DANBURY–On Tuesday night, State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) and other legislators were joined by area drivers, bus and train commuters, who all had an opportunity to voice their frustrations with the conditions of Connecticut’s transportation system, proposed fare hikes and to offer ideas for improvements at a forum with the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation (DOT) James Redeker.
The forum was organized by a bipartisan group of legislators from the Route 7 corridor who are concerned that in the last few months, the state DOT has proposed raising rail and bus fares 21.28 percent over the next 3 years, significantly reducing rail service on the Danbury and Waterbury Lines. Additionally, the governor has cancelled over $4 billion in transportation projects state-wide and introduced a proposal to bring tolls back to the state, raise the gas tax 7 cents over 4 years and implement a new ‘tire tax’.
The forum was held in the Council Chambers at Danbury City Hall.
“Meetings with the public are critical, because the voices of the people who are most affected by service cuts and fare hikes are the most important voices for us to listen to,” said Rep. Lavielle. “I thank everyone who came out to the meeting in Danbury.”