Approximately 60 million people live
within a 350-mile radius of Onondaga County. This radius includes
the populations of Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore,
Pittsburgh, Toronto and Montreal. The County's central location
is enhanced by its excellent transportation infrastructure
Air passenger service is provided by six major airlines
and seven commuter airlines at the Syracuse Hancock International
Airport, offering approximately 225 daily arrivals and departures.
The County is also served by six major air cargo carriers.
In May 2001 Jet Blue commenced service from Syracuse to New
York's Kennedy Airport three times daily.
A $35 million airport expansion project was completed in 1994.
Hancock International Airport is located within a fifteen
minute drive of downtown Syracuse and within two miles of
the crossroads of the region's major East-West interstate
highway (I-90/NYS Thruway) and North-South interstate highway
Onondaga County is served by the railroad facilities of CSX
(formerly Conrail) and Amtrak, which maintain terminals within
the County. CSX's computerized rail yard has the capacity
to handle 2,200 cars per day, while Amtrak Rail serves Central
New York travelers with eight daily departures from the newly
constructed inter-modal transportation center. See "Bus"
Water transportation is provided by the State Barge Canal
System now under the management and control of the New York
State Thruway Authority. The Canal system which was recently
designated as a National Heritage Corridor by the U.S. Congress
carries boaters from Syracuse to the St. Lawrence Seaway and
the Hudson River, and from there to literally anywhere in
the world. A major Barge Canal Terminal, located just one
mile from downtown Syracuse, is being redeveloped for recreational
boating uses by the New York State Thruway Authority, the
City and private developers. The region is also served by
the Port of Oswego, a deep water port on Lake Ontario.
Onondaga County has been appropriately named the "Crossroads
of New York State" due to the fact that the State's two
major interstate routes - the east-west New York State Thruway
(I-90) and the north-south Interstate 81 intersect just north
of the City of Syracuse. The New York State Thruway is accessed
by six interchanges within the County. Interstate 690 forms
an east-west axis through the County and Interstate 481 links
the City of Fulton and surrounding towns. Also, there are
more than 2,600 miles of highways, roads, and streets throughout
More than 150 motor carriers and a small package carrier service
the Onondaga County area.
Bus service is provided by three independent carriers, as
well as by CENTRO, which is operated by the Central New
York Regional Transportation Authority, and provides a high
level of public transportation service to the County. Inter-city
service is provided by several bus lines including Greyhound
and Trailways. CENTRO operates a newly constructed inter-modal
transportation center adjacent to the regional market, Alliance
Bank Stadium and in close proximity to the Carousel Center.
The center provides mass transit lineage for rail and bus