First of 6 hearings to be held on proposed bus/train fare increases

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WETHERSFIELD — 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.