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December 12, 2016
  

Centro Debuts Mobile App

 

The Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (Centro) launched its first official mobile app today. The new “GoCentroBus” app provides customers in the Syracuse, Utica, Auburn, Rome, Fulton and Oswego service areas with access to real-time transit information directly on their smartphones and tablets. Available for FREE on iOS and Android devices, the “GoCentroBus” app uses GPS technology to show customers the exact location of their bus on a Google map while providing predictive arrival times to the exact minute.

 

“This is a significant step up in our transit technology,” said Centro Chief Executive Officer Rick Lee. “This app allows our riders to see exactly where their bus is and when it’s going to arrive at their stop. It’s reassuring information that allows them to make better use of their time, while knowing their bus is on the way.”

 

The app also provides customers with a trip planning feature, service alert information, and the ability to bookmark favorite bus stop locations.

 

“It’s not only a great tool for our current riders, but this app makes it easier to entice potential riders to use our system. The “GoCentroBus” app simplifies the process for first-time users by providing information right at their fingertips,” said Lee.

 

Centro representatives will be on hand at the Syracuse Transit Hub on December 13th and 14th and at the Utica Transit Hub on December 20th to answer questions and assist customers with setting up the app on their mobile devices. Customers can also access more information about the app via Centro’s website (www.centro.org), its Facebook (www.facebook.com/GoCentroBus)  or Twitter (www.twitter.com/GoCentroBus) pages, or by calling Centro’s customer service center at 315-442-3400.



August 16, 2016

Centro and The Great New York State Fair Announce Restoration of ShoppingTown Mall Park-N-Ride Location to the Fair


Centro and the Great New York State Fair announced today that Centro will operate a Park-N-Ride location at ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt during the 2016 Great New York State Fair. The shuttle will operate daily during the Fair beginning at 9:30 a.m., with buses running each half hour. Last year, Centro provided about 34,000 rides between ShoppingTown and the Fair.

 
“After careful consideration we are pleased to announce the restoration of the ShoppingTown Mall Park-N-Ride location, which provides an option for fairgoers living in the eastern part of Onondaga County. Our mission is to transport people in a safe, efficient manner and our Park-N-Ride system does just that,” said Centro Chief Executive Officer Rick Lee.

“Centro has worked hard to increase its service to the State Fair and has become an essential part of the effort to move people efficiently. I applaud Centro’s management for working with us and listening to its customers to find a way to make an excellent plan even better,” Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner said.

 

“This is excellent news and shows the dedication Centro has to the people of Central New York.  I encourage everyone to come to the Fair this year, and to consider getting there the easy way – by letting Centro do the driving,” said Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County Executive.

 

The ShoppingTown Park-N-Ride location joins two new stops closer to the Fairgrounds, at Long Branch Park in Liverpool and at Destiny USA in Syracuse, which will provide near-continuous service to the Fairgrounds.  Buses will leave Destiny USA every 8 – 10 minutes, and will leave Long Branch Park every 12 – 15 minutes. 

 

Centro shuttles from its Transit Hub in downtown Syracuse and from the parking lot of Lowe’s in Camillus remain unchanged, with one-way rides costing $2 for adults and $1 for persons with disabilities, seniors and children ages 6-9. Centro also offers direct service to the Fair from its Park-N-Ride locations in Auburn, Port Byron, Elbridge, Weedsport, Oswego, Fulton, and Phoenix. Full price one-way fares range from $2 to $5.  More information on convenient Park-N-Ride services to the Great New York State Fair is available on the Centro website.

 

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 25 to September 5, 2016. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

 

The 375-acre New York State Fairgrounds is undergoing the most significant transformation since it first opened its gates in 1890. The $50 million plan, announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, revitalizes the grounds in many ways, improving the quality of the fairgoer’s experience and providing greater economic benefits for the region. Improvements include the dramatic new Main Gate— the arches of which recall the carriage gate that greeted fairgoers in 1900, a larger, 15-acre Wade Shows Midway that will hold more rides than ever, and the brand new 315-site Empire RV Park with underground water, sewer and electrical service. The plan will better position the New York State Fairgrounds as a premier year-round, multi-use facility that can attract more events and visitors from across the nation. Renderings can be viewed here.

 

year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow@NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Flickr.com/photos/nysfair. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

 




July 27, 2016
  

Centro’s State Fair Park-N-Ride Express Service Available August 25th – September 5th

 
Centro's popular New York State Fair Park-N-Ride Express Service will once again be available August 25, 2016 - September 5, 2016 from several Oswego County Park-N-Ride locations. Express Service buses will depart regularly from the following locations, and will drop customers off at the Fair’s Main Gate:

Oswego County

Oswego City – Downtown @ W. 1st Street & Bridge Street

Oswego City – Downtown @ W. 1st Street & W. Schuyler Street

Fulton – City Lot #4 @ 1st St & Oneida St

Phoenix – Lock Island Park @ Culvert St

Oswego – SUNY Oswego @ Campus Center (Sep 2-5 only)

 
Oswego County customers are being advised that the Park-N-Ride formerly located at the Tim Hortons Auxiliary Lot @ 263 E. 1st Street (between Simeon DeWitt Apartments & Tim Hortons) will no longer be utilized as a pick-up/drop-off location. This location has been relocated to W. 1st Street & W. Schuyler Street.

 
Park-N-Ride Express locations, fares, and schedule information can be viewed at: http://www.centro.org/special-events/ny-state-fair.

 
In addition to cash, Centro customers may use valid Centro Ride Passes and Transfers to ride the State Fair Express Service.

 
Questions concerning Centro’s NYS Fair service should be directed to Centro’s Call Center at: (315) 442-3400.




July 7, 2016
 
Centro Improves State Fair Park-N-Ride Networks for Shorter, More Frequent Rides

Centro’s State Fair Park-N-Ride network will debut two new locations (Destiny USA and Long Branch Park) in an effort to increase bus frequency, shorten wait times, and move more people during the upcoming 2016 New York State Fair.

“These two new locations will allow us to accommodate more people and move them more quickly to the front gate of the New York State Fair” said Centro Chief Executive Officer Rick Lee, who says the new locations should reduce a Fairgoer’s “front door-to-front gate” travel time. “This allows us to run a more efficient network, better serve Fairgoers, and best utilize our current bus fleet.” 

 
Buses will leave every 8-10 minutes from Destiny USA and every 12-15 minutes from Long Branch Park, compared to previous services that operated every 60 minutes from Seneca Mall and every 30 minutes from ShoppingTown Mall. The Park-N-Rides at Destiny USA and Long Branch Park will replace Park-N-Rides previously operated by Centro at ShoppingTown Mall, Seneca Mall and the Regional Market.    

 
“We believe these changes will make a very big difference in helping people get to and from the Fair much more efficiently. Our partnership with Centro is vitally important and we thank them for working with us to make it easier for people to enjoy the Great New York State Fair,” said Troy Waffner, Acting Fair Director.

 
“We are incredibly excited to partner with Centro and its popular Park-N-Ride program to help Fairgoers get to and from the New York State Fair in the fastest, most convenient way possible,” said Rob Schoeneck, General Manager of Destiny USA. “Given our central location, ample room for parking, and close proximity to the New York State Fair, we’re confident guests will be able to spend less time travelling to the Fair and more time enjoying it.”

 
Centro’s Park-N-Ride shuttles from the Centro Transit Hub and Lowe’s in Camillus Commons will operate unchanged. The cost of shuttles will also remain unchanged; $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for persons with disabilities, seniors, and children 6-9 years of age.

Centro provided more than 180,000 rides to and from the New York State Fair from its Park-N-Ride locations during last year’s 12-day fair.

 
Centro State Fair Park-N-Ride Locations



 June 21, 2016

Centro to Begin Service to Township 5

 
Beginning Monday, June 27, 2016 Centro will provide service seven days a week to and from Township 5 via its 374 Solvay–Avery bus route.

“We’ve received many requests from employees and residents expressing interest in service to Township 5,” said Centro Chief Executive Officer Rick Lee.  “We’ve been working with the Cameron Group since they announced plans for construction of Township 5 and we are pleased to be able to provide this service.  Centro is committed to supporting the economic growth of our communities by providing transit services that move people to and from their workplace and popular destinations such as Township 5.”

 
Centro will provide service to Township 5 from approximately 5:30am to 11:00pm weekdays, and from approximately 7:00am to 11:00pm on weekends and holidays.

 
“We are very happy to welcome Centro’s bus service into Township 5,” said Cameron Group Partner Joseph Goethe.  “Township 5 is a mixed use center designed to Live, Shop, Work, Play and Stay.  The benefit of having public transportation to and from the facility allows us to expand the customer base and is a valued benefit for not only the visitors to our site but also the residents and the employees of the medical park.  It will bring more customers to our retailers, and fills a significant transportation need for our retail workers.”

 
The Centro bus stop will be located in the parking area between Costco and the Movie Tavern.  A shelter will be added in the coming weeks.

 
“I think this is great both for our employees who may not have a vehicle, and members that may be in the same situation. Not to mention potential new members who may not have signed up for a membership due to the fact that there was not any public transportation available up to this point. It’s a win/win situation,” said Costco General Manager Ray Luysterborghs.

 
Customers may contact Centro at www.centro.org or 315-442-3400 for further details.

Sy 74 Solvay schedule (PDF)
 

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