Rep. Mike Bocchino (R-Greenwich) spoke in opposition to proposed bus and rail fare increases during a DOT hearing at the UCONN Stamford Auditorium on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Noting that commuters would be paying more for less, Rep. Bocchino believes that Metro North and bus customers have already been asked to pay enough.
If approved, rail fare would increase by 10% on July 1, 2018, 5% on July 1, 2020, and 5% on July 1, 2021. Additionally, bus fare would increase by 14.3% ($0.25) on July 1, 2018. While no bus service changes have been proposed, rail service reductions would take effect in July of 2018.
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.
Rep. Bocchino encourages concerned residents who could not attend to instead provide verbal or written comment. Comments can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org through March 9, 2018.