Help shape Vermont's transportation future

A new public opinion survey that asks how the public views transportation in Vermont's Western Corridor has been launched. The on-line survey, available at www.vtwesterncorridor.org/survey, is part of a five-region study to develop a multimodal Transportation Management Plan for western Vermont, from the Massachusetts state line to the Canadian border.

For the past 18 months the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization, and five Regional Planning Commissions in western Vermont have been partnering in an effort to develop the transportation plan.

The plan will identify effective ways to improve the safety and efficiency of the transportation system in a coordinated and balanced manner throughout western Vermont over the next 20 years. Recommended strategies are expected to promote economic vitality in the region while maintaining Vermont's unique and valued quality of life.

Among the issues considered by the plan are highway travel conditions and safety; freight transport by rail, truck and air; and public transportation services. The plan will develop strategies that enhance the quality of life for communities along the Western Corridor and support the region's economy through transportation investments.

The survey solicits public opinion on issues of safety, congestion, priority for investment of transportation funding and proposed strategies for the Western Corridor.

Additional public input will be sought through public meetings planned for each of the five planning regions in Vermont's Western Corridor as well as at the Vermont Agency of Transportation in Montpelier. Meetings have been scheduled as follows:

•May 20, 7 p.m.: Addison County Regional Planning Commission, 14 Seminary St., Middlebury.

•May 28, 7 p.m.: Rutland Regional Medical Center, Leahy Center-Conference Room A, 160 Allen St., Rutland.

•June 2, 9 a.m.: Chittenden County, Metropolitan Planning Organization, 110 West Canal St., Winooski.

The plan is being funded by funds provided by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

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