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A series of public hearings will be held by the state Department of Transportation on a plan to hike rail fares by 10 percent and to boost bus fares by 25 cents.  The increases would take effect in July.  The dates, times, locations and number of hearings have not yet been released. 

 

Governor Malloy and DOT Commissioner James Redeker warned last month that the Special Transportation Fund is facing bankruptcy, in part because gas tax revenue has been dropping as a result of lower fuel prices and more efficient cars. 

 

The DOT proposal also calls for weekday off-peak service reductions on the Danbury branch, along with elimination of weekend service on the Danbury branch. 

 

Wilton Senator Toni Boucher says she will push for the hearings to be held across the state, and in the evenings.  She says the DOT needs to make itself available at times convenient for train commuters.  Boucher opposes the fare increases saying state officials have yet to prove that they're using the money they have wisely.

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