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Lavielle Wants Fare Hikes Spent on Rail System

WILTON, Conn. – State Rep. Gail Lavielle says she will introduce legislation to prevent revenue from train fare increases from being used on anything other than rail transit. 

Lavielle says the measure would ensure that the increased fare be returned to the Connecticut Department of Transportation New Haven line in order to keep the Metro-North budget balanced.

“Rail commuters, many of whom have no real alternative to taking the train to work, endure a great deal of inconvenience and discomfort,” Lavielle said in a release. “If they’re going to have to pay more, the very least they should expect is that the revenues from their fare increases be allocated to operating, maintaining, or improving the rail service they use.”

One-way peak fares from Wilton to Manhattan will increase from $13.50 to $14.25, and a monthly pass will increase from $284 to $308.

Lavielle plans to introduce the legislation during the 2012 regular session that begins Feb. 8. She expects that the bill will apply to “all scheduled mass transit fare increases” for bus and rail passengers.

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