CENTRO Announces Downtown SYRculator Bus ‘Loop’

Syracuse, NY – On March 15, 2021 Centro will begin operating a new bus route (Sy 8 – SYRculator) throughout downtown Syracuse. The new route will operate Monday through Saturday from 11am – 7pm, and will be free to all users through Labor Day.

Centro’s new SYRculator bus route will operate in a loop covering an area as far north as Herald Place, south to Harrison St, east to State St, and west to Franklin St. The route will also provide riders with convenient access to not only hotels, restaurants and businesses, but to points of interest such as Salt City Market, the Landmark Theatre, Redhouse Arts Center, the War Memorial Arena, The Oncenter, and the Everson Museum of Art.

“We believe this bus route will provide an important transportation element for the growing downtown Syracuse community,” said Centro Chief Executive Officer, Brian Schultz. “We continue to look at services that will increase mobility options for the communities we serve. This is just the latest example of our efforts,” Schultz added.

County Executive Ryan McMahon and Mayor Ben Walsh (file photo)

Centro will also begin operating a free shuttle on March 15 between the Syracuse Transit Hub and the Expo Center at the New York State Fairgrounds for individuals scheduled to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

On March 1, 2021 Centro began operating service to the Taft Road Business Park, Molloy Road, and nearby Northern Boulevard businesses to help the thousands of employees in the manufacturing sector in that area get to and from their jobs.

“More mobility options are great news for the City of Syracuse. The Sy 8 – SYRculator will make it easier to get around downtown which will be good for everyone who spends time there,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. “It will also improve access to the Centro Hub for rides to jobs and other destinations throughout Syracuse and Onondaga County. I thank Centro for introducing this service and look forward to more community partnerships to improve mobility and public transportation in the City,” Walsh added.

Onondaga County Executive, Ryan McMahon said, “The addition of the SYRculator bus is welcomed news for our community. As our economy continues to reopen and recover, the addition of this route will make it easier for folks to patronize our local restaurant and shops in a free, convenient and safe way.” McMahon continued, “Thank you to the team at Centro for making this happen and their commitment to serving Central New York.”

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This new route has a bus stop near the Marriot Syracuse Downtown hotel, which is adjacent to the Centro Transit Hub and The Oncenter, making the service convenient for out of town visitors and conventioneers.

“The SYRculator provides a convenient option for employees, residents, and visitors to move around in downtown Syracuse and access all that it has to offer,” said Merike Treier, Executive Director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “I’d like to thank the team at Centro for not only raising awareness about the ease of our public transportation system, but also for providing additional mobility options to explore downtown’s amenities,” added Treier.

Centro will be installing 15 SYRculator bus stop signs along the route to help customers identify where they can catch the SYRculator bus.

Customers with questions can contact Centro’s Call Center at (315) 442-3400, send an email to cnyrta@centro.org, or reach out to @GoCentroBus on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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.