The Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) has issued its final recommendation on a transit plan that could change the way central New Yorkers get around.

The final report focuses on the idea of Bus Rapid Transit. It involves creating corridors in high traffic areas that are earmarked for buses that would travel more quickly, with fewer stops. Council Director Jim D’Agostino says the SMTC is proposing corridors that essentially make an X across the city, from University Hill to Destiny USA, and Onondaga Community College to James Street. 

The bidding process begins Wednesday to determine who gets the job of renovating the terminal at Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport.

The $45 million project, announced in January, is moving ahead at a quick pace.

Work started on the first phase of the project a month ago, with demolition of the curbside, concrete canopy at the entrance to the airport. Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined officials for an official groundbreaking Tuesday, and promised the rest of the work on the terminal will be done in a timely manner.

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - A growing array of technology in new cars can pose a dangerous risk for distracted drivers. Triple A conducted a recent study where drivers used a touch screen, voice command, and other interactive technology to make a call, send a text message, program GPS navigation, or tune a radio while driving.

Lindsay Kensy, spokesperson for the auto club in Western and Central New York, said it took the study participants more than 40 seconds to perform some of the tasks.

TSA rolls out new security procedures in upstate NY

Oct 11, 2017

There will be a couple of differences for travelers flying out of upstate airports, including Syracuse’s Hancock International, and smaller regional airports. Travelers will have to place all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone in a bin for X-ray screening. And a TSA officer will be assigned individual passengers going through the line to guide them through the process. That could make it a little longer to get through security with this new process.

Ride Hailing's In Ithaca Now. So, We Rode With An Uber Driver

Oct 2, 2017
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ITHACA (WSKG) - Ride sharing became available in Upstate New York in late June. However, since the school year started, demand is surging in Ithaca, home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. We wanted to know what it’s like to be an Uber or Lyft driver in Ithaca right now. Ultimately, is it a good job?

Yellow Flashing Arrows Help Move Traffic Along

Oct 2, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - You may have noticed a flashing yellow arrow at a number of intersections around upstate. Lori Maher spokesperson for the State Department of Transportation says we've had a few for about 5 years, but they are increasing their presence. She says they hope to improve traffic efficiency by giving drivers an extra few seconds to make those tricky turns.  

"You will not have the right of way but instead of sitting there and waiting for a green light or being told you may go, you now have that option and it is up to you." 

Canal enthusiasts from all over the world converged on Syracuse this week for the 2017 World Canals Conference. One of the reasons organizers chose central New York is it's intimate history with the Erie Canal, which is celebrating the bicentennial the start of its construction this year.  It’s a canal that forever changed New York State and the rest of the country.

The first hint of a canal goes back to the 1700s, when a fledgling nation looked to unite the country's east coast with its vast interior. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New Yorkers who use the state Thruway will have a bit of a wait before more cashless tolling is installed on the nearly 500-mile tolled portion of the road.

The Cuomo administration’s Thruway Authority has adopted cashless tolls at the new Tappan Zee Bridge and will take down the toll booths on the Grand Island Bridge in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area early next year.

There already is an option for cashless tolling at the Woodbury exit of the Thruway in the lower Hudson Valley, although toll booths still exist as an alternative.

Harvey = Higher Gasoline Prices

Sep 7, 2017
Alex Crichton, WXXI

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Gas prices have risen 27 cents a gallon in just the past week, and there's no real relief in sight, especially with another hurricane waiting in the wings. 

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The sharp uptick in gasoline prices across the country, caused by disruptions from Hurricane Harvey, is on par with what happened more than a decade ago during Hurricane Katrina, according to a new analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to open on Thursday the first span of the new Thruway bridge over the Hudson River, known as the Tappan Zee Bridge and to be renamed the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge.

But questions still linger over how, ultimately, the bridge will be paid for.

Cuomo has been reluctant to divulge details on how the tolls on the bridge will be affected after the multi-billion-dollar project to replace the over three-mile-long span is completed.

Four children in central New York were hit by cars last week and three of them died from their injuries. It can be a dangerous time of year for kids out of school.

Sgt. Jon Seeber with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said they have seen this increase in kids being hit by cars during the summer before and many times it comes down to child pedestrian errors.

“They tend to play, talk and not pay attention to cars when crossing the street,” Seeber said. "I think it is really important for parents and adults that we supervise them as best we can."

The future of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse hinges on an independent investigation of the options, currently being overseen by the New York State Department of Transportation. In the meantime, champions of different options for the aging highway continue to butt heads.

There have been some bumps in the road since ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft started operating in upstate New York more than a month ago. One concern has been traffic congestion in a small, popular area of downtown Syracuse.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Representatives from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and their 1862 Canal Schooner replica, the Lois McClure, presented white pine and white oak trees to the Village of Fairport Tuesday morning. 

AAA Pedals Assistance For Stranded Cyclists

Jul 31, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - AAA of Western and Central New York will now be servicing two-wheeled transportation. They’re adding bicycle towing benefits to all AAA membership policies at no additional cost. Spokesperson Elizabeth Carey said they decided to add the service after seeing the increase in Rochester cyclists as the city becomes more bike friendly. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The $45 million redesign of Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport will begin in late August. Ever since Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the renovations during a State of the State speech in January, airport officials have been fine tuning plans to update the airport’s terminal, with construction expected to start in late-August. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - New York state residents receive a five percent discount on Thruway tolls if they have an E-Z Pass. Last year, the New York State Thruway Authority decided to eliminate that discount for out-of-state drivers. Some state lawmakers want to see that new revenue go to local governments. 

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It’s been just over two weeks since ride-hailing services have been permitted outside New York City, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s pleased so far. 

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Monroe County officials are announcing the next phase in the massive renovation project planned for the Greater Rochester International Airport.  County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says the first significant bid package on the main terminal building is being released this week. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - As the summer travel season revs up, the Transportation Security Administration asks travelers to do their part to keep things running smoothly. And that includes the travelers that board planes at Hancock International Airport. 

Ride Hailing Finally Starts In Upstate New York

Jun 30, 2017
Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - The ride hailing era in upstate has begun. Central New Yorkers began using Uber or Lyft to snag a ride Thursday. Uber, the bigger of the two ride hailing operations, came to Syracuse to offer an example of how the app based ride hailing system works. Uber spokesman Sean Connor hailed a car in Armory Square. 

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BUFFALO (WBFO) - New York's representatives on Capitol Hill are urging the federal government to keep pilot training rules in place that were implemented one year after Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence, killing all aboard and one person on the ground.  

TSA Prepares For Busy Summer Travel Season

Jun 25, 2017
Alex Crichton, WXXI

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Officials from the Transportation Security Administration say they are prepared for the busy summer travel season. And they're offering some tips for flyers. Members of the TSA provided a demonstration on what's allowed, and what's not, if you're traveling by air this summer. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport is preparing for the era of ride-hailing services that’s about to descend on upstate New York. 

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft will be allowed to operate in upstate New York starting June 29th. But some in Syracuse want the city to opt out.  

Inland Port Proposal Stalls

Jun 9, 2017

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Plans for creating an inland cargo port in the central New York remain in limbo. The proposal for an inland port was part of an Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant , that the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council won in 2015. 

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SYRACUSE (WRVO) - NASA participated in a drone demonstration Wednesday at the Griffiss International Airport, which those involved in the test say was a milestone for their work and the future of the drone industry. 


ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Triple A says New York’s car seat laws were once at the forefront of child passenger safety, but they no longer reflect current best practices. According to a 2007 study from the University of Virginia, one-year-old children are five times more likely to suffer an injury in a crash if they are in a forward-facing seat compared to a rear-facing seat. 

Huge Beer Tanks Float Up Erie Canal

May 31, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Three massive tanks in the shape of 60-foot-tall beer cans lie on their side on a barge, as a red tugboat pushes them down the last leg of their journey along the Erie Canal.