CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT, 06131-7456
|FOR RELEASE: December 13, 2012||
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
TELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062
FAX: (860) 594-3065
WEB SITE: www.ct.gov/dot
Modest Rail Fare Increase
Will Take Effect January 1, 2013
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) reminds passengers that the second of three modest fare increases will go into effect on January 1, 2013. Monthly tickets on sale for January will reflect the new fares. The new fares will take effect on Shore Line East and New Haven Line rail services. There will be no fare increase on bus services.
“This modest fare increase is the second in eight years,” stated DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “During that time, operating expenses grew by 12 percent due to inflation. While it is never easy to raise fares in economic times such as these, the alternative – a reduction in service – would have been more difficult for Connecticut commuters.”
The series of three rail fare increases began on January 1, 2012. Rail fares were set to increase by about four percent at the beginning of 2012, 2013 and 2014. As part of legislation enacted to have passengers help contribute toward the new M-8 rail cars entering into active service, rail fares will increase an additional 1.00 to 1.25 percent on top of the four percent base fare increase – a compounded average increase of 5.04% for January 1, 2013, across rail fare types.
Commissioner Redeker stated, “The new fare structure is reasonable and will more evenly share operating costs between our passengers and taxpayers. We are also pleased that we were able to come up with this alternative to much more aggressive fare increases or service reductions.”
For New Haven Line and branch lines, please visit:http://mta.info/mnr/html/fares.htm
For rail fare information on Shore Line East, please visit: http://www.shorelineeast.com/fares_passes/fares.php
Fares on the New Haven Line cover approximately 70 percent of the cost to operate the service between New Haven and New York City. The balance, known as the rail subsidy, is split between Connecticut and New York, 65 percent and 35 percent respectively.