Staneski, Ferraro circulate petition to oppose train fare hike

State Reps. Pam Staneski (R-119) and Charles Ferraro (R-117) along with other regional legislators, are starting a petition to stop the proposed 5% Metro-North rail fare hike.

The petition requests that the fare increase that would hit all parts of the Metro-North New Haven rail line be halted and instead other savings be found in the state budget.

One example of savings, according to Reps. Staneski and Ferraro, would be to eliminate the admissions tax exemptions for venues including the XL Center, Webster Bank Arena and Harbor Yard, which they said would equal the amount projected to be raised from the fare hike.

Staneski and Ferraro plan to board Metro North stations to collect signatures from area train commuters. The petitions will be presented by the legislators to the Department of Transportation at their agency fare increase public hearings in New Haven and Stamford.

Members of the public can fill out the online petition at

The two public hearings closest to Metro North commuters in Fairfield County are:

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 4 to 9 p.m. in Stamford, at the Stamford Campus Auditorium, One University Place.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 4 to 9 p.m., in New Haven at the New Haven Hall of Records, Room G-2

200 Orange Street.