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9 Economy Transportation Getting your drivers license is a rite of passage in American culture. Interestingly many newly licensed drivers are less and less eager to hit the road. In recognition of the shifting culture regional transportation planning is balancing current needs with upcoming demand. Greater New Havens shoreline route offers robust commuter service to both the east and west of New Haven. The east is served by Shore Line East offering service from New London to New Haven. Metro-North provides commuter service to the west with stops at major commercial hubs between New Haven and Grand Central Station. The New Haven-Hartford-Springfield commuter rail line with expected completion in January 2018 will connect the Knowledge Corridor between Connecticut and Massachusetts. Additionally New Havens Union Station is Amtraks 10th busiest station in the U.S. providing service on the Northeast Regional Boston to Washington D.C. and Vermonter routes. State and federal investment in the regions highway infrastructure has reaped huge benefits for travelers along I-95 and I-91. The New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program is complete and the reconfiguration of the I-95 I-91 and Route 34 interchange will provide additional enhancements for drivers in to and out of New Haven. On a more local level the Route 34 Downtown Crossing project removed a portion of the highway to knit downtown New Haven with the medical district. This project reclaimed 10 acres of developable land to promote an expanded livable and walkable community improve regional connectivity and allow the relocation of Alexion Pharmaceuticals World Headquarters in January 2016. Walking and cycling are part transportation and part recreation in Greater New Haven. The City of New Haven in addition to being an innately walkable city has added bike lanes to many main thoroughfares. Residents often congregate near the town centers that were originally designed as centers for social interaction and commerce. Parks throughout the region offer walking hiking and biking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Tweed New Haven Regional Airport offers one-stop service to over 130 destinations. Additionally Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks approximately 50 miles from downtown New Haven recently landed non-stop service to Dublin via Aer Lingus. Union Station Photograph by Michael MarslandYale University 9