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New Haven mayor unveils transportation plan for non-drivers

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There’s a new push in New Haven to give people without vehicles a means to travel around the city.

Mayor Toni Harp and city transportation officials introduced a four point “Go New Haven, Go” plan on Monday morning.

She said the plan is meant to encourage residents to consider alternative transportation options, provide greater accessibility to those options and reward users who pursue them.

City leaders said one in four people in New Haven don't have a car, so the improvement on public transportation and more ways to get around will be helpful.

Officials said they are now looking at studying bus routes so more people will jump on that instead of getting behind the wheel.

"The state of Connecticut is very excited about CT FastTrack and into the mobility for the state so the question is how we are going to link it up with all of our modes in New Haven," said Doug Hausladen, director of Transportation.

The study will take 14 months but in the meantime they are encouraging people to get where they need to go without a car.

"To me it's better than going in the car because you get to experience the outdoors more and it's somewhat free," said Jorden Counsel who said he rides his bike everywhere.

The study is expected to finish by the end of next summer so officials can find a way to connect New Haven to other areas in the state.

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