The importance of the State Matching Grant Program to support local paratransit services was
discussed at three of the Commission’s five public hearings and several of its monthly meetings.
The results of the $1,000,000 funding cut made to this program in the last budget are discussed in thefourth recommendation which recommends the restoration of this cut.Active involvement by the State of Connecticut in the NEC Future study being conducted by the
Federal Railroad Administration to look at the needs of, and potential improvements to, Amtrak’s
Northeast Corridor infrastructure and service is advocated in recommendation #5. The sixthrecommendation recognizes an on-going study by the Housatonic Railroad to develop anunsubsidized passenger rail service on the Berkshire Line between Danbury and Pittsfield,Massachusetts
and, as this proposal takes shape, requests ConnDOT’s assistance
, as appropriate.The seventh and eighth recommendations thank ConnDOT for its advocacy and its funding supportfor two important facility projects, namely the demolition of an abandoned, State-owned building atthe Waterbury train station which will allow for other improvements at that site to go forward, andthe development of a new bus storage and maintenance facility in Willimantic for the WindhamRegion Transit District.Lastly, the assistance of ConnDOT in making user-
friendly upgrades to the Commission’s website is
requested in the ninth recommendation. Following the last recommendation are four short
discussions of other issues raised at the Commission’s public hearings. These issue
s concernsmoking on railroad station platforms, public announcements at rail stations when arriving trainshave been switched to alternate tracks, the provision of rest room facilities at transit hubs , and theconsideration of transit availability when facility siting and land use decisions are made.Members of the Commission welcome your comments on the recommendations contained in theAnnual Report. We appreciate your consideration of these proposals and welcome the opportunity tomeet with you to discuss actions that can be taken to implement them.