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Pick up or phone in for CDOT planning Thursday

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting a "telephone town hall" on Thursday evening for the residents of Garfield, Eagle, Lake, Pitkin, and Summit counties, providing an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and provide input about regional transportation priorities.

Starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, citizens living in west central Colorado will be called at random through an automated system and invited to take part in the telephone forum.

Anyone who wants to participate but did not receive a call can dial in, toll-free, at 1-877-229-8493, PIN 112034. Those who choose to join the call will have the chance to express their thoughts and ask questions about transportation. Participants also will be able to use their keypad to answer live polls.

"I'm looking forward to this conversation between CDOT and the residents of the intermountain areas of Colorado," Intermountain Regional Planning Commission Chairman Thad Noll said in a CDOT news release. "Reducing congestion, expanding transit services and improving cycling conditions are just a few of the issues that are important in this area of the state."

Employing a telephone town hall is a good way to reach out to citizens so their voices to be heard as part of the transportation planning process, Noll said.

CDOT is hosting the telephone town halls for residents in all 64 counties through early June, as Coloradans are encouraged to weigh in on how CDOT should focus its limited funding, discuss the link between transportation and the economy, and help determine regional priorities, according to the news release.

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