Posted on July 29, 2021

Centro will offer Park-N-Ride service from Downtown Syracuse, Destiny USA and Long Branch Park for the upcoming 2021 New York State Fair and will once again deliver fairgoers to the Fair’s Main Gate. 

“We are pleased to be able to bring this community service into our sixth decade since starting our network in the 1970’s and we are also very pleased to once again deliver fairgoers straight to the Main Gate of the State Fair,” said Centro Chief Executive Officer Brian Schultz. “Unfortunately, we are unable to operate our full network of Park-N-Rides this year because of a shortage of bus operators, a problem that is currently plaguing our industry. This decision was made after careful consideration of our projected staffing during the Fair and our ongoing commitment to our daily transit services that are critical for the communities we serve. Limiting our services to these three locations will allow us to maintain our current daily service, maximize the use of our workforce, and deliver a dependable service for fairgoers.”

Buses will run each day of the 18-day Fair from the Centro Transit Hub Downtown, and parking lots at Destiny USA and Long Branch Park to the main gate. Centro will operate the service in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, which currently mandate individuals on transit buses wear a mask.  

Centro will also operate free shuttles from the Orange Parking Lot and Willis Ave Parking Lot – which has nearly doubled in size since the 2019 State Fair – during each day of the Fair. Masks will also be required to ride the free shuttle service.

The cost of the Park-N-Ride shuttles will remain unchanged; $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for persons with a disability, seniors, and children 6-9 years of age. Parking at Long Branch Park and Destiny USA is free. For details regarding locations, fares, and schedules visit Centro's website at: https://www.centro.org/service_schedules/ny-state-fair

The Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (Centro) is the public transportation provider for Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Oswego Counties. Centro’s mission is to provide safe, convenient, reliable, and environmentally responsible services to its clients with a goal of maximizing the taxpayers’ return on investment.

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