State transportation officials plan fare hikes, cuts in service

<p>The Connecticut Department of Transportation is proposing fare increases on rail and bus lines along with cuts in service, a plan some residents say will make public transportation worse.</p>

News 12 Staff

Feb 21, 2018, 2:42 PM

Updated 2,279 days ago

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State transportation officials plan fare hikes, cuts in service
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is proposing fare increases on rail and bus lines along with cuts in service, a plan some residents say will make public transportation worse.
The department presented its plan during a public hearing in New Haven Tuesday.
Rail fares would increase in three phases, starting with a 10 percent increase in July.
Bus fares would increase by 25 cents, and fares for two ferries would go up by $1.
Service cuts may include weekend service on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury lines as well as reduced weekday off-peak service.
According to a DOT spokesman, the changes are needed because of a budget shortfall in the state's Special Transportation Fund.
The spokesman says the changes could be avoided if the General Assembly takes action.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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