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Central New York Regional Transportation Authority

Central New York Regional Transportation Authority
Centro logo 2016.jpg
SloganEasy to use, hard to beat.
Founded1970
Headquarters200 Cortland Avenue, Syracuse, NY, 13205-0820[1]
LocaleSyracuse and surrounding areas
Service typeBus transit
Fleet238[2]
Daily ridershipApproximately 42,000 (weekdays)[2]
Fuel typeDiesel, CNG, Diesel-electric hybrid
Chief executiveBrian Schultz
Websitewww.centro.org

The Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (d/b/a Centro) is a New York State public benefit corporation and the operator of mass transit in Onondaga, Oswego, Cayuga, and Oneida counties in New York state.[2] The CNYRTA was formed on August 1, 1970, along with similar agencies in Rochester, Albany, and Buffalo. CENTRO won the American Public Transportation Association's 2006 "Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement Award" for bus companies serving 4 million to 30 million riders a year.

In 2018, Centro had a ridership of 10.3 million trips, down from a 2008 high of 12.1 million trips. [3]

Organization

Centro has a 9-member board of directors, including one non-voting member.[4] Its CEO is Brian Schultz.[5] In 2017, Centro had operating expenses of $93.34 million, no outstanding debt, and a level of staffing of 738 people.[6]

Operations

A typical Centro bus stop sign

Centro operates four separate systems in the urban areas of the counties served. Each system generally offers a spoke-and-hub route system focused on the downtown areas.

CNY Centro

The biggest service area is the city of Syracuse and suburban Onondaga County. Centro took over the assets and operations of the Syracuse Transit Corporation on January 17, 1972, and those of the suburban Syracuse & Eastern Transit Corp. in 1974. CNY Centro has 34 routes with a service pattern typical of a spoke-and-hub system. Routes begin in Downtown Syracuse or Syracuse University and spread out through the area. Many local routes provide service to towns in suburban Onondaga County. CNY Centro also operates Syracuse University campus shuttle and special event services and various tripper routes for Syracuse City School District high school students.

Routes in this network are numbered 10 to 88. Instead of an alpha-numeric route numbering system, CNY Centro denotes route variations by prefixing the route number with an additional digit. The base route number is the shortest version of the route (ex. route #26), with the longest route version being numbered higher (ex. route #26/#326).

Centro of Oswego

Routes are based in the City of Oswego, New York. Service began on August 28, 1972. Routes extend east and west through the city. The neighboring communities of Fulton and Mexico are also provided with fixed route service. Centro assumed operation of Oswego-Fulton-Syracuse intercity bus service from S&O Coach on June 21, 1993. Centro also provides zero-fare bus service on the SUNY Oswego campus.

Centro of Cayuga

Routes are based in the City of Auburn, New York. Service began on April 2, 1973. Since 2004 all local bus routes are interconnected, offering one-seat rides throughout the city. Centro of Cayuga provides service connecting Auburn and outlying rural communities with Downtown Syracuse. Centro assumed operation of Auburn-Syracuse intercity bus service from Onondaga Coach on August 30, 1993.

Centro of Oneida

Centro of Oneida began operation on April 1, 2005 with the acquisition of the financially troubled Utica Transit Authority based in Utica, New York. The UTA was a local agency only and did not have the same ability to raise revenues as a public benefit corporation such as the CNYRTA. Merging the local county bus operations into the Centro system brought greater financial stability. On October 1, 2005, Centro of Oneida assumed the operations of the VIP Transportation bus system in Rome, New York. This merger of services has allowed for improved transit for citizens of Oneida County. All of the former UTA and VIP buses were reconditioned with digital destination signs, upgraded air conditioning systems and new fare collection equipment. All buses are wheelchair accessible.

However, Oneida County routes do not connect directly to those in Onondaga, Cayuga, and Oswego Counties. Service between Utica, Rome and Syracuse was operated by Central New York Coach Lines until 1993 and these rights are now owned by Birnie Bus Service.

Routes (as of March 2020)

Onondaga County

A coach for long-distance routes and a typical Centro city bus at the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center, in Syracuse.
Route Number Route Name Major Streets Variations
10 South Salina - Nedrow South Salina
  • 10 South Salina - Brighton
  • 110 Valley Plaza
  • 410 Nedrow
  • 410X Nedrow Express
510 Tully - Lafayette Express
16 North Salina - 7th North
  • North Salina
  • 7th North St
  • Electronics Parkway
  • Old Liverpool Road & Vine St
  • Henry Clay Blvd & Hopkins Road
  • 16 North Salina - Regional Transit Center
  • 116 North Salina - 7th North - Destiny USA
  • 216 North Salina - Electronics Pkwy
  • 316 North Salina - Electronics Pkwy via Liverpool
20 James St - Lamson St
  • James St
  • Midler Ave
  • 20 James St - Lamson
  • 120 James St - Midler Ave
21 James St - Sunnycrest Rd
  • James St
  • Teall Ave
  • Grant Blvd & Shop City
  • Sunnycrest Road
  • 21 James St - Sunnycrest Rd
  • 121 James St - Sunnycrest Rd Extension
22 James St - Route 298
  • James St
  • Route 298/Carrier Circle
  • Thompson Road
  • Fly Road
  • 22 James St - Route 298
  • 122 James St - Route 298 - Fly Road
23 James St - East Syracuse- Shoppingtown
  • James St
  • Route 290 & E. Syracuse Walmart
  • Widewaters Pkwy & Shoppingtown
  • 23 James St - E. Syracuse
  • 123 James St - E. Syracuse/Walmart
  • 223 James St - Shoppingtown
  • 323 James St - E. Syracuse/Minoa
  • 323X Minoa Express
26 South Ave
  • W. Onondaga St
  • South Ave
  • Bellevue Ave
  • Valley Drive
  • Onondaga Road
  • 26 South Ave - Glenwood
  • 126 South Ave - Hospital
  • 226 South Ave - Onondaga Comm. Collegej
  • 226X South Ave - Onondaga Comm. College Express
  • 326 South Ave - High Acres
  • 426 South Ave/Valley Drive - Hospital
  • 526 South Ave/Valley Drive - Onondaga Comm. College
30 SU/Westcott St
  • Washington St
  • Irving Ave
  • Colleg Place & Euclid Ave
  • Westcott St
  • E. Genesee St & Shoppingtown
  • 30 SU/Westcott
  • 130 SU/Westcott - Nottingham HS
  • 230 SU/Westcott - Menorah Park
  • 330 SU/Westcott - Jamesville Rd
  • 530 SU/Westcott - Shoppingtown
36 West Genesee St - Camillus
  • W Genesee St
  • Erie Blvd West
  • State Street
  • 36 W Genesee St - Camillus Commons
  • 136 W Genesee St - Camillus
  • 236 Auburn via Camillus & Skaneateles
38 Auburn
  • W Genesee St
  • Fay Road
  • Erie Blvd West
  • State Street
  • 38 Auburn via Weedsport & Elbridge
  • 138 Auburn via Skaneateles & Taunton
40 SU - Nob Hill - Drumlins
  • State St
  • Adams St
  • Irving Ave
  • College Place
  • Comstock
  • Thurber St
  • Brighton & Nob Hill
  • 40 SU - College Place
  • 140 SU - Thurber St
  • 240 SU - Nob Hill
  • 340 SU - Drumlins
  • 340C SU - Drumlins (trips begin/end at College Place)
46 Liverpool - Route 57
  • State St
  • Park St & Destiny USA
  • Old Liverpool Rd & Route 57
  • Soule Road
  • Route 31
  • 46 Liverpool - Route 57
  • 246 Oswego via Fulton/Phoenix
48 Liverpool - Morgan
  • State St
  • Park St & Destiny USA
  • Old Liverpool Rd
  • Morgan Rd
  • 48 Liverpool - Morgan Rd - Grampian
  • 148 Liverpool - Morgan Rd - Bayberry
  • 248 Liverpool - Morgan Rd - John Glenn Blvd
50 Destiny USA - RTC
  • Solar St
  • Park St
  • 50 Destiny USA via I-81
  • 550 Destiny USA via Solar St
52 Court St - Park St
  • Salina St
  • Townsend St
  • Butternut St
  • Park St & Court St
  • Teall Ave
  • Route 298
  • 52 Court St/Park St - Shop City
  • 152 Court St - Industrial Park
54 Midland Ave - Valley Drive
  • South Salina St.
  • South Ave & Bellevue Ave
  • Midland Ave
  • Valley Drive
  • Seneca Turnpike
  • 54 Midland Ave - Matson
  • 254 Midland Ave/Valley Dr - Valley Plaza
58 Parkhill
  • Burnet Ave
  • Thompson Road
  • Kirkville Road
  • 58 Parkhill
62 Fayetteville - Manlius
  • E Genesee St
  • Widewaters Pkwy & Shoppingtown
  • Route 257
  • 62 Fayetteville via E Genesee St
  • 162 Manlius via I-690 & Widewaters Pkwy
  • 262 Manlius via E. Genesee St
  • 262X Manlius Express via I-481
  • 362 Dewitt Express via I-690
  • 462 Manlius (trips begin/end at Shoppingtown)
64 Western Lights
  • W Onondaga St
  • Grand Ave
  • Fay Road
  • 64 W Onondaga - Western Lights
  • 164 W Onondaga - Western Lights - Bellevue Manor
  • 264 W Onondaga - Western Lights - St. Camillus
  • 364 Grand Ave - Western Lights
  • 464 Grand Ave - Western Lights - St. Camillus
68 E Fayette St - Erie Blvd. East
  • E Fayette St
  • Erie Boulevard East
  • 68 E Fayette St - Westmoreland
  • 168 E Fayette St - Erie Blvd E - Shoppingtown
72 Townsend - East Colvin
  • Townsend Ave
  • E Colvin St
  • Comstock Ave
  • Brighton Ave
  • 72 Townsend Ave
  • 172 East Colvin
74 Solvay
  • Gifford St
  • Milton Ave
  • Avery Ave
  • 74 Solvay - Milton St - Bailey St
  • 274 Solvay - Avery St - Bailey St
  • 374 Solvay - Avery St - Township 5
76 Salt Springs Road
  • E Genesee St
  • Salt Springs Rd
  • Thompson Road
  • 76 E Genesee St - Salt Springs Rd - Lemoyne College
  • 176 E Genesee St - Salt Springs Rd - Shoppingtown
80 Grant Boulevard
  • James St
  • Park St
  • Butternut St
  • Grant Blvd
  • 80 Grant Blvd - Shop city
  • 180 Grant Blvd - Taft & Dunlap
82 Baldwinsville
  • State St
  • State Fair Boulevard
  • 82 Baldwinsville
  • 182 Baldwinsville - Indian Springs
  • 682 Lakeview Park & Fairgrounds (Weekend summer seasonal and special event service to St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater. Service is modified during NYS Fair.)
84 Mattydale
  • Wolf St
  • Brewerton Road & Route 11
  • Taft Roud
  • 84 Mattydale - Northern Lights
  • 184 Mattydale - Northern Lights - Allen Road
86 Henry Clay Boulevard
  • State St
  • 7th North St
  • Buckley Road
  • Taft Road
  • Henry Clay Blvd
  • 186 Henry Clay Blvd - Wetzel Road via Majestic
  • 286 Henry Clay Blvd - Wetzel Road via Taft Rd
88 North Syracuse - Cicero
  • State St
  • Route 11
  • 88 North Syracuse
  • 188 North Syracuse - Cicero
  • 288 North Syracuse - Cicero - Central Square
  • 388 Central Square
  • 388X Central Square Express via I-81
90 Wegmans Shopper 190, 290, 390, 590, 690, 790, 890
92 Tops Shopper 392, 492, 592, 792
94 J - Lot Shuttle
EXTRA Syracuse Community Extra Service Additional service along regular routes when local schools are in session. Service is open to the public and regular fares apply. Trips may deviate from regular routes to better serve neighborhoods and schools.

Cayuga County

Route Number Route Name Variations
1 West Genesee
2 Franklin
3 North St
4 State
6 Wegmans Shopper (Tuesdays)
7 Welch Allyn
8 Moravia
236 Auburn - Syracuse[7] 38, 138

Oswego County

Route Number Route Name Variations
1A Price Chopper Plaza via 104
1B Price Chopper Plaza via Hamilton Homes
1C Price Chopper Plaza via Seneca
1D Price Chopper Plaza -Brandonwood Homes Ext.
2A College via 104
2B College via Seneca
2C College via Sunrise Terrace - West Utica St
2D College via Ellen
3 Mexico Loop
4A/4B Fulton - River Glen
5A/5B Fulton - Fulton Commons
9 Price Chopper Shopper (every other Wednesday)
10 SUNY Oswego - Blue Route
11 SUNY Oswego - Green Route
246 Oswego - Syracuse[8]

Oneida County - Utica

Route Number Route Name Variations
11 Whitesboro
111 New York Mills
12 Bleecker
15 James
20 Lenox
22 South St
24 Genesee - Sangertown 124, 224
28 Herkimer Rd
29 Riverside 129, 229
30 Clinton
31 Oneida St 131
114 Mohawk[9]

Oneida County - Rome

Route Number Route Name Variations
2 Walmart
4 James St - Rome Hospital
5 Hospital - Griffiss - Mohawk Acres
6 MVCC - Griffiss - Freedom Plaza
7 Griffiss - RFA - Freedom Plaza
9 Mohawk Acres - Griffiss - Hospital[10]

Projects

Downtown Syracuse Transit Hub

The 'Common Center' was traditionally the main transfer point for Syracuse routes, dating back to the streetcar era. The location is in the heart of Downtown Syracuse, at the intersection of Salina and Fayette Streets. Buses utilized all four corners to "line up". There were many downsides to this setup, the biggest being the lack of protection from the weather. The few benches, canopies and bus shelters offered minimal protection from the elements, a less than ideal situation given the area's frigid winter temperatures. Also, passengers were often forced to cross one of the busiest intersections in Downtown twice to transfer between buses. The congestion caused by having up to 20, full-sized city buses at the corner at any given time had been blamed for the lack of development in the 300 block of South Salina St.

A site for a new Downtown Syracuse CENTRO Transit Hub was chosen in 2006, at the intersection of Adams and Salina Streets. This was the site of a Red Cross blood center. Centro purchased the site through eminent domain and tore down the standing building. Plans were approved by the Federal Transit Administration in November 2008. The design team included Centro, QPK Design, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Robson Woese Inc., and Fisher Associates. Construction began in 2011 and the facility opened on September 4, 2012. The indoor facility offers a bus bay for every route, covered outdoor waiting, and indoor waiting. The facility also provides public restroom facilities and an information center.

Utica Common Center relocation

The traditional transfer point for Utica transit services was the 'Busy Corner', the intersection of Genesee Street, Bleecker Street and Lafayette Street. Funding was made available in 2005 for a new downtown transfer facility. The transfer point was moved one block east to a new $6.2 million facility on Charlotte Street between Bleecker and Elizabeth Streets. This portion of Charlotte Street was closed to traffic and a new center boarding platform with 10 bus bays constructed. Other amenities include a headhouse with enclosed waiting area, a Centro Information booth, bus ticket vending machines and public restrooms. A canopy was also be built over the Charlotte Street platform. Demolition work at the site began in March 2012 and construction of the new facility was completed by the end of the year. Initial plans to build a two-floor city parking garage in conjunction with the transfer center have now been shelved. The facility was named the Centro Hub and was opened for service on February 4, 2013.

Active bus fleet


See also

References

  1. ^ "Contact Us". www.centro.org. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "About Centro". www.centro.org. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Website https://www.nationaltransitdatabase.org/new-york/central-new-york-regional-transportation-authority/ Website Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "CNYRTA Board Website". Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "CNYRTA Executive Leadership Website". Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "NYSABO 2018 Report" (PDF). pp. 16, 29, 44. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Schedules Auburn". www.centro.org. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Schedules Oswego". www.centro.org. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "Schedules Utica". www.centro.org. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Schedules Rome". www.centro.org. Retrieved 2018.

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