Gov. Malloy agrees no changes to rail fares, schedules

Gov. Dannel Malloy agreed that train fares and service in New Canaan will not change at least for the next year.

New Canaan: Gov. Malloy agrees that rail fares, and schedules will not change at least for the next year.

Based on the budget package that passed the Legislature, the governor dropped his threats to cut rail line/bus services and raise commuter fares, State Rep. Fred Wilms said in an email, thanking those who attended the town hall events and transportation forums.

In February, seven public hearings in Connecticut, one in Stamford, were held by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to gather input on proposed bus and rail fare increases and service reductions.

“Your voices made a difference,” Wilms wrote.

In his email to constituents, State Rep. Tom O’Dea, who represents the 125th District which includes New Canaan, called it “another win for Connecticut’s commuters and residents of Fairfield County.”

“After the passage of the compromise budget adjustment last week, which I worked on and supported, Gov. Malloy has backed off his threat to increase bus and rail fares, as well as his proposed service reductions,” O’Dea said in his message.

“After extensive negotiation, the transportation portion of the budget fully funded the Special Transportation Fund resulting in surpluses in the fund in each of the next five years, allowing us to invest in infrastructure without any tax increases,” he continued.

“As a member of the Transportation Committee and Deputy Caucus Leader, I led the way in having DOT Commissioner Redeker come to New Canaan, Wilton and throughout Fairfield County to hear from our residents about the impact the proposed fare increases and reductions in service would have had in this part of the state.”

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