Improve Shuttle Service to and from Lakeview Amphitheatre

Improve Shuttle Service to and from Lakeview Amphitheatre

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Syracuse Salt City Stages started this petition to Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon

This weekend's shuttle service to the Nas and Mary J Concert was abysmal. When Nas, who has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums, sold over 30 million records worldwide, and has a multimillion dollar tech-sector investment portfolio comes to your city, you do better.

When Mary J. Bridge, who sold over 80 million records, has won nine Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and has also received three Golden Globe Award nominations, comes to your city to perform for thousands of fans, you have to do better.

To encourage riders to take public transportation but not provide direct shuttle service means that riders have to (1) get off the bus (2) walk to the gate (3) take a tram through the fair that breaks record #s each year (4) walk over the pedestrian bridge to the orange lot to (5) take another shuttle that allegedly comes 15-20 minutes apart and is a multi-stop ride (so if you miss it or it’s full you are delayed 30 minutes or more for a paid concert) or (6) forego the shuttle and walk from the NYS Fair entrance to the Amphitheatre entrance. It is all just unnecessary acrobatics — and that was just to arrive at the Amphitheatre. The return journey from one lot (orange lot) back to the NYS Fair Gate 10 transportation lot took well over 90-100 minutes as well.

It is unacceptable to your Hip-Hop (or any concert going) fans. I’d hate to believe we are receiving sub-par service because of our preferred genre in music. We have never experienced this level of disservice for other concerts at the Amphitheatre. Regardless of genre or stereotypes about listeners of Hip Hop, there were nothing but ticket holders who were happy to see two amazing artists from  their state and who paid a minimum of $50 per ticket. We were tax payers in attendance at a public venue.

Onondaga County, we paid for the Amphitheatre. We believe this can be done better. 

A Few Recommendations:

  • Have Centro Shuttles continue onto the Orange Lot after dropping off NYS Fair goers at Gate 10
  • Create a stop at the Gate 10 lot for the Amphitheatre just like there is one for Willis Ave or Downtown
  • Contract with local private busses to dedicate a shuttle to the Amphitheatre from Downtown and the Mall
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