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Traffic Congestion: Gridlock or a Road to Improvement?

March 18, 2010

NORWALK, Conn. - Vehicle commuters facing crippling congestion in Fairfield County must budget extra time and fuel to drive along I-95 or the Merritt Parkway to get to work or other destinations. A forum tonight will address the gridlock in the county, a bottleneck for the entire state. National data indicate that, between Bridgeport and Stamford alone, drivers waste 16 million hours a year idling in traffic.

Gail Lavielle, a member of the Connecticut Public Transportation Commission, ticks off some of the possible solutions.

"One is more trains; one is better use of buses and shuttles. There's also the question of better bicycle and pedestrian facilities."

Lavielle says one of the top priorities of state and local governments and the business community is to get more people out of their cars, to reduce both congestion and air pollution.

Ways to improve the situation, she adds, include clustering development around transportation hubs and increasing travel options.

"One of the projects that's under consideration right now is a trail or a greenway from Danbury going all the way to Norwalk, so that people can, for example, actually ride a bicycle to commute or ride a bicycle to a train station and get there safely."

The forum, entitled "Can We Keep Fairfield County Moving?", is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund. It will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the PepsiCo Theater, East Campus, Norwalk Community College, 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk.

Transportation data is available at http://tti.tamu.edu/research_areas/topic.htm?p_tid=18.

Melinda Tuhus, Public News Service - CT