CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT, 06131-7456
|FOR RELEASE: September 30, 2011||
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TELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062
FAX: (860) 594-3065
WEB SITE: www.ct.gov/dot
“We held hearings around the state and listened carefully to our customers who consistently said that reductions in service would be an unfair hardship,” said DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “Furthermore, they made it clear that anything beyond a modest fare hike was unacceptable. We have responded to our customers and, I believe, have come up with a reasonable fare structure that will more evenly share rail and bus operating costs between riders and taxpayers over the next three years.
“We have held the line on fare increases since January 1, 2005,” Commissioner Redeker said. “During that time, however, operating expenses grew by 12 percent due to inflation. I believe it is now reasonable to impose some modest increases. I also believe it is the right thing to do to begin offering discount bus passes to our deserving senior and disabled riders.”
After first proposing a 16.4 percent rail fare increase and a 10 percent bus fare increase, the DOT is now calling for far more modest increases. Under the department’s plan, rail and bus (including
The DOT, which oversees the state’s rail and bus services, held seven hearings over the summer on possible fare increases – including 16.4 percent for the New Haven Line and Shore Line East, and 10 percent for CTTransit, the bus service. Those percentages, as well as some service reductions, were proposed before an agreement on the state budget was reached.
“While operating costs continue to go up, now that state budget issues have been resolved, we can live with something less from the fare box,” Commissioner Redeker said. “I am also pleased that we will not have to reduce any service.”
Commissioner Redeker said his strategy is to more fairly distribute the cost of covering operating expenses between riders and non-riding
The state has ordered 405 of the new M-8 rail cars for use on the New Haven Line – all of which should be delivered by 2014 – at a cost of $1.1 billion (with Connecticut’s share being $746 million). New Haven Line service is operated by Metro-North Railroad under a contract with the DOT. Currently, there are more than 130 trains with M-8 cars operating each week.
Commissioner Redeker also announced that a task force has been formed to examine the operations of the state’s two
- New Haven Line (to and from Manhattan)
Fares on the New Haven Line cover approximately 70 percent of the cost to operate the service between
Fares on the CTTransit local and commuter express bus services cover about 25 percent of the total of approximately $175 million in overall bus operating expenses. Fares on the CTTransit ADA paratransit system cover about 6 percent of the approximately $30 million of overall paratransit operating expenses.