BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is kicking off a series of statewide public meetings.
The meetings are designed to help transportation officials exchange ideas with residents, community leaders and business owners, and discuss the future of transportation in the state.
A bill passed in August requires the department to host at least six public meetings before developing a long-term financing plan for the state's transportation system next year.
To make sure that all regions of the Commonwealth are represented, MassDOT will hold 15 meetings.
Transportation Secretary Richard Davey said the statewide discussions are intended to let users of the state's transportation system share their ideas, thoughts and proposals for improving and paying for the network.
The first meeting will be held in Springfield on Thursday.MassDOT officials plan series of public meetings