Conn. Commuters Blast Proposed Fare Increases

Posted by jcashman

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Commuters are blasting proposed rail and bus fare increases in Connecticut, saying the extra revenue would be used to balance the state budget instead of pay for needed infrastructure improvements.

About a dozen commuters and elected officials criticized the proposed Metro-North and Connecticut Transit fare increases on Tuesday night at a public hearing put on by state transportation officials.

The increases are part of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget-balancing plan. Fares on Metro-North’s New Haven Line and Shoreline East would increase 16.4 percent Nov. 1, while bus fares would go up 10 percent. Four more hearings are planned, including one in New Haven Wednesday.

State Rep. Gail Lavielle said she thinks it’s unreasonable to ask people to pay increased fares when infrastructure conditions are unacceptable.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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