I joined many of my fellow legislators and several concerned residents at the DOT hearing in Stamford on February 27. The DOT has proposed significant rail and bus fare increases over the next few years, which will create a huge burden for commuters.
In addition to the rate hikes, rail service reductions have been proposed, meaning that Metro North customers will be paying more for less.
The fare increases and service reductions are the result of budget shortfalls in the transit and rail accounts, which stem from years of borrowing from the Special Transportation Fund.
Commuters should not be punished for Hartford’s fiscal management. I testified during the hearing against these hikes, and will continue to fight against them.