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Blueprint: The Rt. 81 Corridor Airs Oct. 4 to 6

WCNY is one of ten PBS partner stations participating in BLUEPRINT AMERICA's "Livable Future: Local Solutions" project, reporting on local, state and federal efforts to use transportation and transportation policy to create more equitable, convenient, greener, cleaner and healthier communities.

For nearly two years, BLUEPRINT AMERICA, a production of WNET.ORG, has focused on the critical issues surrounding the future of the nation's infrastructure.

"We are excited to participate in the Blueprint America project," said Robert J. Daino, President and Chief Executive Officer of WCNY-TV/FM. "WCNY's "Central Issues" is constantly bringing the Central New York community issues that matter most to them, and the problems surrounding I-81 are of particular importance to our viewers."

With the help of the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and other community organizations, WCNY will air a three-part "Central Issues" special called Blueprint:The Rt. 81 Corridor to discuss the problems and issues with I-81. Over the course of three episodes, the "Central Issues" special will look at the history of the construction of the road and the community it destroyed, the timeline and plans for community engagement through the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council, and look at the available options and what other communities have done. Host George Kilpatrick will also take a walking tour with NYSDOT engineers.

Blueprint: The Rt. 81 Corridor will air October 4 - 6 at 6:30 p.m. each night on WCNY 24.1.

For more information on WCNY's "Central Issues" special, Blueprint: The Rt. 81 Corridor, visit www.wcny.org.

About WCNY

WCNY is a private, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, and member-supported affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) founded in 1965. WCNY serves a 19-county viewing and listening area. WCNY broadcasts television programming on "Main Channel" 24.1 in Syracuse, WCNY2, and digital channels: Your TV 24.2, Cinema 24 - 24.3, and WCNY-HD - 24.4. All channels are carried by 33 cable carriers including Time Warner and Verizon FIOS. WCNY is also the only station in our broadcast area that offers true HD 24-hours a day. WCNY-FM, the only classical music station in Central New York, is broadcast on WCNY-FM, 91.3 in Syracuse, WJNY-FM, 90.9 in Watertown, WUNY-FM, 89.5 in Utica, and is broadcast over the World Wide Web at www.wcny.org. Our visually impaired audience can access "Read-Out," a radio reading service. WCNY offers educational videos online. We also produce original programming that inspires, educates, and entertains, and offer award-winning video production and media consulting services to the public.

About Blueprint America

Blueprint America is an ongoing multi-platform media initiative that presents a unique portfolio of current affairs reports under the Blueprint America umbrella, including original documentaries, individual segments produced in partnership with PBS's most prestigious and most-watched news and public affairs and public radio outlets, and a comprehensive website at www.pbs.org/blueprintamerica. The project is being supported with a major grant from The Rockefeller Foundation.

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