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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 and systems.

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 (I-81).

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" herein.

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 the County.

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 service.


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