Stop the fare increase and service reduction on Metro-North in CT !

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 I call for all CT Metro-North rail increases to be immediately halted and all service reinstated by the CT legislature.

The rail fares have gone up 23 percent and now the Governor wants to raise them another 21 percent.

The CT Legislature are the only ones with the power to stop this reckless increase  from the Governors office by writing immediate legislation for all rail increases approved by the legislature.

Some members in our backyard have even stated that the solution is to tax other modes of transportation to pay for the gap of funding. They is a lie. There are several other areas they can get the funding both publiclly and privately, but taxing is the easy way out. 

This thinking must get cleared out in November!

We continue to lose more people and business than any other state, this is the time to recruit and retain, people and business, not drive them further away. 

This only happens when we have a monopoly in Metro-North and the decision making is controlled by one person, the Governor.

We live in a democracy and the legislature has the ability to help the state and its people.

Even the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation James Redeker at the recent Connecticut Department of Transportation public forum on February 28th, at the University of Connecticut-Stamford publicly stated, "This is not my plan, so don't blame me."

Since, this appears to be coming from ONE person, we need to act now. 

I have had hundreds of constituents email and call me expressing their concern regarding this matter.

The fare is already high, and this is the tipping point for riders.

Without a long-term vision or strategy, this seems misguided and an anti-growth policy which is the opposite strategy that we need now.

It is now abundantly clear that we need to have all rail increases approved by the legislature.

Please help. Elections are in November.  

Greg Kraut

Westport RTM

kraut for ct!

D) 203-557-0995

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