Metro-North fare hike goes into effect Thursday

The 5% rail rate increase proposed by the state over the summer goes into effect Thursday, Dec. 1

The increase includes all parts of the Metro-North New Haven commuter line, including the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branches and Shoreline east. On the New Haven line, it would be combined with the 1% increase already scheduled for January, making the increase 6%.

As of Wednesday, Nov. 30, a monthly commuting ticket to Grand Central from Milford costs $420.00. As of Thursday, Dec. 1, it goes up to $445.00. A one-way peak trip to Grand Central currently costs Milford residents $19.75 if bought at the station. As of tomorrow, that will be a $21 trip.

The rate increases are part of the plan to implement the new fiscal year’s budget that began July 1, which will include both expenditure reductions across the Department’s budget and increased rail and bus fares that will collectively balance the Department of Transportation budget while preserving service, according to a press release from the state.

According to the state, the increase in fare would generate about $5.9 million in revenue. The plan also calls for closing what the state called under-used ticket windows in Greenwich, South Norwalk and Bridgeport.

The plan also calls for decreased highway and bridge maintenance and reduction of staffed hours at seven highway rest areas, which would be closed overnight with allowance for truck parking.

According to the state press release, state Department of Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker said “the proposal is a responsible plan that ensures a balanced budget in this fiscal year and positions CTDOT for the new economic realities that will be faced in the upcoming biennial budget.”