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Transportion Hearings Set for Springfield, Vt.

Springfield, Vt. — A series of meetings to gather public comment about transportation issues facing Vermont will kick off on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in Springfield Town Hall. The hearings are sponsored by the Vermont Transportation Board, which travels around the state each year to discuss transportation issues with Vermont residents.

“We have identified specific topics that are timely and currently under discussion within VTrans and at the Legislature,” said Maurice Germain, chairman of the Transportation Board. “But we also want people to let us know whatever is on their minds.”

Working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the state’s 11 regional planning commissions, the board chose the following discussion topics: transportation revenues and energy; bike and pedestrian issues; the future of freight and passenger rail services; park and ride expansion; roadway safety; and public transit, including intercity service and service for the elderly.

At the hearings, the Vermont Transportation Board will provide background information about each topic to set the stage for discussion and comment. Following the hearings, the board will submit a report to VTrans and the Legislature. The report will also be posted on the board’s website.

Meetings will also be held later this fall in Bennington, Morristown, Newport, St. Albans and Middlebury. Written comments can be submitted at tboard.vermont.gov/.

For more information, email john.zicconi@state.vt.us or call 802-828-2942. — Staff report