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Summary of 'SPEAK UP 2004' questions and answers and previous "Speak Up" programs.
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Prelude to "Speak Up 2005"

Message from the Board...

Events leading up to "Speak Up 2005" (get ideas here):

Commuters rally for transportation improvements
By Mark Ginocchio, Stamford ADVOCATE
January 20, 2005

HARTFORD -- Gov. M. Jodi Rell promised yesterday to address transportation issues in her upcoming budget and seek more input on Metro-North's controlling board during a transportation rally at the Capitol.

Through a spokesman, Rell said she would make "a substantial new commitment to alleviate congestion on our highways." Rell's office did not elaborate on the proposal.

Phil Dukes, the governor's counsel for policy, told those at the rally that Rell also will appeal to New York Gov. George Pataki to win a seat on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board of directors.

The 23-member MTA board is appointed by Pataki and oversees Metro-North. Members are recommended by New York county executives, labor groups and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. However, there is no representative from Connecticut. Rell was at home recovering from breast cancer surgery earlier this month, Dukes said. Calls seeking comment from Pataki were not returned yesterday.

More than 100 commuters and legislators were on hand for the statement at a rally organized by the Connecticut Citizens Transportation Lobby, a transportation advocacy group of "concerned citizens."

Most participants traveled by private bus to the Capitol, to lobby for statewide transportation improvements and a comprehensive funding strategy to pay for it all.

The rally was endorsed by the Connecticut League of Women Voters, the Connecticut Sierra Club and the Hartford-based rail advocacy group, All Aboard!, which all sent members.

[Please read the rest of this article at the Stamford ADVOCATE website]

Summary of 'SPEAK UP 2004' questions and answers and previous "Speak Up" programs.