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Connecticut commuter council to hold Stamford forum

Published 1:20 pm, Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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The Connecticut Rail Commuter Council will hold a forum for riders to discuss ongoing service issues on Metro-North's New Haven Line at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria of the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd.

On hand to answer questions will be state Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker and Metro-North officials, as well as several state legislators.

The forum announced this week will come a day after a forum hosted in at the Pequot Library in the Southport section of Fairfield by the independent Connecticut Citizens Transportation Lobby, where commuters will be able to speak regarding service problems and the series of mishaps at the railroad for the past nine months that have raised concerns about management of the line and investment in its infrastructure.

The state-appointed council is charged with advocating on behalf of commuters and working with the Department of Transportation to improve communications with rail riders.

"The council is interested in going directly to the commuters and listening to what they have to say," council Chairwoman Terri Cronin said in a statement. "We feel it is an important part of our job as independent advocates to engage the commuters who travel and use the Metro-North line."

-- Martin B. Cassidy