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Transportation Hearing Set for Stamford

The Connecticut Public Transportation Commission wants to hear Fairfield County residents and officials' views on public transportation at a hearing in Stamford on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Commissioner Gail Lavielle said the hearing will help planners set priorities.

"We hope that residents from communities throughout our area will provide comments about mass transit developments in progress, as well as priorities for the future, so we can ensure they are taken into account in policy decisions at the state level," Lavielle said in a press release.

The CPTC said it welcomes comments on any public transportation issue. But it also suggested several topics, including: the Stamford Transportation Center, both the facility and parking garage; rail branch line improvements, temporary rail timetable changes, rail parking and station access, the new M8 rail cars, bus transit and intermodal commuter connections, bicycle and walking trails, transit- oriented development (TOD) concept and implementation issues, and ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems).

The CPTC advises Gov. M. Jodi Rell, the state's transportation commissioner and the General Assembly's transportation committees on concerns the public raises. It holds hearings throughout the state every year to gather information on regional priorities.

Those who can't attend the hearing can send written comments to Dennis J. King, CPTC Liaison, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546 or e-mail Lavielle, . The hearing begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Stamford Government Center cafeteria on the fourth floor.

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