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Fairfield Rep. Fawcett Calls Proposed Metro-North Fare Hike 'Outrageous'

Rep. Kim Fawcett voiced her opposition to proposed fare hikes on Metro-North.
Rep. Kim Fawcett voiced her opposition to proposed fare hikes on Metro-North. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield Rep.  Kim Fawcett, a candidate for state Senate District 28, has joined Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in opposing proposed fare hikes for Metro-North.

"It is absolutely outrageous that Metro-North may ask for yet another fare increase," Fawcett said in a statement. "Fares have risen significantly in each of the last three years, even as commuters from our region continue to endure glaring rail failures on a regular basis. These problems cause immeasurable stress, forcing people to arrive at work late, to miss appointments and to lose time with their families. This is unacceptable."

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently submitted a financial plan to the Connecticut Department of Transportation citing a 57 percent jump in costs to run Metro-North's New Haven Line in 2014 due to anticipated retroactive wage increases and expenditures for safety improvements.

The plan indicates that fare increases will likely be necessary in 2015 to cover the additional costs.

Fawcett participated in a conference call recently with Jim Cameron, a member of the Connecticut Commuter Rail Council and longtime commuter advocate, and other legislators to discuss the MTA's proposal.

One of the issues discussed was the need for Fairfield County legislators on both sides of the aisle to come together to form a Transportation Investment Caucus in the state legislature in 2015.

"Forming a caucus would organize lawmakers' voices into a block and elevate their influence on this key issue for our region," Fawcett said in a statement.

Fawcett, a Democrat, is running against Tony Hwang, a Republican state representative who is also from Fairfield, for the 28th District Senate Seat. Minority Leader John McKinney is not running for re-election to the seat.

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