BLUMENTHAL STATEMENT OPPOSING POTENTIAL NEW MTA FARE HIKES ON CONNECTICUT COMMUTERS

(Hartford, CT) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today released the following statement after reports the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will seek a fare increase from Connecticut commuters:

“I join Governor Malloy in strongly urging that there be no new fare increase, which would be both anti-consumer and anti-commuter – and harmful to economic growth and ultimately the railroad itself. A new fare increase would be unfair and unnecessary, and better measures are available to fund safety and reliability upgrades and improvements. For Connecticut commuters to bear the brunt of subsidizing and providing service for out-of-state railroad and transit users on the busiest transportation corridor in the United States is profoundly unjust and unwarranted. I will continue to fight for increased federal funding to fill financial gaps and needs in our nation’s railroads.”