GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — We are one week away from thousands passing through the turnstiles for opening day of the New York State Fair. But this year, some will have to pass through a different gate. There is a new drop-off spot for Central Park-N-Ride fairgoers and it’s on the other side of the fairgrounds.
Most people will still be walking through Gate One and if you drive, there are several lots you can choose from. The change here is only for those who take the Centro Park-N-Ride buses and the reason behind it is to improve safety and the overall fair experience.
“Over the last few years, it’s become a safety issue. It looks like two colliding football teams with people getting off the buses, people trying to get on the buses, they can’t see the signage, it’s not big enough to hold everybody,” said Fair Director Troy Waffner.
So they’re moving the drop-off spot to a lot across the fairgrounds, that’s nearly five acres larger.
You can still enter the fair through Gate one even if you park at the Orange Lot. A shuttle will take you here. But if you take a Centro bus from a Centro Park-N-Ride stop, it will take you to Gate 10. It’s the Grey Lot right outside the Expo Center. There is an express tram that will take you directly to Gate 12. So if you want to start your fair experience at Chevy Court, you can still do so.
Waffner said, “We have a total of 18 trams, we deploy 16 every day at the fair, five of those will be designated to the express.”
Fair organizers will monitor the tram traffic and add more to the mix if needed.
“It’s also going to expose a lot of the fairgoers to a part of the fair they’ve never seen that we’ve spent a lot of time and energy and money redeveloping,” said Waffner.
It’s also going to make the fair safer. The former bus lot outside Gate One will now be a premium parking lot and the Pink Lot, closest to Gate One and Three, will be set aside for people with disabilities.
Keeping the circle out front open, making Gate One a little less congested.
“We get 250 or 300 troopers if they don’t have to deploy a dozen of ‘em here because of the Park-N-Ride concerns of safety. It’s a dozen troopers they can redeploy around the grounds for other safety concerns,” Waffner said.
The fair director says they also plan to beautify the gate since it is now essentially the second main entrance, so next year, it will be transformed into a more substantial gate.
There are three pickup spots for the Park-N-Ride buses. You can hop on at either Shoppingtown, Farrell Road or Destiny USA.
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