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September 23, 2014

Transportation Board To Visit Eight College Campuses; Gathering Public Comment from Young Adults

The Vermont Transportation Board this fall will hold eight public hearings at various college campuses around the state for the purpose of gathering public comment from young adults about transportation-related decisions that factor into the choices they make when deciding where to live and work after graduation.

Working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center and the state’s 11 Regional Planning Commissions, the Board identified various transportation-related issues believed to be important to young adults who are just beginning their careers. The Board wants to discuss these issues with young adults to determine how future transportation policy can be shaped to best position Vermont in the economic marketplace.

“National studies indicate that young adults drive less than their older counterparts, and that their transportation priories differ from those of previous generations,” said Nick Marro, Chairman of the Transportation Board. “The car often is not at the center of a young adult’s transportation universe. As a result, we want to better understand what Vermont can do transportation-wise to remain attractive to young adults as a place to work and raise a family.”

The Transportation Board each year travels around the state to meet with Vermonters and discuss important transportation issues. While this year’s hearings will take place on college campuses, the general public, especially young adults between the ages of 18-34, are highly encouraged to attend.

Topics the Board plans to discuss with young adults include:

• Nationally, many young adults are choosing not to purchase cars. Is this true in Vermont?

• If deciding not to own a car, how much of that decision is based on environmental concerns?

• What transportation options do young adults consider when choosing a place to live and work?

• How important are motor-vehicle alternatives such as rideshare, bicycle infrastructure, public transit and Zipcars?

• What future transportation projects are important to young adults?

• What urban transportation solutions can be adapted to rural areas?

• What technologies, such as car-sharing apps, are important to the mobility of young adults?

• How can we reduce the rate of distracted and impaired driving among youth?

At each hearing, the Board will present background information regarding each topic to set the stage for discussion and comment. Following the hearings, the Board will submit a written report to both VTrans and the Vermont Legislature. The Board also will post the report on its website.

The Board will hold public hearings on the following dates:

1. October 14: Norwich University, 6:30 p.m., Milano Ballroom, Crawford & Roberts Halls, Northfield VT.

2. October 15: Castleton State College, 7 p.m., Jeffords Center Auditorium, South Street, Castleton, VT.

3. October 21: Lyndon State College, 6:30 p.m., Burke Mountain Room, Library & Academic Building, 1001 College Road, Lyndon, VT.

4. October 22: Vermont Technical College, 6:30 p.m., Room 102 Conant Hall, 81 Judd Drive, Randolph, VT.

5. November 4: Brattleboro CCV-VTC, 6 p.m. Room 245, CCV-VT Building, Harmony Place, Brattleboro, VT.

6. November 6: University of Vermont, 6 p.m., Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, 85 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT.

7. November 12: Johnson State College, 6:30 p.m., Room 1867 Dewey Hall, 337 College Hill, Johnson, VT.

8. November 13: Bennington College, 6:30 p.m., The Symposium, Center for the Advancement of Public Action, 1 College Drive, Bennington, VT.

People who cannot attend a hearing can submit written comment by visiting the Board’s website at http://tboard.vermont.gov/.

The upcoming hearings are being conducted according to Title 19 V.S.A. § 5(d)(8), which charges the Transportation Board to work together with the Agency of Transportation to hold public hearings “for the purpose of obtaining public comment on the development of state transportation policy, the mission of the Agency, and state transportation planning, capital programming and program implementation.”

For more information, contact the Board’s Executive Secretary John Zicconi at john.zicconi@state.vt.us or by calling 802-828-2942.

Media Contact: John Zicconi, Vermont Transportation Board, 802-828-2942

Source: Transportation Board
Last Updated at: September 23, 2014 14:50:24