Rail, bus fare hikes going up in December

Metro-North railroad car. (WTNH)
Metro-North railroad car. (WTNH)

NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The State Department of Transportation has announced that the proposed rail and bus fare hikes in the state will become a reality on December 1st.

State DOT commissioner James P. Redeker announced on Tuesday that train fares will go up by 6 percent, including a previoulsy improved 1 percent. Bus fares will go up 16.7 percent, or 25 cents on a single one-way CTtransit bus trip.

Many lawmakers representing Fairfield County put forth a “No Fare Increase” petition in an effort to stop the increased fares on Metro-North lines. The petition landed 1,700 signatures and was submitted to state officials during a public hearing at the UConn Stamford Campus.

Six public hearings were held across the state, allowing commuters to speak out against the proposed hikes.

 Almost 400 people commented on the proposed fares. While some opposed a fare increase of any kind, there were no recommendations to cut service.” -DOT

The rail fare increase will apply to the New Haven Line and Shore Line East on tickets purchased for traveling to or from the stations.

The fare hikes are designed to fix the hole in the state’s transportation budget, which took a hit earlier this year.

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