NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Thursday is your last chance to speak out about the proposed fare hike for trains and buses.
The last two hearings are in New Haven at the Hall of Records directly behind the News 8 studios at 200 Orange Street, just off of Elm Street.
The Department of Transportation has a multi million dollar hole in the budget because of all the belt-tightening in Hartford this year. To try to make that up, DOT is looking to hike up fares on basically everything. CT Transit bus fares would go from a $1.50 to $1.75. Shoreline East fares would go out by 25 cents. Metro-North fares would also go up too.
A one way trip from New Haven to Grand Central during rush hour would go from $22 to $23.23. A monthly pass goes up by $28 and would now be almost $500. They’ve already had 7 hearings in five other towns, but the public hearings end today. If you can’t make it, there is also an online petition created by republican who oppose the increase. Some GOP lawmakers have been out on train platforms collecting signatures, but it’s also available at nofareincrease.com.
The hearings go from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday at 200 Orange street between Elm and Chapel.
The DOT needs to make up about $^ million in the budget. Republicans say take away the tax exemption for tickets to events at theaters like the XL Center and Webster Bank Arena. They say the state could easily make $6 million on sales tax for those tickets.