Public hearing to be held on proposed rate hike for Metro-North, buses

Metro-North train (File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Tuesday is a great day to sound off about the cost of transportation here in Connecticut. That’s right, if you use Metro-North or the bus to get to work, the cost may be going up again.

The Department Of Transportation is deep in debt so now they’re turning to their riders to make money. The first of many public hearing are Tuesday for a rate hike.

Related: DOT to hold hearing on proposed rail, bus fare hike

Here’s what they’re looking at doing. The increases would be in three phases similar to the last one. So, if approved then rail fares would go up by 21 percent by the year 2021.

Also, there would also be service reductions on the New Haven, New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury lines of Metro-North. Especially on the weekend and off peak trains.

If you rely on the bus, know those fares would go up about 25 cents. A $1 increase in the car fare for the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury and Chester-Hadlyme ferries is also proposed.

The hearing will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the New Haven Hall Of Records, room g-2 at 200 Orange Street in New Haven.

If you miss this one, the next one is planned for Wednesday night in Waterbury.

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