by Andrew Martin
Morrisville will be the location of one of six public hearings held by the Vermont Transportation Board this fall. On September 30 the board announced the location of the six meetings, which have the purpose of gathering public comments and input about transportation issues that Vermont faces. The Morrisville hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. on October 23 and will be held at the Morristown Town Offices in the Tegu building.
“The Transportation Board each year travels around the state to meet with Vermonters and discuss important transportation issues,” said Maurice Germain, chairman of the Transportation Board in a press release on the meetings, “We have identified specific topics that are timely and currently under discussion within VTrans and at the Legislature. But we also want people to let us know whatever is on their minds.”
Working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and Vermont’s 11 Regional Planning Commissions the Transportation Board identified six topics related to transportation that they would like public input on. The six topics will be discussed at each meeting with additional time set aside for attendees to voice other concerns not directly related to the topics.
The six topics chosen as focus points are; Transportation Revenues and Energy, Bike and Pedestrian Issues, The Future of Both Freight and Passenger Rail Services, Park and Ride Expansion, Roadway Safety, and Public Transit – Intercity Service and Service for the Elderly.
At each hearing the Transportation Board will present a small amount of background information on each of the topics before the discussion and public input takes place. Following all of the hearings the board will submit a report to both the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Vermont Legislature. The report will also be posted on the board’s website at http://tboard.vermont.gov.
Along with the Morrisville meeting, the other five meetings are scheduled for the following times and places; October 16 in Springfield beginning at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Town Hall, October 22 in Bennington at starting at 6 p.m. at the Bennington Fire House, October 30 in Newport at 6 p.m. at the Gateway Center, November 14 in St. Albans starting at 6 p.m. at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites in the Green Mountain Room, and on November 20 in Middlebury at the Addition County Regional Planning Offices beginning at 6 p.m.
“These locations were chosen with the help of the state’s Regional Planning Commissions,” Mr. Germain said in the press release, “Each year, the Board changes the locations to provide as much geographic diversity as possible.”
Anyone who cannot attend any of the six meetings can still submit a comment at http://tboard.vermont.gov. More information on the meetings can also be found by contacting the board’s Executive Secretary John Zicconi at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-802-828-2942.