William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center
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The William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center is the long-distance ground travel (rail and bus) terminal serving the Syracuse, New York area. It is served by Amtrak, Greyhound Lines, Megabus, and Trailways. Local and regional bus transportation is provided by the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (CENTRO). Various taxi firms service the Center, as well. The Regional Transportation Center is located on the north side of Syracuse, adjacent to the Central New York Regional Market and near Destiny USA.
|Location||1 Walsh Circle, Syracuse, New York|
|Owned by||Intermodal Transportation Center, Inc.|
|Line(s)||Empire Corridor (Syracuse Terminal Subdivision)|
|Platforms||1 side platform|
|Connections|| CENTRO: 16, 45, 46, 48, 50, 82, 88, 116, 188, 216, 246, 248, 316, 550|
|2017||131,881 (Amtrak) 2.65%|
When the financially desperate New York Central Railroad sold off its elevated right-of-way through downtown Syracuse to the State of New York in 1962, all rail service was re-routed onto a former freight bypass to the north of the city center. The elevated line and train station had been in service for less than 30 years, having replaced tracks that ran at-grade through the center of Washington Street.
With the former train route converted into Interstate 690 (a downtown highway, in vogue among mid-century urban planners), rail passengers were forced to use a "temporary" structure near the freight yards in East Syracuse, opened on August 29, 1962. The East Syracuse station remained in use well into the Amtrak era, long after the end of its useful life. Bus service remained at the former train station until a 1996 fire. Both options proved decidedly unpopular, with the train station in particular becoming synonymous with Amtrak's many woes.
Opened in 1998, the Regional Transportation Center replaced both venues, re-integrating bus and rail service for the first time since the early 1960s. There were provisions built for OnTrack, Syracuse's commuter train line built on the former Lackawanna right-of-way through Armory Square, to call at the station. However, a bridge that was intended to connect the two lines was never built after CSX claimed construction could destabilize its freight rail bridge, and the OnTrack program was axed due to low ridership. The station is named for William F. Walsh, a former mayor of Syracuse and representative in the U.S. Congress.
The station is built at ground level, with bus loading/unloading areas in front of the main entrance, and stairs and an elevator leading up to the tracks, which are on an embankment. A central concourse with shops and a waiting room links the two areas. Trains call at a single high-level island platform serving one (nominally eastbound) track; provisions were made for cross-platform transfers with OnTrack on the other side, but the program was canceled before service ever reached the station.
|Track 3||← Freight service →|
|Track 1||← Freight service →|
|Track 2||← Lake Shore Limited toward Chicago (Rochester) |
Lake Shore Limited toward New York or Boston (Utica) →
← Maple Leaf toward Toronto (Rochester)
← Empire Service toward Niagara Falls (Rochester)
Empire Service, Maple Leaf toward New York (Rome) →
|Side platform, doors will open on the left or right|
|G||Street level||Exit/entrance and station building|
CENTRO bus serviceEdit
|Route No.||Route Name||Variations||Notes|
|16||North Salina - 7th North||116, 216, 316||7 days, 5:23 am – 10:35 pm+|
|40||Syracuse University Hill - Hospitals||240, 340||7 days, 7:38 am – 6:50 pm+; less on weekends|
|46||Liverpool - Rte 57||weekdays only, 8:14 am – 9:56 pm; limited return|
|48||Liverpool - Morgan Rd||Sat/Sun only, 9:55 am – 5:55 pm; no return|
|50||Destiny USA - Downtown Transit Hub||150, 550||7 days, 5:23 am – 10:30 pm+; starts & ends later on weekends|
|236||Auburn - Syracuse via Skaneateles||138||Sat/Sun only, 9:55 am – 5:55 pm|
|246||Oswego - Syracuse via Fulton - Phoenix||7 days, 10:43 am – 5:50 pm; additional return service|
The most frequently serviced corridor is between the Regional Transportation Center and the Downtown Syracuse CENTRO Transit Hub (at Salina and Adams Streets), via Route Nos. 16, 46, 50, 116, 216, 316, and 550. Transfers to buses serving other routes may be made at Destiny USA or the Downtown Transit Hub. Standard local fares are $2.00 per person; with children aged 6-9, seniors 65+ and persons with disabilities at $1.00 per person. Children under 6 are free. Fares for the longer distance regional bus routes are on a zone basis, up to $4.00 each way per person for the Auburn (Aub36) line, and $5.00 for the Oswego (Osw46) line.
Intercity bus lines and routesEdit
- Syracuse to Cortland, Binghamton, Scranton, and New York-Port Authority
- Syracuse to Rochester, Batavia, Buffalo, Erie, and Cleveland
- Syracuse to Utica, Schenectady, Albany, Springfield, Worcester, Boston
- Syracuse to Rochester, Buffalo, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls (ON), St. Catharines, Grimsby, Oakville, and Toronto
- Syracuse to Brockville, Ottawa
- Syracuse to New York-33rd Street
- Syracuse to Rochester.
Trailways of New YorkEdit
- "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of New York" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
- Billmyer, Eleanor (August 30, 1962). "NY Central Station Greets Last Passengers". The Post-Standard. Syracuse, New York. p. 6. Retrieved August 18, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kenyon, Jim (2013-11-07). "OnTrack: a derailed promise for Syracuse". CNYCentral. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
- CENTRO route schedules, effective June 29, 2015. Accessed: October 3, 2015.
- CENTRO. (2015, June 29). "Route 50, Destiny USA/ Regional Transportation Center" schedule. Accessed: October 3, 2015.
- CENTRO. (2015, June 29). "Route 236, Auburn-Syracuse via Skaneateles" schedule. Accessed: October 3, 2015.
- CENTRO. (2015, June 29). "Route 246, Oswego-Syracuse via Fulton-Phoenix" schedule. Accessed: October 3, 2015.
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