State transportation commission holding hearing Oct. 8 in Meriden

The Connecticut Public Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing in Meriden at the Meriden City Hall Council Chambers, 142 East Main St., on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the fourth of five hearings that the Commission holds statewide this fall to gather testimony from the public, transportation providers, public officials and other entities concerning the operation of public transportation services, dial-a-ride and ADA transportation and other issues.

The Commission seeks public comment 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 comments on the value of the upcoming New Haven-Hartford-Springfield passenger rail service, the new train station proposed for Meriden, transit-oriented development at the HUB site and the train station, the adequacy of Connecticut Transit bus service in Meriden and Wallingford, inter-regional bus service connections, and other topics of interest to the public.

The commission will use the testimony received at this public hearing as well as from other hearings conducted across the state in preparing recommendations for its annual report to the Governor, the Commissioner of Transportation and the Transportation Committee of the General Assembly.

In addition to the Oct. 8 hearing in Meriden, the Commission’s final fall public hearing will be Oct. 15 at Mansfield Town Hall, also at 7:30 p.m.

The commission has also held public hearings in Hartford and Torrington this fall and will have a public hearing in Waterbury City Hall on Sept. 30.

The Commission held three hearings this spring in New Haven, Stamford and Danbury.