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.
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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