Public Hearings On Bus And Rail Fare Increases

February 1, 2018

According to the CTDOT’s Press Release:

If approved, a rail fare increase would take effect in three phases – 10 percent on July 1, 2018, 5 percent on July 1, 2020, and 5 percent on July 1, 2021, for a cumulative total of 21.28 percent. A 14.3 percent, or 25-cent, bus fare increase would take effect on July 1, 2018. Rail service reductions would also take effect on or about July 1, 2018; no bus service changes are proposed at this time. A $1 increase in the car fare for the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury and Chester-Hadlyme ferries is also proposed, for which public information meetings will be held.

The rail service proposals include significant reductions to rail services on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines on the New Haven Line, and on Shore Line East. The main line New Haven Line service would largely remain unchanged.

At these hearings, CTDOT will provide information and accept public comments about the fare and service proposals and the Service and Fare Equity Analysis (SAFE). The SAFE process evaluates the proposed changes to determine if they will cause a disparate impact on minority populations or a disproportionate burden to low income populations. The SAFE analysis and additional details on the fares and service cuts will be published at www.ct.gov/dot/farecomments as they become available.

Please review the list of public hearings and come to one and speak out against fare hikes.

The following is the schedule of public hearings.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – 5 pm to 8 pm

NEW HAVEN
New Haven Hall of Records, Room G-2
200 Orange Street
New Haven, CT
(Snow date: Monday, March 5, 2018 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 5 pm to 8 pm

WATERBURY
Waterbury City Hall
235 Grand Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
(Snow date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)


Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm

HARTFORD
Capital Community College
950 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(Snow dates: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, or Wednesday, March. 7, 2018- 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Hartford Public Library, Center for Contemporary Culture
500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103)


Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 5 pm to 8 pm 

STAMFORD
UCONN Stamford Campus Auditorium
One University Place
Stamford, CT 06904
(Snow date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)


Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 5 pm to 8 pm

NEW LONDON
New London City Hall
Council Chambers
181 State Street
New London, CT 06320
(Snow date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)


Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm

SPRINGFIELD
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
60 Congress Street
Springfield MA 01104
(Snow date: Monday, March 5, 2018 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm)


Monday, March 5, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm

NEW BRITAIN
New Britain Police Department Community Room
10 Chestnut Street
New Britain, CT 06051
(Snow date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm


The following is the schedule of informational meetings for Connecticut River ferry services.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm

ROCKY HILL (Ferries only)
Rocky Hill Town Hall
761 Old Main Street
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(Snow date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm)


Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 4 pm to 7 pm

CHESTER (Ferries only)
Chester Town Hall
Conference Room
203 Middlesex Avenue
Chester, CT 06412
(Snow date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm)