Column: Metro North’s Huge Price Increase Stems from Malloy


courtesy: CTNewsJunkieBy Christine Stuart
Services won’t be cut, but Connecticut commuters will see the first in a series of fare hikes Jan. 1 that will increase fares by more than 12 percent over the next three years under a plan announced Friday by the Department of Transportation.

CTTransit bus passengers are facing a 12 percent hike over …continue reading at CTNewsJunkie…

Column: Metro North’s Huge Price Increase Stems from Malloy
By Jim Cameron
If a mugger came up to you on the street and said “I’m going to poke your eyes out!”, but then he only kicked you in the groin, would you think better of him?

That’s what Metro-North commuters are asking themselves now that CDOT has decided on 15.25% fare hike spread over the next three years instead of the 16.4% hike first proposed. Are we supposed to be grateful?

To their credit, CDOT held eight public hearings around the state to gauge commuter response to their plan. Hundreds turned out, 99% of them saying there was no justification for a fare increase in light of worsening service. But having asked the public for their views, the CDOT chose to ignore them.

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