CTDOT holds public hearings on proposed fare increases and service reductions

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) today announced a series of seven public hearings to gather input on proposed bus and rail fare increases and service reductions. There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 5-8 p.m., at UConn Stamford campus auditorium, One University Place, Stamford. Snow date is Tuesday, March 6, 5-8.

If approved, a rail fare increase would take effect in three phases — 10% on July 1, 2018, 5% on July 1, 2020, and 5% on July 1, 2021, for a cumulative total of 21.28%.  A 14.3%, or 25-cent, bus fare increase would take effect on July 1, 2018. Rail service reductions would also take effect on or about July 1, 2018; no bus service changes are proposed at this time. A $1 increase in the car fare for the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury and Chester-Hadlyme ferries is also proposed, for which public information meetings will be held.

The rail service proposals include significant reductions to rail services on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines on the New Haven Line, and on Shore Line East. The main line New Haven Line service would largely remain unchanged.

These actions are necessary due to an estimated $60 million budget shortfall for transit and rail accounts.  The implementation of any service and fare changes are subject to public input and contingent on action by the General Assembly to ensure the long-term solvency of the Special Transportation Fund which is supported by the gasoline tax and other revenues, and pays for CTDOT operations.

At these hearings, CTDOT will provide information and accept public comments about the fare and service proposals and the Service and Fare Equity Analysis (SAFE). The SAFE process evaluates the proposed changes to determine if they will cause a disparate impact on minority populations or a disproportionate burden to low income populations. The SAFE analysis and additional details on the fares and service cuts will be published at www.ct.gov/dot/farecomments as they become available.

The public comment period for the proposed service and fare changes will run through March 9. CT DOT encourages transit and rail riders as well as all members of the public to participate in one or more of the scheduled public hearings and/or submit written comments on proposed fare and service changes: CT Department of Transportation, PO Box 317546, Newington, CT, 06131 [email protected].

CTDOT announces public hearings on proposed fare increases and service reductions

CTDOT announces public hearings on proposed fare increases and service reductions

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