FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Here's the bad news: For the seventh year in a row, train riders on Metro-North in Connecticut are looking at a 1 percent hike in fares.
Here's the good news: It's the last in this series of fare hikes.
The seven consecutive annual increases were requested by the Connecticut Department of Transportation to help pay for the (now-not-so) new M-8 train cars used on the New Haven Line.
Here's how the fare hike will affect Connecticut commuters:
The CTDOT fare increase of 1 percent goes into effect for stations on the Connecticut portion of the New Haven Line on Jan. 1.
The changes will affect ticket prices for travel between stations within Connecticut and between Connecticut and New York stations. The price increase also affects the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury Branches.
But the fare increase does NOT affect travel to/from stations within New York State.
For sample fares, see the links below:
- Connecticut Station New Haven Line Station Fares to/from Grand Central
- New Haven Line Connecticut Intermediate Fares to Greenwich and to Stamford
- Complete Fares & Ticket Information.
Another rate hike took effect a year ago, when the CTDOT increased fares an additional 5 percent to cover $37 million in state budget cuts by the state.
In all, train fares have increased 17 percent over the last five years for riders in Connecticut.
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