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The state Department of Transportation has extended the public comment period on plans for high-speed rail service between New York City and upstate New York.

A series of public hearings is scheduled in six upstate cities where state and federal transportation officials will discuss plans for a high-speed rail corridor linking New York City and western New York.

The state Department of Transportation says the meetings will be held between March 4 and March 14 starting in Albany, followed by Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Utica and Poughkeepsie. The public will have the opportunity to view displays and question experts about the plan.

Connecticut transportation officials have scheduled three public hearings on the plan to build a high-speed rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, Mass.

The New Haven Register reports the June hearings in Enfield, New Britain and North Haven are part of the environmental assessment of the proposed 62-mile rail line.

The state Department of Transportation has prepared a report outlining the potential impact of the project on noise levels, air quality, water quality and cultural and recreational resources along the corridor.