BUS & PARATRANSIT

Why take the bus?

The bus can be a convenient, “green,” and low-cost way to get around while you chat, read, or just relax. Central New York Regional Transportation Authority also known as (CENTRO) has bus stops at the local hospitals, post offices, colleges; shopping centers, Utica Business Park, and much more.

Birnie Bus Service, Inc. a leader in safe, reliable, and courteous transportation services in New York State, offers Public Commuter Services to and from Little Falls, Utica, Rome, Oneida, Syracuse, and The Turning Stone Casino as well as many other destinations throughout Central New York.

Finding the right bus

For information on Centro Utica’s routes, see their website for a list of popular destinations, or call Centro at 315-797-7803.

If you have a disability that makes it difficult or impossible to use the bus, you can use Call-A-Bus. Call-A-Bus has specialized transportation vehicles for individuals with disabilities, you need to be pre-registered to use the service. You can request one day in advance and no more than 14 days before the day you wish to travel you can call 315-797-1703 to request your ride. The Q’Straint – Mobility Device Securement System are installed on the main frame of a mobility device for a more secure bus ride. The first pair is free, and you can request at 315-797-7803.

For more information on Birnie Bus Services, Inc. Routes and Schedules click here http://www.birniebus.com/routes.php?expandable=4

Special need services from Birnie Bus Service, Inc. are available in individual or contract services, personal transportation for loved ones with special needs for family visits and outing, as well as group charters available. http://www.birniebus.com/services-specialneeds.php

Bus fares, passes and discounts

Centro Utica offers discounts off the regular fare. Namely, it offers half price discounts to youth ages 6-9, people aged 65 or over, people with disabilities, and Medicare Card holders. Centro Utica also offers semester passes for college students and 10-ride pass, weekly or 30-day unlimited ride passes for adults.

Kids under age 6 ride for free.

Centro is now offering Day Passes for the bus! For more information on this new initiative you can watch this great video.

Paying for the bus

To ride the bus, you can pay with cash, (drivers do not make change), or use a bus pass card, which you can buy pre-loaded with the number of rides, number of days, or kind of pass you want. Pass cards can be purchased online at the Centro website, at Central New York Regional Transportation Authority, at the Centro Transit Hub, and many other locations, you can see pass card purchase locations here.  For more information and questions, call Centro Store at 315-442-3333 or e-mail them at Orders@centro.org.

Boarding the bus

Riders should wait for other passengers to exit before boarding.

Riding with Kids

Children under six years old can ride for free and must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Youth aged 6-9 years have discounted fare; see information at the top of this page.

Strollers, Walkers & Carts

All of the above are allowed on the bus, as long as they do not block the aisle, and are stowed so they will not fly forward during a sudden stop. A good rule of thumb is to bring only what you can carry on and off the bus in one trip.

Paratransit

Paratransit is recognized in North America as special transportation services for people with disabilities or aging, often provided as a supplement to fixed-route bus and rail systems by public transit agencies.

The most flexible paratransit systems offer on-demand call-up door-to-door service from any origin to any destination in a service area. In addition to public transit agencies, Paratransit services are operated by community groups or not-for-profit organizations.