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October 3, 2017

Centro Partners with Syracuse City School District to Kick Off ‘Blessings in a Backpack' Program at Dr. King Elementary School

 

Continuing its tradition of giving back to the community, Centro executives, board members and employees will be delivering 600 bags of food to the students of Dr. King Elementary School (416 E. Raynor Ave, Syracuse) during a kickoff event at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6.

 

Students at Dr. King Elementary School will receive backpacks filled with healthy food each weekend throughout the school year thanks to the Blessings in a Backpack program. The national child hunger relief non-profit implemented the program as part of a City of Syracuse Public Schools Backpack Coalition Program, which supports existing school programs that provide food for hungry students during the weekends and extended breaks.

 

“Every week, employee volunteers at Centro will assemble food packs which will be delivered directly to the school on Thursday afternoon,” said Centro Board Chairman, Brian Schultz. “This is an opportunity for Centro to give back to the community we serve and we are happy to participate in such a rewarding and important program,” added Schultz. “We have an amazing group of people employed here at Centro,” said Centro CEO, Rick Lee. “When presented with opportunities to help support the needs of the communities we live in and provide service to, our employees are always willing to help out. It’s something we are very proud of as an organization,“ added Lee.

 

Centro will be making its first delivery of 600 food packs to the students at Dr. King Elementary School via a Centro bus. Those directly involved with the Blessings in a Backpack program, along with the media and members of the community who want to show their support to the children of Dr. King receiving this blessing, are welcome to attend the event.

 

About Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack, People Magazine’s Charity of 2012, is a results-oriented program that is designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the federally funded National School Lunch Program and have little or no food on the weekends. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program. As little as $100 feeds one American school child in our program for an entire 38-week school year. Blessings in a Backpack is currently feeding over 72,000 children in 44 states, the District of Columbia and 700+ schools. Please visit www.blessingsinabackpack.org. We are Feeding the Future of America® – one school at a time.




September 27, 2017

 
Centro Proposes Launch of New MAX Pass & Expansion of Day Pass

 

Centro is proposing new pass options for its customers effective November 6, 2017. The new pass options would include an Adult and Reduced Fare MAX Pass in all properties, along with Day Passes in Auburn, Oswego, Rome and Fulton.

 

Priced at the cost of five round-trip fares, the MAX Pass would provide customers with unlimited rides for seven consecutive calendar days.

 

“This Pass will offer our customers an economical solution to their transportation needs,” said Centro’s Chief Executive Officer Rick Lee. “Once activated in the farebox the MAX Pass will provide a rider with unlimited rides for seven consecutive days, so the more you ride, the more you save,” added Lee.

 

The MAX Pass would be sold at Centro’s Online Store, Main Offices, Transit Hubs, Pass Vending Machines, and at participating vendors listed at: www.centro.org. Proposed pricing is as follows:

 

Syracuse

MAX Pass Adult Fare          $20.00

MAX Pass Reduced Fare    $10.00

 

Utica

MAX Pass Adult Fare          $15.00

MAX Pass Reduced Fare    $7.50

 

Auburn / Fulton / Oswego / Rome

MAX Pass Adult Fare           $10.00

MAX Pass Reduced Fare     $5.00

 

Additionally, customers traveling on Centro buses in Auburn, Oswego, Fulton and Rome would have the option of purchasing Day Passes. Day Passes are currently only offered in Syracuse and Utica. The cost for the Day Pass in Auburn, Oswego, Fulton and Rome would be $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for persons who qualify for reduced fare. No other pass options would change in any location.

 

The public is invited to attend a Public Hearing / Informational Meeting on the proposed passes on October 18, 2017. Details are as follows:

 

Date: October 18, 2017
Location: Central Library (Community Room – Main Level), 447 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Informational Session: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Public Hearing: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

 

Individuals unable to attend the hearing may submit comments (1) via email at cnyrta@centro.org; (2) via Facebook or Twitter to @GoCentroBus; (3) in writing to Centro - Attn: MAX Pass/Day Pass, 200 Cortland Ave., PO Box 820, Syracuse, NY 13205-0820; or (4) by contacting Centro's Call Center at (315) 442-3400.




September 12, 2017
  

Centro's State Fair Park-N-Ride Express & Shuttle Service Set Milestones

 

The 2017 New York State Fair was a busy time for Centro, which provided 297,105 rides to customers from various Park-N-Ride locations across Onondaga, Cayuga and Oswego counties directly to the Fair’s Main Gate. That number represents a 17% increase in rides from 2016. Centro also provided shuttle rides to 279,815 Fairgoers from the State Fair’s Parking Lots to the Main Gate.

 

Of the 1,161,912 people who went through the turnstiles at the Fair in 2017, 1 out of every 4 arrived at the Main Gate on a Centro bus. Centro attributes the rise in ridership both to an increase in overall State Fair attendance and the restructuring of the Park-N-Ride location at the Fair’s Main Gate, which alleviated traffic congestion and vastly improved the overall customer experience.

 

Centro’s State Fair service operated from 6:30am until 12:15am each day of the Fair thanks to the efforts of approximately 150 full-time Centro employees and 75 seasonal part-time employees. A total of 80 Centro buses were deployed at peak service during the Fair.

 

This year, to address rising numbers of Fairgoers, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that additional bus service from regional transit authorities from around the State would be added to help support Centro’s Park-N-Ride Express service to and from The Great New York State Fair.

 

Calling upon Capital District Transportation Authority, Regional Transit Service, and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, the Governor was able to provide 16 additional buses at a new Park-N-Ride location at John Glenn Blvd/Farrell Rd. The new location, which opened on August 25 and operated through September 4, not only helped alleviate traffic congestion, it helped move Fairgoers to the Fairgrounds quicker. The added bus service provided nearly 30,000 rides.

 

"After record-breaking attendance in 2016, we made a promise to keep visitors moving at the Fair this year and this partnership with the transit authorities is delivering on that promise," Governor Cuomo said. "With 16 additional buses helping to transport more than 1,000 visitors an hour, getting to the Fair will be easier than ever while easing traffic on local roads. I encourage visitors from near and far to consider using public transportation to get to the Great New York State Fair this year."

 

The following transit authorities are providing buses as a result of a partnership with Centro and the New York State Fair:

  • Regional Transit Service in Rochester is providing six buses, drivers, and an operations supervisor to assist in managing the John Glenn Blvd / Farrell Rd Park-N-Ride location.
  • Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in Buffalo is providing six buses throughout the Fair along with drivers during the first weekend and last four days of the Fair.
  • Capital District Transportation Authority in Albany is providing four buses and up to four operators.

 

Centro Chief Executive Officer Rick Lee said, "Centro is very excited to welcome our sister transit agencies from Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany to work side by side with us to make the 2017 State Fair an outstanding event. Their contribution of buses and staff is a great example of inter-agency cooperation that benefits all New Yorkers! We want to thank Governor Cuomo and his team for facilitating this effort."




August 30, 2017
  

Governor Cuomo Announces New Park-N-Ride Lots Opening for the Final Weekend of the 2017 Great New York State Fair

 
Four New Lots Add 2,500 Parking Spaces to Park-N-Ride Program. State Fair Drives Tourism and Complements "Central New York Rising" - the Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy.

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of three more parking areas to provide shuttle service to the Great New York State Fair. The four parking lots, at John Glenn Blvd. and Farrell Rd. near I-690, the Regional Market in Liverpool and at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport in Salina, will provide approximately 2,500 more parking spaces as the Fair heads into what is traditionally its period of largest attendance.

 

"The Fair is on the fast track to another record-setting run and by offering additional parking options for visitors, we make getting to and from the Fair as smooth and efficiently as possible," Governor Cuomo said. "I urge visitors from New York and beyond to come to Central New York to see all that this year's Fair has to offer."

 

The two new lots at John Glenn Blvd. and Farrell Rd. add approximately 950 parking spaces and are adjacent to the 800-car lot that opened there earlier this week. Centro will continue to provide Park-N-Ride service there, arriving and departing every 15 minutes. Service is to the Fair's Main Gate. Centro will also serve the 800 spaces available at the Regional Market on Park St. in Syracuse. Service begins Saturday morning at 9 am and will run through the rest of the Fair. Fairgoers will be dropped off at and picked up in the Pink lot, opposite Gate 4. Buses will run every 20 minutes.

 

The Fair will provide free shuttle service via private buses from the 750 spaces made available at Hancock International Airport. Service will be to Gate 4, with drop-off and pickup in the Pink lot.

 

In addition to the new Park-N-Rides, Centro Express buses will regularly depart from State Fair Park-N-Ride locations across Onondaga, Cayuga, and Oswego Counties arriving at the Fair's Main Gate. Click here for locations and schedules. Centro Ride Passes and transfers will be accepted on all State Fair service buses. Fares and times will vary depending on location. For more information, please contact Centro's Call Center at (315) 442-3400.

 

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "We want all New Yorkers to be able to enjoy the Fair and believe these additional spaces will help traffic flow more smoothly on the busiest days. We are committed as a team to helping fairgoers enjoy the best experience possible at the NYS Fair."

 

New York State Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball said, "The Fair has become incredibly popular and is achieving its goal of bringing people from all over New York State to the fairgrounds.  These new parking lots will bring everyone here faster to enjoy the best agriculture, music and entertainment our state has to offer."

 

State Fair Acting Director Troy Waffner said, "Our number one focus, with our partners in state and local government and at Centro, is to help people enjoy their time with us.  We remain committed to improving all aspects of the customer experience."

 

Centro Executive Director Richard Lee said, "We are excited to be able to serve the additional Park-N-Ride opening at the Regional Market.  Centro's mission of providing safe, reliable transportation to the Fair will continue.  This new service continues our commitment to the Fair and to all of Upstate New York."

 

Accelerating Central NY Rising

Today's announcement complements "Central NY Rising," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested nearly $3 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

 

Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs.

 

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 23 to September 4, 2017. 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 home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A 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, on Snapchat at nysfair 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.




August 25, 2017
  

Governor Cuomo Announces Additional Bus Service to Support Parking Shuttle Services at The Great New York State Fair

 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that regional transit authorities from around the State are providing additional bus service to and from the Great New York State Fairgrounds. Capital District Transportation Authority, Regional Transit Service, and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority will provide a total of 16 buses at designated state fair park and ride locations, including the brand new John Glenn/Farrell Road Park-N-Ride location, helping alleviate traffic congestion and move fairgoers to the grounds. The Park-N-Ride location will be open exclusively during the Fair, starting today through September 4.

 

"After record-breaking attendance in 2016, we made a promise to keep visitors moving at the Fair this year and this partnership with the transit authorities is delivering on that promise," Governor Cuomo said. "With 16 additional buses helping to transport more than 1,000 visitors an hour, getting to the Fair will be easier than ever while easing traffic on local roads. I encourage visitors from near and far to consider using public transportation to get to the Great New York State Fair this year."

 

The following transit authorities will provide buses as a result of this partnership with CENTRO the New York State Fair:

  • Regional Transit Service in Rochester will provide six buses, drivers and an operations supervisor to assist in managing the John Glenn/Farrell Road Park-N-Ride location.
  • Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in Buffalo will provide six buses throughout the fair along with drivers during the first weekend and last four days of the Fair.
  • The Capital District Transportation Authority in Albany will provide four buses and up to four operators.

 

The John Glenn/Farrell Road Park-N-Ride system will be open from 8:30am to midnight for the run of the Fair. Shuttles will depart every 15 to 20 minutes. Early estimates suggest that this new added bus service will be able to help move more than 1,000 people per hour.

 
In addition to the new Park-N-Ride, CENTRO Express buses will regularly depart from State Fair Park-N-Ride locations across Onondaga, Cayuga, and Oswego Counties arriving at the Fair's Main Gate. Click here for locations and schedules. CENTRO Ride Passes and transfers will be accepted on all State Fair service buses. Fares and times will vary depending on location. For more information, please contact CENTRO's Call Center at (315) 442-3400.

 

State Fair Acting Director Troy Waffner said, "We are so thrilled to have secured this additional bus capacity to help with traffic flow. We're grateful to CENTRO and the regional transit authorities for pulling together and partnering with us to come up with an innovative way to address the influx of visitors we're seeing at Fair."

 

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "Year after year, the Great New York State Fair attracts hundreds of thousands of fairgoers eager to explore all that this jewel of Central New York has to offer. By offering this additional bus service for visitors and their families, we help them get to where they want to go quicker while easing congestion on the town's streets - expanding transportation options for locals and tourists alike."

 

Rick Lee, CEO of CENTRO said, "CENTRO is very excited to welcome our sister transit agencies from Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany to work side by side with us to make the 2017 State Fair an outstanding event. Their contribution of buses and staff is a great example of inter-agency cooperation that benefits all New Yorkers! We want to thank Governor Cuomo and his team for facilitating this effort."

 

Bill Carpenter, RTS CEO and NYPTA President said, "The New York State Fair is a premiere event and CENTRO does a great job managing transportation each year. With Governor Cuomo's leadership there is tremendous growth in attendance and interest in the Fair. RTS is pleased to join CDTA and NFTA in partnering with CENTRO to provide the best possible experience for residents and visitors at the Fair."

 

CDTA CEO Carm Basile said, "CDTA is thrilled to be part of the New York State Fair this year, along with our family of upstate transit properties. Transportation is a vital part of the upstate New York lifestyle and we are happy to help transport the hundreds of thousands of people who will attend the fair. The State Fair is a hallmark event for Central New York and a statewide jewel that showcases all that is great about New York." 

 

NFTA Executive Director Kimberley Minkel said, "The NFTA is pleased to lend a helping hand to support the Great New York State Fair. We are honored to help transport thousands of people from across the state and country who look forward to the fair every year. It's great to be part of this upstate public transportation collaboration that is both meaningful, efficient, and showcases what is great about New York State."

 

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 23 to September 4, 2017. 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 home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A 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, on Snapchat at nysfair and enjoy photos from the Fair at www.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.




August 18, 2017
  

Centro to Offer Round-Trip Tickets for State Fair Park-N-Rides

 
Centro will once again offer express bus service to the Main Gate each day of the 2017 New York State Fair, and in an attempt to move people quicker, will sell round- trip passes at its busiest Park-N-Rides this year.

 

Fairgoers will be able to purchase round-trip passes onsite prior to boarding buses at Destiny USA, Long Branch Park, ShoppingTown Mall, Camillus Mall, and Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn.

 

“This pass system should speed up the loading of customers on our buses, especially when leaving the State Fair Main Gate to return home,” said Centro Chief Executive Officer Rick Lee. “By having the passes already in hand, customers will be able to quickly board buses. More and more people are using our Park-N-Rides and we need to respond to the demand by improving the boarding process and reduce wait times.”

 

Centro operates State Fair Park-N-Ride service from more than a dozen locations in Onondaga, Oswego, and Cayuga Counties. Last year, Centro provided a record number of 258,000 rides to / from Park-N-Rides during the 12-day Fair.   

 

Customers will still be able to pay using cash or any valid Centro Pass via the farebox; however, all onsite Park-N-Ride pass purchases must be made with cash. The location and cost of shuttles in Onondaga County remains unchanged from last year - $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for persons with a disability, seniors 65+, and children 6-9 years of age. For exact schedule and fare information at all locations, customers should visit www.centro.org or call 315-442-3400.