Public hearing in Bristol Tuesday on proposed bus fare increase

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will be holding a public hearing at Bristol City Hall, 111 North Main St., Bristol, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at noon regarding the proposed increase of city bus fares.
According to the DOT’s website, “The proposed bus fare increase of approximately 15 percent would take effect on or after Jan. 5, 2014. The proposed new bus fares would affect local bus systems serving the areas of Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, New Britain, Meriden, Bristol and Wallingford. ADA paratransit fares for these same areas would also be increased by approximately 15 percent, as would fares on express commuter bus services to the Hartford area and for the I-BUS Stamford to White Plains express. Combined, these bus systems serve over 32 million passengers per year.
The base local bus fare is proposed to go from $1.30 to $1.50. The senior and disabled fare would increase from $.65 to $.75, and the ADA paratransit fare would go from $2.60 to $3.00. The express bus and discounted multi-ride passes would also increase by a similar percentage.”