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Malloy's Budget Plan Calls for 15% Metro-North Fare Hike

The increase would be the first on the New Haven Line since 2005.

Deep inside a sweeping balanced budget proposal unveiled Friday by Gov. Dannel Malloy is some potentially unwelcome news for area commuters: a fare hike.

The proposal, which is subject to approval by the Connecticut General Assembly, would raise Metro-North fares on the Connecticut section of the New Haven Line by 15 percent.

Between that increase and a 14 percent hike proposed for Shoreline East, the plan estimates savings of $14,954,666 for FY 2012 and $22,709,500 for FY 2013.

Neither set of fares has been raised since 2005, the proposal notes.

Jim Cameron, chairman of the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council, said Friday that he hopes the hike "is really being used as leverage to try and get the unions back at the table to agree on concessions."

"This is not the first time that Gov. Malloy or before him Gov. [M. Jodi] Rell have cried fire in a crowded theater and tried to get the commuters to grab the extinguishers," Cameron said. "So I'm not worried that this 15 percent fare increase would go through at this point."

According to Cameron, any fare increase would be subject to a public hearing process, which would take a minimum of 90 days.

Full disclosure: Cameron writes a weekly column for Patch.

max July 17, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Privatization always leads to higher prices for consumers. Always.
William sherman August 24, 2011 at 05:46 PM
CT is already being tagged by the media as one of the only states to raise taxes and is not a business friendly state.That is a fact. Yes the Kawasaki cars are late, but again it is manufacturing done in another country. On the other hand, what company would , if they could, want to build the cars in CT and pay the excessive union costs.Probably the only thing we are making in CT are the exit signs. Also I am sure the "reported" 20 million in tax breaks that we paid to keep UBS will come out of our pockets.That amount didn't do anything to help UBS employees. On top of that the Times reported today that UBS will be cutting jobs anyway! The reverse commuters (NY to Stamford) will be paying higher fares and already are paying higher CT income taxes because they earn money, but do they spend here? Malloy and your fellow democratic legislators, wake up. You are sinking the ship.
Jim Cameron August 24, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Walter... All but 36 of the 405 car order for new M8s will be built in Lincoln Nebraska. Everybody was welcome to bid on those cars (including CT companies) but only Bombardier and Kawasaki did so.
sebastian dangerfield August 25, 2011 at 02:38 AM
"will be built". 1) How many Ct companies would be qualified to build a train car. 2) I think in 2002 these cars were intended to be on the tracks by 2008. IN 2005 it became 2009. In 2009 I think it became 2011. In august 2011 they are being built. Speaking of Democrats--this is why they want bigger government. So incredibly efficient. And with respect to Malloyand the 20 mio dollar tax incentive.....where are the Democrats now talking about "tax breaks for the rich bankers?" Are these tax breaks only anathema when doled out by Republicans? Im thinking that we wont hear any objection. It's a strange country we live in. Guantanamo was a problem --until Obama said it was ok. Wars were wrong--until Obama enlisted our military without congressional approval to engage Libya. For that matter, integrity and following rules (phone taps for example) were categorically wrong, until Obama skirted congress, and heightened his ability to ...tap phones. Here we have tax breaks for 'the rich." Who is the first Democrat to register some outrage? Anyone?? Is it ever the issue? Or is it just a cheerleading squad?
William sherman August 26, 2011 at 10:17 PM
I don't know who Cameron is, but CT used to build WW2 airplanes, make guns, and was known as a manufacturing state. It would seem with this type of history, they could get some investment to build a train car! Obviously however, as I noted before, the cost, and then the skills to do that have left the state over the years. So now we are left with an over taxed public, because in part we do not make anything. We do however support a rather large unionized public service work force, who probably leave the state when they get their pensions. It really is a sad situation when this great state has become known as a very expensive place to live, and not business friendly. We need to do more with less so we don't have to scare away companies and potential residents because of our cost of living. Speaking of living, don't die here, it will cost your family their inheritance.If you have anything left to leave !

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