Shore Line East riders, drivers could be paying more for commute

(WTNH/ Kent Pierce)

GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Kicking commuters while they’re down. Shore Line East riders have faced delays and cancellations for months. Now, the governor is expected to step on the gas, pushing two ideas that will force drivers to pay more.

As per usual, all of this comes down to money. That state is broke and right now there’s a $60 million budget shortfall at the Department of Transportation.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle plan to come out to the Guilford train station to fight two things that could impact Shore Line East riders.

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One, a fare increase. And two, service cuts. This is really adding insult to injury for riders since service has been spotty for several weeks now.

The governor is backing measures that would force drivers to pay more.

One the gas tax, adding another 7 cents per gallon. And electronic tolls for the highways. He wants those tolls up and running in the next four years.

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