CTDOT Announces Proposed Rail Service Cuts, Fare Increases

February 16th, 2018

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has recently announced a proposal that would eliminate off-peak and weekend service on Shore Line East, and make “significant” cuts to peak-period service on Shore Line East, effective on or about July 1, 2018. In addition, CTDOT has proposed “significant” service cuts to off-peak and weekend rail services on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch rail lines. CTDOT also announced it was considering a cumulative 21.28% increase in rail fares (which would take effect in three phases if approved – 10% on July 1, 2018, 5% on July 1, 2020, and 5% on July 1, 2021.)  CTDOT announced that residents can comment on the proposed changes by sending a letter to “Comment on Proposed Fare and Service Changes,” CTDOT, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131; by sending an email to dot.farecomments@ct.gov; or by attending one of seven public hearings being held in the region – including a public hearing in New London on February 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click here for more details.