Public can vent on transportation issues at state hearing tonight

A public hearing on public transportation services, dial-a-ride, ADA transportation and other issues will take place Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., fourth-floor cafeteria.

This will be the second of three hearings that the state Public Transportation Commission holds statewide this spring to gather testimony from the public, transportation providers, public officials and other entities.

The commission seeks comment from residents on the extent to which existing services are meeting public needs and on improvements or new services to address unmet travel needs.

Local and regional issues of particular interest include Metro-North service issues, the adequacy of fare collection on Metro-North, the impact of potential cuts to Jobs Access transportation services, and other matters.

Feedback used to make recommendations

The commission will use the testimony received at this public hearing as well as from other hearings to be conducted across the state to prepare recommendations for its annual report to the governor, state transportation commissioner and legislature’s Transportation Committee.

In addition to the May 13 public hearing in Stamford, the commission will hold a June 2 hearing at Danbury City Hall. A meeting previously took place in New Haven.

Five more public hearings will be conducted this fall. Additional information on the commission’s public hearings may be obtained from state transportation official Dennis J. King at 860-594-2820.