Governor Dannel Malloy and Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker announced Thursday that previously planned bus and train fare increases and service reductions that had been scheduled to take effect on July 1 have been canceled.
Canceling the fare increases and service reductions stemmed from the signing of a state budget adjustment bill earlier this week.
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Governor Malloy said Connecticut commuters that rely on public transit need this break.
“My administration worked tirelessly this legislative session to ensure adequate funding to keep the Special Transportation Fund solvent in the short-term. I am relieved that we were able to avoid drastic fare increases and disruptive service reductions. This is welcome news to the thousands of Connecticut commuters who utilize our buses and trains every day. That said, if we want to make the necessary investments to keep our transportation infrastructure in a state of good repair in future years, the state will need to find new, long-term funding sources to replace dwindling gas tax revenues. This should not be seen as optional – it’s critical to Connecticut’s future.”
Commissioner Redeker said that while he was pleased to make this announcement, it is only for the short term.
“This is great news for Connecticut commuters and I commend the General Assembly for passing a budget that maintains full funding for public transportation and the Department of Transportation in general – at least in the near term,”
Before this morning’s announcement, commuters were looking at a possible 10-percent fare increase for rail commuters, 14-percent increase for bus riders, and service reductions on both rail lines and transit districts.
According to a news release from the Governor’s office, the budget passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Malloy accelerated the transfer of motor vehicle sales tax revenues from the General Fund to the Special Transportation Fund beginning this year, stabilizing the Special Transportation Fund in the short-term.