Editorial: Get on board

Commuters who rely on the Danbury branch rail line have an opportunity to speak their minds with Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker on Monday night. They should seize the moment.

Redeker will be at the Clune Center from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for a listening session to hear suggestions for improvements from those who know best what is needed — the rail riders. Unfortunately, the meeting has been scheduled for the first night of Passover, but it extends over two hours and people may come and go as their schedule dictates.

This is not a presentation. It is a chance for commuters and others interested in the future of the Danbury branch line to have their voices heard.

State Rep. Gail Lavielle has been shepherding HB 6553 through the legislature, getting 11 other House legislators, Republicans and Democrats, to co-sponsor it. Given the state’s perilous financial situation, it realistically calls for no new money. Instead, it would reallocate previously authorized bonds to make incremental service improvements. It’s not a cure-all, rather a means to improve things as much as possible given what funds could be available.

Let’s hope the comments and suggestions do not fall on deaf ears.