Transportation officials plan fare hikes, cuts in service

Published on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:19
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NEW HAVEN - 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.

A DOT spokesman says 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.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, State on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:19. Updated: Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:22.