In a move meant to give a more consistent message to the public, the state Department of Transportation is restricting the news media’s access to its employees.
The department has also removed all individual e-mail addresses from its Web site.
Under the new policy, the DOT’s communications staff and Commissioner Harold Linnenkohl will respond to reporters’ questions and gather information from the employees when they don’t know the answer themselves.
Access might be opened occasionally, but that probably would be rare, officials say.
“That is our communication office’s function,