(Newington, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – Get ready to shell out more money if you ride Connecticut’s rail and bus systems.

The state Department of Transportation is announcing, effective December, the cost to ride the trains will increase by 6-percent.  Included in that is a previously approved one-percent rate increase.

Along the bus lines, the increase on CTtransit is 25-cents or 16.7-percent one way.

DOT Commissioner Jim Redeker says in looking to meet budget requirements, the primary goal was to maintain existing service, adding that despite the increases, they’re still able to meet that goal.

The news comes on the heels of a half dozen public hearings held statewide in which about 400 people commented.

Redeker points out that while there was some opposition to the fare hikes, no one wanted services cuts, either.

Rail fare increases on tickets for travel to and from stations in Connecticut along the Metro North New Haven Line and Shore Line East take effect December 1.

Eight CTtransit bus service areas–Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, Bristol, New Britain, Stamford, Wallingford and Meriden, as well as CTfastrak–will see increases as of December 4.


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