I-81 Connections – Join the I-81 Conversation!


I-81 Connections to Moving People is an occasional e-communication for community leaders to facilitate broad discussion on the multiple related issues raised by questions about what is the best possible rebuild alternative for the present I-81 viaduct in the center of Syracuse.

The Moving People Transportation Coalition encourages input into this planning and development process. Send your comments or information to MovingPeopleCNY@gmail.com. Peter Sarver, ACTS Convener

The Vision of Moving People Transportation Coalition: A sustainable regional transportation system that focuses on moving people, not cars!

In addition to our periodic community forums, Moving People has knowledgeable speakers available for your group.

Four Upcoming Events – See Information Below

Calling All Southside Residents.  Join the I-81 Conversation!

Join New York Civil Liberties Union in a talk to ensure the Southside community’s voice is heard and the racial and economic justice for residents impacted by the reconstruction of Interstate 81 does not go ignored. There is a limited time to act!  When: Tuesday, December 11th; Time: 5:00 p.m.; Location: Beauchamp Library Auditorium (2111 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13205)

For more information, contact Lanessa L. Chaplin, Esq., Project Counsel, New York Civil Liberties Union at (315) 471-2821.

Wed December 12 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Munjed’s Middle Eastern & Greek Cafe’, 503-505 Westcott St, Syracuse, New York 13210

Community For The Grid Fundraiser (C4G): Raising funds to launch an educational outreach campaign that will build support for the Community Grid. Hear from local activists, urban developers, members of the Common Council, and the Walsh Administration.

The Community for The Grid Campaign is an organized effort to educate the public about the advantages of a Community Grid and to forcefully counter the deliberately deceptive narrative promoted by Save 81 advocates and their political allies who argue that maintaining the current path of I-81 through Syracuse is essential for the economic vitality of our regional economy.

The primary thrust of the C4G Campaign is a coordinated operation among the various Community Grid advocacy groups, organizations, the Walsh Administration and the Syracuse Common Council. The aim is to collect thousands of postcards from individuals who declare their support for a Community Grid. The postcards (see pg. 2) state five reasons for supporting a Community Grid on one side. The reverse side includes the home address for each person and a line indicating that the person wishes to have this postcard sent to the constituent’s State Senator, State Assembly Person, Governor Cuomo, Congressman Katko, and the DOT. The C4G Campaign will make copies of each postcard and hand deliver them in bulk to specific elected officials and the DOT after a press conference at the close of the DEIS public comment period.

The C4G Campaign will include a series of 30-60 second videos in the style of “Now This” and “AJ+” designed to educate and drive people to the C4G website or Facebook page where they can sign on to the postcard campaign. One video will be produced, promoted and distributed for every $1,000 raised during the C4G Campaign. Informed representatives of the C4G campaign will also maintain a highly visible presence at public events and meetings to provide information and collected completed postcards.

Rally for the Grid! Saturday, December 15 at 11am

Indoor rally at City Hall Commons Atrium.

Bringing together community members and advocates, building awareness and support for the Community Grid option replacing the elevated portion of I-81.

Speakers include State Senator Elect Rachel May, Assemblyman Al Stirpe, Mayor Ben Walsh, Common Councilor Joe Driscoll, and many more!  Free Event. All supporters welcome.

Moving People to Mobilize Community for Public Transit

Wed Jan 9, Moving People will host stakeholders interesting in promoting public transit for our community.  Anyone interested should contact MovingPeopleCNY@gmail.com