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New group entering discussion of Interstate 81

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: New group entering discussion of Interstate 81
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- As the debate over Interstate 81 continues in Syracuse, a new group is entering the discussion.

The Moving People Transportation Coalition held its first rally Thursday to discuss the future of the elevated highway. While other groups have weighed in on the debate to tear it down or create a boulevard, that's not this groups focus. The coalition says it is looking for a plan that is feasible and benefits the whole community.

Members want to make sure the discussion includes everyone.

"We need to engage the community. We also expect our political leadership and our institutional leadership, such as the university and the medical center, expressing themselves publicly and engaging in the dialogue," said Peter Sarver of Moving People Transportation Coalition.

The group also wants people to consider transportation that does not involve vehicles.

Interstate 81 bridges will expire in 2017.

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