Kissel To Hold Office Hours

Kissel To Hold Office Hours

There are 12 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Jan 4, 2008, titled Kissel To Hold Office Hours. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

State Sen. John A. Kissel, R-Enfield, will have office hours Jan. 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Enfield Senior Center, 299 Elm St.

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District 1 Resident

Enfield, CT

#1 Jan 5, 2008
Wow one day for one hour. People should be able to get alot of questions answered in one hour.
Captain Can-of-Corn

United States

#2 Jan 11, 2008
Hey! At least he is giving us that hour! He is a busy guy! One hour out of SIXTEEN YEARS of service should be ample time for us citizens to meet with the Mighty Master of Mount Aloof. Seriously! Who votes for this guy?
broke farmer

Enfield, CT

#3 Feb 13, 2008
August 29, 2005
Senator Kissel Thrilled With Federal Funding for Enfield Transportation Projects
State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) is thrilled with the news that Enfield had received $9.27 million in federal funding for three local transportation projects. Congressman Rob Simmons (R-2 nd District) made the announcement last week and will present the funding at a ceremony at the Fairview River Access on Fairfield Avenue in Enfield tomorrow afternoon. The funding will go towards The Maple Street Bridge Project, a high-speed railroad crossing, and a train station to accommodate commuter rail service from New Haven to Springfield, Massachusetts.

“This is fantastic news for the people of Enfield and all the surrounding communities in Northern Connecticut. I would like to thank Congressman Simmons for helping to secure this significant funding for the town,” said Senator Kissel.“Reliable public transportation plays a major role in improving a region’s economy and quality of life. Certainly, this nearly $10 million grant will go a long way towards improving Enfield now and in the future. Congressman Simmons deserves a tremendous amount of credit for obtaining this funding for the people of Enfield and the surrounding towns.”

Senator Kissel is a Deputy Minority Leader and represents the seventh district towns of East Granby, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Suffield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.

Broke farmer

Enfield, CT

#4 Feb 20, 2008
DOT 25-08
Contact: Steve Kulm, Tel.:
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
New Grant Program Provides First-Ever Federal-State Funding Partnership to Improve and Expand Intercity Passenger Rail Service
For the first time ever, states will be directly eligible for federal funding to support intercity passenger rail service under a new grant program, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced today.
“We want to encourage and support the kind of state investments that are making a difference for passenger rail services,” Peters said, noting that between 1996 and 2006, ridership on state-supported intercity routes grew by a robust 88 percent, vastly outpacing the 17 percent increase on all other routes combined.
Peters explained that the $30 million capital grant program is designed to support state efforts to improve intercity passenger rail service and requires a 50-50 funding match like most other transportation investments. Projects that demonstrate an on-time performance standard of 80 percent or greater, reduce travel time, increase service frequency, or enhance service quality for intercity rail passengers will receive favorable consideration for funding, she said.
Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: upgrading existing track to permit higher maximum operating speeds, adding or lengthening passing tracks to increase rail line capacity, improving track switches and signaling systems to advance reliability and safety, and purchasing new passenger rail cars to enhance the travel experience, Peters said.
“Rail passengers demand improved service and quality and this grant program will allow states to address these concerns,” said Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph H. Boardman, highlighting that individual or multiple States working together can submit applications.
Peters stressed that creation of a federal-state funding partnership was specifically called for by the Bush Administration as part of its long standing intercity passenger rail reform effort. The Administration believes states need a larger role in deciding where and how intercity passenger rail is operated while focusing federal investments on capital projects that produce long term results.
The Federal Railroad Administration is administering this grant program and will begin accepting applications on March 18, 2008, with the expectation that awards will be made later this year. The full Notice of Funding Availability can be found at .
Enrico Fermi Parent

Enfield, CT

#5 May 8, 2008
Where is the money?
Bigalows resident

United States

#6 Jul 20, 2008
That would be so cool to have the train right next to my residence.

Dallas, TX

#7 Sep 3, 2008
You already have the train go bye. Who knows what State Sen. John A. Kissel, R-Enfield did with the money. I know I won't vote for him.
Vote Kissel out

Dallas, TX

#8 Sep 30, 2008
Where is the money?
Enfield Shaker

New Britain, CT

#9 Oct 5, 2008
Good question where is the money?
Enfield Res on vac

Kalispell, MT

#10 Apr 19, 2009
Whaere is the money?
Speak for Enfield

West Hartford, CT

#11 Apr 20, 2009
I'd just be happy if I knew he wasn't gunning to close the elementary school at the END OF HIS STREET!

Forget him, fight for yourselves. Come to the Town Council meeting tonight (4/20, 7PM) in Enfield at sign up to speak. Tell them there is no resource more important than education and it needs to be protected.

$6.5 million in cuts are on the line and 120 jobs. This is your last chance to make a difference. We can make a difference!
Spring Garden

Hartford, CT

#12 May 1, 2010
Enfield Rail Station Planned to Serve Commuters,

Spur Economic Growth Across Region

ENFIELD — Commuters working in Hanford or Springfield could someday have an alterna­tive to the snarl of highway rush hour traffic.

If current plans are approved by the state leg­islature, the Thompsonville section of Enfield would join North Haven and Newington in building train stations for a proposed commuter railroad connecting New Haven, Hartford, and Springfield.

According to Enfield Town Manager Scott Shanley, two public hearings were recently held to gather input on the plan, which would cost taxpayers a one-time charge of $263 million for tracks, trains, and stations covering 60 miles of terrain. A report produced this fall by planning and consulting firm Wilbur Smith Associates of New Haven proposed an additional annual operating cost of about 9 million.

"This rail service would address a lot of the problems people complain about in Connecticut." Shanley explained.“We need to do something dramatic for the state’s economic strength: our commuter labor force. Your abili­ty to get a job without moving would expand considerably.”

He continued,‘This would also encourage economic development. It would encourage ‘infill’ rather than spreading out to open space. It’s an incentive [for developers] not to sprawl.” Regarding the project’s price tag he added,“It would cost about $240 million to add a high­way lane from Springfield to New Haven This will spur economic development, that's where the payback is.”

The Wilbur Smith study stated that, with con­nections to Metro North, Shore Line East, and Amtrak, regional travelers could also use the proposed rail line, including a connection to Bradley International Airport. Service would operate in both directions, Monday through Friday, on a 30-minute “peak’ hour” schedule. No adjustments would be made in Amtrak schedules, but fares would be adjusted for com­muter use.

"The Windsor Locks station would provide adequate facilities to accommodate a waiting area and transfers between the train and the shuttle bus to Bradley Airport," the study detailed Projected “ridership” would be 2,000 new daily trips.

"The next step is to present this the trans­portation strategy board again," said Shanley. A total of 18 miles of additional track would be needed, with a stretch of about 3-5 miles of that located in the’ section of Enfield. A new station is described a~ a raised platform with parking. Thompsonville is one of many areas in need of revitalization that the commuter rail plan is intended to improve. Public comment on the recommendation action ends Dec. 15. By Mike Briotta, Staff Writer, from Reminder Community News December 7, 2004 Enfield

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