Public hearings on Metro-North rail line fare increases

Below is information regarding the proposed 2016 CT DOT bus & rail fare increase sent by State Representative Brenda Kupchick

The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (DOT) has announced that they will be increasing Metro-North commuter rail line fares by 5%. This increase would pertain to all parts of the Metro-North New Haven, including the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branches and Shoreline east and would become effective Dec. 1 of this year.

On the New Haven line, it would be combined with the 1% increase already scheduled for January, making the increase 6%.

After fare increases of 5% in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and 1% increases in 2015 and 2016, new 6% hike is obscene. The Metro-North commuters of Fairfield and Southport continue to pay higher and higher fares without seeing any tangible evidence of improved service.  

The fare increase proposal is a direct result of the $37 million in cuts imposed on the DOT in the 2017 budget passed by the majority last May. It’s just one example of the consequences of poor budgetary policies. I will oppose these fare increases and work with my colleagues on both sides of the political aisle to try to find a way to stop them from being implemented.

It is my intention to keep commuters informed and aware of the upcoming public hearings on the Metro-North rail-line fare increases.

Public hearings:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., UConn Stamford Campus Auditorium, One University Place, Stamford
  • Thursday, Sept. 15, 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., New Haven Hall of Records, Room G-2, 200 Orange Street, New Haven
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, 4-7 p.m., Silas Bronson Library, 267 Grand Street, Waterbury
  • Tuesday, Sept. 1, 4-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Old Saybrook Town Hall, 302 Main Street, Old Saybrook
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7, 4-7 p.m., Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Meriden Town Hall, Room 218, 142 East Main Street, Meriden.

The proposed bus and rail fare adjustments and Service and Fare Equity Analysis may be viewed on the Department’s website at Written comments on the proposed fare changes must be received by Sept. 15, 2016 at COMMENT ON FARE CHANGES, Bureau of Public Transportation, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546 or [email protected]

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