Exploring new ways of getting around Syracuse

Year long study on transportation alternatives to be released tomorrow





Cars may be the most popular way to get around Syracuse, but momentum is building for alternatives.

Thursday afternoon at 3:30 at the Syracuse Center of Excellence a team, of researchers will unveil the findings of their year long study of new transportation modes for the City.

The focus of the study was Downtown Syracuse but lead researcher of F.A.S.T. Syracuse says many other areas could benefit from the findings.

Tarek Rakha tells NewsChannel 9, "We try to unveil how alternative transportation can change people's lives to become healthier, more energy efficient, more resource efficient and definitely more sustainable in the future."

Rakha says there are already assets in place like Centro's downtown bus hub that can be utilized for other forms of transportation, like possibly a bike sharing program.

"With proper maintenance and proper marketing and attire adjustments you will be able to bike in the winter, and the evidence we have comes from American cities and comes from European cities,"  he says.

Part of the study includes an implementation plan looking at funding sources from public and private entities for transportation alternatives.

Rakha says, "What we aspire for is that in 5 years we all have a Syracuse that is much more sustainable and much less auto dependent."

The public is invited to the presentation Thursday afternoon.

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