Allie-Brennan’s Request for
Public Hearing in Danbury Granted
Earlier this month, 2nd District State Assembly candidate Raghib Allie-Brennan sent a formal request to Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker asking that he schedule an additional public hearing in Danbury on proposed fare increases and service reductions to the Danbury Line. In
Richard W. Andreski, Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Transportation, has granted Allie-Brennan’s request. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 26, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Danbury City Hall, Council of Chambers, 155 Deer Hill Avenue. (Note: a public hearing date of March 5 has been reported in another news outlet. At this time, the February 26 date remains on the calendar at Danbury City Hall. I will confirm the date of this important hearing and publish it as soon as possible on hello, Bethel!‘s Facebook page.)
The full text of Commissioner Andreski’s letter is below:
Mr. Raghib Allie-Brennan
Dear Mr. Allie-Brennan,
Thank you for your letter dated February 1, 2018, regarding a request to add an additional public hearing in Danbury.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) is holding a series of public hearings and informational meetings to gather input on the proposed bus and rail fare increases and service reductions. The proposed fare increases and service reductions are necessary due to a $60 million budget shortfall for transit and rail accounts. The implementation of any service and fare changes are subject to public input and contingent on action by the General Assembly to ensure the longterm solvency of the Special Transportation Fund which is supported by the gasoline tax and other revenues, and pays for transit and rail services.
The Department has considered your request and will offer an informational meeting in Danbury to gather input from the residents of Danbury, Bethel, Redding, and the surrounding areas. The informational meeting will be held at the Danbury City Hall, Council of Chambers, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, on Monday, February 26, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If there is a need to cancel this meeting due to inclement weather, the snow date for this meeting will be Thursday, March 1, 2018. The time and location will remain the same.
The Department will present the proposed fare increases for bus, rail, and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit services. The Department will also present the proposed rail service reductions to the Danbury Line, Waterbury Line, New Canaan Line, Shore Line East, and minor service reductions to the New Haven Line.
The Department will accept comments on the proposed fare and service changes at the informational meeting. Written comments on the proposed fare and service changes must be An Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer received by March 9, 2018, and mailed to COMMENT ON PROPOSED FARE AND SERVICE CHANGES, Bureau of Public Transportation, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued support of public transportation in Connecticut.
Richard W. Andreski