Transit cuts: Public Hearing Schedule for Fare Increase/Service Reduction

8/13/2011 12:00:00 AM

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE FOR FARE INCREASES AND SERVICE REDUCTIONS

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will hold public hearings to receive comments on proposed rail, public transit bus, express commuter bus, ADA paratransit fare increases (effective on or after November 1, 2011) and proposed reductions in bus and rail service.

The proposed new bus fares will affect local bus systems serving the areas of Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, New Britain, Meriden, Bristol and Wallingford. ADA paratransit fares for these same areas would also be increased by approximately 10 percent, as would fares on express commuter bus services to the Hartford area and for the I-BUS Stamford to White Plains express. Combined, these bus systems serve over 29 million passengers per year.

HEARING SCHEDULE:

New Britain

Mon., August 22 12:00 noon-2:00pm

New Britain City Hall, Room 504

27 West Main Street

New Britain CT

Stamford

Tues., August 23 4:00pm-6:00pm & 7:00pm-9:00pm

UConn Stamford

General Re Conference Room, 1st Floor

One University Place (Corner Washington & Broad)

Stamford CT

New Haven

Wed., August 24 4:00pm-6:00pm & 7:00pm-9:00pm

Hall of Records, 200 Orange Street

Room G-2

New Haven CT

Hartford

Thurs., August 25 12:00 noon-2:00pm & 4:30pm-6:30pm

Hartford Public Library

"X" Room

500 Main Street

Hartford CT

Meriden

Fri., August 26 2:00pm-4:00pm

Meriden Senior Center

Willene''s Place

22 West Main Street

Meriden CT

Waterbury

Tues., August 30 2:00pm-4:00pm & 5:00pm-6:00pm

Silas Bronson Library

Downstairs Hearing Room

267 Grand Street

Waterbury CT

The proposed bus and rail fare tables and proposed service reductions may be viewed at www.ct.gov/dot/farecomments on the Department''s website. Written comments or arguments on the proposed fare adjustments and service reductions must be delivered or postmarked by September 15, 2011 to Bureau of Public Transportation, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546. The caption "COMMENT ON INTENT TO ADOPT PUBLIC TRANSIT FARES & SERVICE REDUCTIONS" must appear on the envelope. E-mailed comments or arguments should be addressed to dot.farecomments@ct.gov within the same time frame.

These hearings are accessible to persons with disabilities. Hearing impaired individuals, or persons speaking a language other than English wishing to attend any of these hearings and requiring an interpreter may make arrangements by contacting the Department of Transportation''s Office of Communications at (860) 594-3062 (VOICE ONLY), or (860) 594-3090 (TTY) at least five working days prior to the hearing.

For More Information: http://www.ct.gov/dot/farecomments

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Daria F. Smith, MSW

Executive Director

CT State Independent Living Council

151 New Park Avenue, Suites 121-123, Hartford, CT 06106

(860) 523-0126 (phone); (860) 586-7024 (fax)

(860) 681-7599 (cell), www.ctsilc.org



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