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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Rell: $1 Rail Fare Surcharged Dropped

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that today’s agreement on a bonding bill means the $1 surcharge approved by the legislature two years ago as part of the governor’s $1.3 billion transportation package will be scrapped in favor of an alternative developed by legislators earlier this year at her request.

“Today’s bonding agreement means that the surcharge will be eliminated in favor of a more equitable system,” Rell said in a statement.

“The surcharge would have been burdensome for some intrastate commuters, particularly those who only ride between one or two stations and I am pleased that the alternative will now replace the surcharge.”

The surcharge was intended to help pay for Rell’s 2005 Transportation Initiative, which included about 340 new cars for Metro-North’s New Haven Line. The governor’s plan also provided new commuter buses and hundreds of millions of dollars for improvements on all of the state’s highway.

The original surcharge would have added $1 to every daily train ticket, $10 to weekly passes and $40 to monthly passes, regardless of how far the passenger were to travel. The surcharge was slated to go into effect Jan. 1 and would have raised $20 million a year over seven years to help pay for new cars for the New Haven Line.

In March, the governor asked legislators to design an alternative to the surcharge that would be more equitable to commuters. In place of the surcharge, fares will now increase 1 percent starting in 2010, when the first of at least 340 rail cars to replace the New Haven Line rail fleet is delivered to the state. Fares will then continue to increase 1 percent per year for seven years.

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Posted 10/30/07 at 06:17 PM  Permalink



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That’s more like it.
Southern CT commuters have been
paying the highest fares in the country and the service and infrastructure is deplorable.
NEW CARS !!!
NEW CARS !!!
NEW CARS !!!
NEW CARS !!!
NEW CARS !!!
NEW CARS !!!
NEW CARS !!!
NEW CARS !!!
NEW CARS !!!
NEW CARS !!!
NEW CARS !!!

Posted by robert matelot on October 31, 2007 at 04:26 AM | #