting up steel for what will eventually be a 53,000 square foot canopy that will cover the passenger loading area.  When complete, the Hub will feature 22 passenger loading bays and an enclosed passenger waiting area that will include a customer service desk, public restrooms, electronic bus departure information and automated bus pass vending machines. The Centro Hub is scheduled to be open to the public in the first quarter of 2012.

Animated video of The Centro Hub when completed
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Construction progress on The Centro Hub as of August 4, 2011
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Construction Underway:

Demolition Underway:
Construction to Begin in December on new Centro Transit Hub

Red Cross building demolition

Demolition is now underway to knock down the existing buildings at the site of Centro's future Transit Hub.  Crews will spend about a month demolishing the former Red Cross facility at the corner of Adams, South Salina and South Warren Streets paving the way for construction to begin on the facility in December. 

The new Transit Hub will feature an enclosed waiting area, 22 weather protected bus boarding bays and a Centro information center.  Construction is expected to take about a year with the facility scheduled to open for business in the first quarter of 2012.

Transfer Hub Interior

Centro Holds Public Information
Meeting on Transit Hub

Transfer Hub Fascade

Syracuse, NY- Centro held a public information meeting on the design of its new Transit Hub on Monday September 13, 2010. The meeting was held at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in the Atrium in downtown Syracuse from 4pm -6pm. Design of the transfer hub has reached 60% of completion. New renderings included in the presentation are linked below.

Transfer Hub Public Meeting Presentation and Renderings

Read and watch the news coverage of the event on 9wsyr.com

Final Piece of Funding in Place for New Centro Transit Hub

Centro Executive Director Frank Kobliski discusses the impact of an $8.5 million federal grant for Centro’s new transfer hub as Congressman Daniel Maffei and Senator Charles Schumer look on.

Syracuse, NY – The final piece of funding is now in place ensuring that construction will soon begin on Centro’s new Transit Hub in downtown Syracuse.

     The U. S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (Centro) $8.5 Million as part of its Bus Facilities Livability grant program.  The grant ensures that all the money is now in place for the project.

     The new transfer hub will be located at a site bounded by South Salina St., East Adams St., and South Warren Sts.  It will feature an enclosed waiting area for customers, weather protected bus bays for passenger loading and bus pass vending machines.  The new Hub will replace Centro’s current Common Center transfer point at the corners of Fayette and Salina Streets.
Construction on the new Transit Hub will begin later this fall after remediation and demolition of the existing building is completed.  The new Hub is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012.
Federal Transportation Administration Administrator Peter Rogoff, U.S Rep. Dan Maffei and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced the grant at a news conference in Syracuse.
Centro’s grant is the fourth largest in the Livability program nationwide; only New York, Chicago and Stamford, CT had transportation projects that received more money.

Centro unveils plans for future Transit Hub


Centro has unveiled plans for its future Transit Hub to be located at the corner of South Salina, Warren and Adams Streets.  The design features and enclosed climate-controlled waiting area, 22 route-specific bus bays that will make transferring between buses easier for customers, electronic LED displays that will indicate the route and departure time of the next bus, and a bus loading area that will be weather-protected.

The new facility will serve mainly as a transfer location.  Centro will continue provide service to the Central Business District in downtown Syracuse and all of its major employers.

Construction is set to begin in Fall 2010. 

The design team includes Centro, QPK Design, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Robson Woese Inc., and Fisher Associates.

Click here for Images of the projected Transfer Hub.

Centro's New Transit Hub:
A Work in Progress

Syracuse, NY- The CNYRTA is moving forward on its plan to build a new Transit Hub in downtown Syracuse. The Authority received Federal Transit Administration approval of the proposed site bounded by South Salina St., South Warren St., and Adams St. - which is about two blocks south of the existing Common Center. The next steps to secure ownership of the property and solicit proposals for design and construction are already underway.

"We are extremely pleased to clear this hurdle in the process and to move this process along," said CNYRTA Executive Director Frank Kobliski. "We are thankful for the efforts of Congressman Jim Walsh, who has helped secure about 40% of the funding for this important project.

The new facility will feature a semi- enclosed area to shelter transit passengers from Central New York's winter weather as they wait for buses. The design will also make it easier and safer for Centro customers to transfer between bus routes as they will no longer have to cross busy streets. The new location will help reduce traffic congestion in the downtown corridor as bus line ups will occur off the street. The transfer hub is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2012.

Centro Working Towards New Transfer Location

The The CNYRTA is beginning the development of a new facility to replace its main Transit Hub in downtown Syracuse. This important project began with an assessment of fourteen potential sites in the central business district (CBD). The assessment, over a several-year period, included, but was not limited to, the following criteria:

• Customer needs
• Ability to maintain CBD access by all routes
• Impact on Centro service from a time / cost perspective
• Financial impact - capital and operating costs
• Impact on traffic patterns
• Safety
• Retail impact
• Environmental impact

The site selected for the new transfer hub which will best meet the needs of riders and the community-at-large is bounded by Adams, Warren and Salina Streets, a few blocks south of the current location.

CLICK TO ENLARGE“We are looking to build a transfer center that will provide our customers with protection from the elements and at the same time be an easier and safer transfer point,” said CNYRTA Executive Director Frank Kobliski.

The CNYRTA held two public information sessions in December, allowing residents opportunities to discuss the project with CNYRTA officials. The sessions were well attended and the overwhelming response from the public was in favor of moving the transfer location. Additional information sessions were conducted with community groups over the next few months with the same positive responses.

“I have a daughter who is visually impaired, as well as having a mobility problem and it concerns me when she is crossing the street down there,” said Darlene Retchless who identified herself as a frequent Centro rider. “So this is one great, big, positive move.”

The next step in the process is to perform an environmental evaluation of the site and then begin the design and engineering process. The cost is expected to be between $12 million and $13 million.

“We’re early in the process, but we hope to have the center ready by the end of 2009,” said Kobliski. “It’s time to move. We need to reduce the congestion on Salina Street and eliminate the need for our customers to cross a city street to transfer between buses.”

Initial plans for the new center include amenities such as an ATM and a newsstand.


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