GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — On Thursday, Centro announced that an additional 12 buses will be added into service at the Great New York State Fair. The last weekend is traditionally the busiest for the fair.
The buses will be provided by the Rochester Genesee Regional Transporation Authority and Centro will provide drivers from Utica and the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit.
“The Fair, Centro and State Police have worked closely this past week to see how our new traffic patterns are working. I have also spent a great deal of time at Gate 10 and riding our trams to talk to fairgoers to hear their ideas and concerns. We take all of it seriously and are making changes now and will make more in time for the 2020 Fair. We never stop trying to improve,” said Troy Waffner, Fair Director.
The changes come as the Fair prepares for the busiest days of its 13-day annual event. Attendance on the weekends often tops 100,000 per day, making maximum use of the approximately 15,300 spaces available in the Fair’s six public parking lots and the approximately 7,400 spaces available in Centro’s fairtime Park-N-Ride lots.
The Fair and State Police have already made changes to bus access patterns along State Fair Blvd. and in the Gray Lot to improve efficiency. In addition, Centro shifted the start time of its shuttle at the Willis Ave. lot to better match the lot’s operating hours. More and larger signage was also installed along State Fair Blvd. to assist drivers in finding the new accessible parking area in the Pink Lot. The Fair is planning to create several hundred more accessible spaces in the Gray Lot after this year’s Fair as it reconfigures the new bus depot to optimize space. The Fair also plans to lease a second plot of open land along State Fair Blvd. from Honeywell Corp. for next year’s Fair, adding more than 1,000 spaces adjacent to the current Willis Ave. lot.
Available parking and Park-N-Ride lots and shuttle times
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