Town hall meetings to focus on transportation planning

Accompanying the debut of the draft of the New Hampshire Transportation Business Plan, members of a transportation advisory committee will hold town hall meetings across the state to discuss the future of transportation in New Hampshire.

Speaking at a press conference last week, state Transportation Commissioner Murray said residents as well as planners “need to get the fact that land-use planning and transportation are connected.”

In 2004, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation created the Community Advisory Committee to develop a new long-range transportation plan for New Hampshire.

Billed as the “first-in-the-nation citizens’ transportation plan,” the plan does not offer solutions, but instead poses questions and concepts for town planners and residents to consider while making decisions regarding their communities’ futures.

Members of the community advisory committee will host the following meetings at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

• Tuesday, March 21, Howe Library, Hanover
• Wednesday, March 22, Red Barn at the Rocks Estate, Bethlehem
• Thursday, March 23, Nashua City Auditorium, Nashua
• Wednesday, March 29, Keene Library, Keene
• Thursday, March 30, 6 p.m., N.H. Housing Finance Authority,
• Tuesday, April 4, Newington Town Hall, Newington
• Wednesday, April 5, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Laconia
• Tuesday, April 11, City Council Chambers, Concord
• Thursday, April 13, Berlin City Hall, Berlin

For a copy of the plan and details on the town hall meetings, visit — CINDY KIBBE

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