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First of 6 hearings to be held on proposed fare increases

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The first of six public hearings on planned rail and bus fare increases will be held in Old Saybrook. (WFSB File Photo) The first of six public hearings on planned rail and bus fare increases will be held in Old Saybrook. (WFSB File Photo)
WETHERSFIELD, CT (AP) -

The first of six public hearings on planned rail and bus fare increases will be held in Old Saybrook.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is proposing a 5 percent fare increase on the New Haven commuter rail line, including the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branches and Shore Line East. It would take effect Dec. 1, generating $5.9 million to help cover budget cuts.

Thursday's meeting will be held at Old Saybrook Town Hall from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and later from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Additional hearings are planned in Hartford on Sept. 7, Meriden and Waterbury on Sept. 13, Stamford on Sept. 14 and New Haven on Sept. 15.

DOT is also considering a 25-cent increase in the standard one-way fare on state-wide CTtransit bus services.

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