News Briefs: Transfer Station closed, Train fares to rise
Transfer Station closed
NEW CANAAN — The town’s transfer station will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Train fares to rise
NEW YORK — Riding a Metro-North train will cost more come Jan. 1 because of a 1 percent fare increase. It is the last of seven consecutive 1 percent increases that were previously authorized to pay for new M8 rail cars. The changes will affect ticket prices between stations in Connecticut and New York on the main New Haven line and branch lines. Rail fares have increased 17 percent over the past five years. The cost of a monthly pass between South Norwalk and Grand Central Terminal will go up $3 to $360, according to the railroad’s fare increase chart. A monthly pass from New Haven to GCT will go up $5 to $500. In November 2016, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved an order for at least 60 new M8 rail cars, including 10 bar cars. The popular bar cars last ran on the line in 2014. The order approved by MTA includes an option for an additional 34 cars. The cars are expected to enter service in 2019 and allow the railroad to bolster rush-hour trains, retire 36 older M2 cars and increase safety and flexibility, officials said. The cars will supplement the 405 M8 cars already in use on the New Haven line and New Canaan branch. Connecticut is paying 65 percent of the $308 million price tab and the MTA is paying 35 percent.
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