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August 05. 2014 9:45PM

Nashua transportation roundtable event canceled

NASHUA — Congresswoman Annie Kuster canceled a roundtable discussion on Tuesday because of an undisclosed family medical emergency.

Kuster was scheduled to host the event at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Nashua Community College, but the gathering was canceled at the last minute.

Several officials had already arrived or were en route to the roundtable discussion, which was set to focus on passenger rail and increasing transportation options for New Hampshire job creators. Business and transportation leaders were invited to discuss the expansion of passenger rail into the Nashua area.

Rosie Hilmer, Kuster’s communication director, said Kuster was on her way to the roundtable event when she was notified of a “family medical emergency.”

All of the roundtable participants were contacted by telephone and were “very understanding” about the last minute event cancellation, according to Hilmer.

At least five roundtable participants arrived at the college for the event, unaware that it had been canceled. Among those invited to participate in the event were Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau, Nashua Chamber of Commerce president Chris Williams, Tom Mahon of the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, Kerrie Diers of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, Stephen Bourque of Nashua Municipal Airport, Patrick Herlihy of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, two state senators and more.

“I am hoping we will be able to reschedule this event,” Hilmer said Tuesday afternoon.

Kuster was planning to hear from business and transportation leaders about current challenges and deficits in the state’s transportation network, and about how expanded rail and other increased transportation options would benefit the local economy.

“Congresswoman Kuster has been a strong advocate for federal funding for projects to repair New Hampshire’s transportation infrastructure,” according to a press release released by Kuster’s staff.

Kuster introduced the DRIVE Now Act, legislation to help the state fix roads and bridges while supporting construction jobs. She also supports expanded transportation options in southern New Hampshire, which would connect Granite Staters to Boston, and help boost the local economy, the press release said.

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