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August 20, 2015

State Fair Announces Traffic Management Plan for First Concert in Lakeview Amphitheater

Plan Augments Existing Parking Lot Shuttles, Urges Fairgoers to Come Early

The Great New York State Fair today announced a management plan to assist people attending the Fair and the first concert at Onondaga County’s new Lakeview Amphitheater.  The plan will nearly double the number of shuttle buses in use that day, as concert-goers use special new bus stops to get to the concert and back again.

The Amphitheater will host Miranda Lambert for a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3.  At the same time, the State Fair is in the eighth day of its 12-day run, on a day when admission to the Fair is just $3 due to a special promotion. 
 Birnie Bus Company will provide buses under a contract with the Fair.  A private company is necessary because all Centro buses are in use during the Fair. Birnie buses will be the only buses to take people directly to the Amphitheater bus loop.  The Shuttle will begin at Gate 2 on the Fairgrounds, stop at three separate specially marked Amphitheater Shuttle Stops located in the Orange Lot, and then travel to the Amphitheater Bus Loop.

State Fair Acting Director Troy Waffner urged people coming to the Amphitheater concert from the east via I-690 to get off at Exit 6 and park in the Orange lot, and those coming from the west to get off at Exit 7 and park in the Brown lot.  From there, they can access the special Amphitheater bus stops in the Orange lot, or, for those parking in the Brown lot, come to the special bus stop at Gate 2. State Department of Transportation electronic message boards will provide exit and parking advice along the route.

The Fair’s daily parking lot shuttles will operate as normal.  Centro shuttle buses have operated in the Fair parking lots for several years, and shuttle as many as 300,000 riders to and from the main admission gate.  Centro shuttles will not stop at the Amphitheater bus loop.

Additional State Police and State Fair security personnel will be on duty at the Main Gate and at Gate 2 to provide enhanced traffic control.  The Fair will also station more customer relations assistants at those gates to help guide people to buses and answer questions.

Shuttle buses will run until all patrons have been served.

“We believe this plan will help us get people where they need to go in the quickest and safest manner possible,” said Waffner.  “However, I want to strongly urge people who plan to come to the Fair that day to come early if they can, and use Centro’s wonderful Park-and-Ride system if possible, and know that we are doing all we can to help.”

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