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For the next week, Central Current reporters will be riding buses and interviewing riders to gather perspectives on public transportation in Central New York.
The project was in part spurred by the renewed focus on public transportation after Micron announced a $100 billion investment in Central New York.
Advocates and officials have said public transportation will have to improve to make Micron a boon for the whole region.
Right now, public transportation service in the region lacks convenience and frequency, advocates have said.
Centro, the regional transportation authority, has said it will reimagine its services. The organization wants to make bus rapid transit happen by 2026 and has started an outreach campaign with the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council.
Check this page throughout the week and beyond to read what Central Current reporters find out public transportation in Central New York.
More from our series on public transportation
How advocates say public transportation in Central New York can improve
Public transportation has gotten added attention since Micron announced it planned to invest $100 million in Onondaga County.
Riding the bus: Longtime Syracuse resident likes cost but experiences delays
Joy said she likes the service Centro provides but would improve timeliness and ride pass options.
Riding the bus: Syracuse teaching assistant experiences gaps in service
Centro rider Wendy Cilbrith said buses do not run frequent enough on her route to work.
Riding the bus: Misaligned routes lead to long wait times, Centro rider says
China Boone often has to wait an hour at the Centro hub to catch a bus home from work.
Riding the bus: Syracuse transplant finds bus app unreliable, routes exclude parks
Centro rider Caitlyn Wesolowski said she wishes there were more routes to Onondaga County parks.
Riding the bus: Centro bus driver Albert Anderson shares his story
Centro bus drivers like Albert Anderson are trying to make sure riders get where they need to go.
Riding the bus: Accessibility features get mixed results, Centro rider says
Anne Childress, a grants coordinator at OCC, said delays and misaligned routes also create issues for her.
Riding the bus: What we found after 1 week on Centro buses, talking to riders
Riders had one glaring issue with Centro’s service: infrequent bus schedules create slack time in their day.
Riding the bus: I tried navigating Syracuse without a car. Here’s how it went.
Central Current reporter Yolanda Stewart writes a first-person account of her experience using Centro buses.
Previous transportation coverage
Smart growth: How planning and transportation could help maximize Micron’s impact on Syracuse
Syracuse can learn the importance of planning from Malta, a city down Interstate 90, that received a chip plant in 2009.
Centro, SMTC seek your suggestions on public transit in Syracuse
Centro and SMTC want to better understand how they can serve Central New York with your help.
Centro eyes expansion of Syracuse’s Veo bike share program
The expansion would allow Veo bikes to travel outside Syracuse and into Onondaga County.
Centro makes plans for bus rapid transit system in Syracuse by 2026
Centro will present its plans for BRT to the Common Council on Tuesday.
Next challenge for Centro’s bus rapid transit plan for Syracuse: staffing
BRT is expected to be implemented by 2026.