- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A rail commuter advocacy group generally based in southwestern Connecticut is headed to New London to hear from Shore Line East commuters.

The Connecticut Commuter Rail Council is seeking comment Wednesday from Shore Line East riders about Amtrak cross-honoring tickets, rail line improvements and state expansion plans.

The rail council also will discuss a $30 million project to build a station at Niantic. It’s part of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 30-year transportation plan.

Jim Gildea, vice chairman of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council, said rail advocates want to hear from eastern Connecticut commuters who face issues different from what riders confront elsewhere in the state.

State transportation officials, state and local legislators and rail line representatives are expected to attend.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. in New London City Hall.

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