Forums Planned On Ferry Closings

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut officials have scheduled two public sessions to answer questions about their plans to close two historic ferry services, including one that has been operating for more than 350 years.

Residents and town officials are trying to block budget-cutting plans to end the Chester-Hadlyme and Rocky Hill-Glastonbury ferry services. State officials say $800,000 could be saved over two years, part of a broader effort to close a $1.6 billion budget gap.

The ferry between Glastonbury and Rocky Hill has been in service since 1655, and the Chester-Hadlyme ferry has been running since 1769.

The state Department of Transportation’s forums to discuss the planned closings are scheduled at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Rocky Hill town hall, and again at 6 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the Chester Meeting House.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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