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State Senator Gary Winfield: Your Voice

September 14, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Hearings: Public Transportation Proposed Fare Change

busIn order to implement a new account-based smart card fare payment system, the Connecticut Department of Transportation has proposed increasing public transit fares for CTtransit and CTfastrak local and express bus services, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit services, and New Haven Line and Shore Line East rail services, and for bus services.

Most of the proposed changes would see fare prices increase by 10 or 25 cents for services like local bus routes, while other monthly packages like the I-Bus Express would increase by ten or more dollars a month.

With the new smart card fare payments system, the DOT has also proposed the implementation of new types of passes for specific periods of time (i.e. 2 to 4 hours) for seniors, the disabled and youth riders.

If you have concerns about the proposed changes, you can review them here and attend one of two local public hearings on Thursday, September 15 at the New Haven Hall of Records, Room G-2, located at 200 Orange Street in New Haven.

The first public hearing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and will be followed by a second opportunity from 7 to 9 p.m.

If fare changes are approved, the new prices and payment system will be effective on or after December 1, 2016.

Join the NHPS 2020 Strategic Planning Process

Senator Winfield with students
Everyone has a stake in making sure our youth get the best education possible, and the New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) want you to be a part of the process as they work to refine and deepen the district's Strategic Operating Plan to make sure our kids get a great education from great teachers in our local schools.

The NHPS is looking for community members to provide input and give feedback on its plans to improve our local schools during focus group conversations that will take place throughout the months of September, October and November.

This is your way of making sure that you are a part of the process, and that your voice is heard.

If you're interested in participating in the focus group process, please contact project manager Michele Bonanno at michele.bonanno@nhboe.net or by calling 475-220-1391.

Let's join our partners at NHPS in developing a meaningful strategy to ensure our kids get a great education and graduate from our school system prepared to succeed in college, the work force or in service to our country.

Men's Health Thursday

On Thursday, September 15th, Yale-New Haven Hospital will conduct free prostate cancer screenings from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

I encourage men who are at risk for prostate cancer to take this opportunity to be screened for free.

Those at risk include men between the ages of 55 and 69 who are in reasonably good health, African American men over 40, and men over 40 with a family history of the disease.

You can register for an appointment by calling 1-888-700-6543, or by going online to www.ynhh.org events and scrolling down to September 15th to select an appointment.

Walk-ins are also welcome, and free parking is available by bringing your ticket in with you.

Your health matters, and screenings can help catch a problem early on when treatment is highly effective.

Friday Parking & Street Closures

New Haven Grand PrixThe first annual New Haven Grand Prix Bicycle Race and Crossroads Festival is happening this Friday, and whether you plan to attend the event or not, I would like you to be aware that four streets will be closed for much of the evening, and will likely have a significant impact on traffic.

The race course is a two-square block loop in Downtown New Haven.

College Street from Elm Street to Crown Street will be closed from noon to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16th.

From 4:00 until 10:00 p.m. the following roads will also be closed:

Chapel Street, between Temple Street and High Street
Temple Street, between Elm Street and Chapel Street
High Street, between Chapel Street and Elm Street

Organizers are predicting that this event will attract crowds of between 7,000 and 10,000 people, so please plan alternate routes when traveling in and around that area to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

For those who plan on attending, there will also be food tents, activity areas and a family atmosphere.


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Senator Gary Winfield, Legislative Office Building, Room 2400, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Capitol telephone: 860-240-0393, or Toll-free: 1-800-842-1420

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