Excelsior PR logoFour 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.



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