Syracuse Metropolitan Area Regional Transit study (SMART)
In January 2014, the New York State Department of Transportation, in coordination with the SMTC and the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority (Centro), completed the Syracuse Transit System Analysis (STSA) as part of The I-81 Corridor Study effort. The STSA reviewed the entire Centro system and outlined strategies for enhancing transit in the region. One of the recommendations from the STSA was to pursue higher-intensity transit services (i.e., Bus Rapid Transit or Light Rail Transit) along the Destiny USA/Regional Transportation Center to Syracuse University and James Street/South Avenue corridors. Phase 1 of the SMART (Syracuse Metropolitan Area Regional Transit) study is advancing this recommendation. The current study will evaluate modes, alignments, station locations, ridership, service plans, capital/maintenance/operational costs, economic development, land use, zoning, engineering feasibility and environmental factors associated with these two corridors and identify a single corridor preferred alternative.
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