HARTFORD - The Connecticut Department of Transportation says it will not cut commuter rail and bus service in January.

It says it will replace proposed double-digit fare hikes with a series of more modest increases.

Under the new plan, rail and bus fares will increase 4 percent at the beginning of each of the next three calendar years.

Officials say operating costs are up 12 percent since 2005 and the rate increase is necessary to avoid cutting service.

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