VT Transportation Board Public Hearing in Middlebury Nov. 18

VT Transportation Board Announces Fall Public Hearings

The Vermont Transportation Board this fall will hold six public hearings for the purpose of gathering public comment about State transportation policy associated with public transportation, train travel and highway safety. Bicycle and pedestrian safety, as well as the possible legalization of marijuana, are also included. On Wednesday November 18 the final hearing will take place at 6 p.m. at the Addison Regional Planning Commission, 14 Seminary Street, Middlebury, VT.

Working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the state’s 11 Regional Planning Commissions, the Board identified these topics as ones of growing importance to many Vermonters. The Board wants to discuss these issues with the public to determine how future transportation policy can be shaped to best position Vermont to meet the needs of it many residents.

Topics the Board plans to discuss include:

  • Both nationally and in Vermont, people are driving less and seeking to use alternative modes of transportation. What does this mean for the State’s future?
  • What transportation options do people consider when choosing a place to live and work?
  • How important are motor-vehicle alternatives such as rideshare, bicycle infrastructure, public transit, commuter rail, and vehicle-sharing such as Carshare Vermont and Zipcar?
  • What urban transportation solutions can be adapted to rural areas?
  • What should Vermont’s future passenger train service look like?
  • What can Vermont do to make both walking and riding a bicycle safer?
  • If the State legalizes the use of marijuana, what should be done to help keep roadways safe?

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