Kupchick & Devlin start petition to stop Metro-North fare hikes

State Representatives Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and Laura Devlin (R-134) along with other Fairfield County legislators are starting a petition drive to stop the proposed five percent Metro-North rail fare hike.

The legislators’ ‘NO FARE INCREASE’ Metro North petition requests that the fare increase which would hit all parts of the Metro-North New Haven rail line be halted and instead other savings be found in the state budget.

One example of savings instead of the rail fare hike, according to the Fairfield legislators, would be to eliminate the admissions tax exemptions for venues including the XL Center, Webster Bank Arena, and Harbor Yard which would equal the amount the same amount projected to be raised from the fare hike.

Both Devlin and Kupchick plan to board Metro North stations to collect petition signatures from Fairfield train commuters.  The petitions will be presented by the legislators to the Department of Transportation at their agency fare increase public hearing in Stamford on September 14th.

“I have heard from many constituents and frustrated commuters who tell me they’re tired of being forced to pay more and more every year without improved service. It’s getting out of hand and it has to stop. I want to give commuters in Fairfield and Southport the opportunity to be heard on the fare hike without having to wait in long line at a long meeting,” said Rep. Kupchick.

Rep. Devlin, who was a fifteen year daily Metro North rider said, “When is enough, enough. Fairfield residents continue to act as the ATM machine for the state. The state budget opposed by the House Republicans but passed by the majority party and signed by the Governor cut the Metro North subsidy.”

Members of the public can fill out the online petition at www.nofareincrease.com.

The two public hearings closest to Metro North commuters in Fairfield County are:

  • Wednesday Sept. 14, 4-9 p.m., UCONN Stamford Campus Auditorium, One University Place, Stamford.
  • Thursday Sept. 15, 4-9 p.m., New Haven Hall of Records, Room G-2, 200 Orange Street, New Haven.
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