SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – Centro began providing bus service to the airport last month. The new service costs only $1 and makes 13 trips each weekday. The SY-85 goes straight from the Centro Transit Hub in downtown Syracuse to Syracuse Regional Hancock International Airport. NCC News asked Centro’s Vice President of Communications and Strategic Planning what the current ridership data is like one month in.
“Speaking to bus operators, it’s about a handful of people. It’s about 5 to 10 people a day who use that service to and from the hub and from the airport,” said Koegel.
One Syracuse resident we spoke to said that she would not take the bus to the airport because she takes early flights but feels she “would be open to taking the bus from the airport back downtown.”
Koegel also stated that the bus service is not designed for travelers.
“We know that the majority of the individuals are employees at the airport. That’s really what that service is designed to serve,” Koegel explained.
One airport employee we spoke to said she has saved hundreds of dollars so far by taking the bus to work.
The SY-84 bus route previously did not go to the airport and was the previous Mattydale route. The route does not provide service on Sunday and has only limited service on Saturday. However, Centro said this new expanded route is still in a trial period for at least the next 6 months.