Rome is in the heart of upstate New York, within a day's drive of 25 percent of the US-Canadian population. It has three exits off the east-west artery, the New York State Thruway (I-90), and has easy access to Interstate 81 which runs north-south through Syracuse.
Rome has three exits on the New York State Thruway (I-90). Other major highways serving the region are New York State Routes 5, 8, 12, 20, 26, 46, 49, 69, 365, and 825; Interstate Routes 81 and 87 provide access north and south with connections via Syracuse and Albany respectively, a short distance away.
Rome offers fast, direct and easy access to major U.S. and Canadian markets and tourist destinations by highway, rail and air. Adirondack Trailways, Birnie Bus Service, Central New York Coach Lines, and Greyhound Bus provide service to the area. The Conrail System and Amtrak, with switching facilities, provides passenger and freight service. Local intra-city public bus service is also available. Oneida County Rural Transit provides bus routes by appointment in all townships in Oneida County where service is not provided by existing municipal transportation providers.
Phase I of a $2.4 million renovation of the multi-modal transportation station in Rome is near completion, with a new passenger vestibule, enclosed heated passenger platform, an ADA-compliant elevator, and a new safety lighting system.
Passenger and freight service is available at Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, 45 minutes west from downtown Rome, and at Albany International Airport, 90 minutes to the east. Griffiss Airfield in Rome is maintained and available at Griffiss Business and Technology Park (a former Air Force Base), and features a heavy-duty airstrip that is one of the longest runways east of the Mississippi.
As the historic starting point of the Erie Canal in 1817, it should come as no surprise that Rome is part of the New York State Canal System. The recently completed docking area is the first phase of a project that will include a performance shell, bike paths, walkways, and a promenade to local shops and restaurants. It is a popular training site for regional collegiate and club rowing teams.
Rome enjoys convenient access to major highways, rail and air transportation for leisure travel or distribution of industrial or retail goods. Within 300 miles of twenty-five percent of the US population, Rome has direct access by car, rail and air to major metropolitan North American cities in the United States and Canada.
VIP Transportation is the municipal bus service (315-336-5310). Dial-a-Ride service is available by appointment for customers with special needs (315-336-0147). Taxis are also available 24 hours a day.