Sen. Art Linares Rips Ferry Fare Hike Plan; Says Residents Don’t Want It

May 9, 2013

Sen. Art Linares on Thursday issued a strongly worded letter to the Connecticut Department of Transportation opposing the state’s plan to double fares on the Chester-Hadlyme Connecticut River ferry.

“This unfair fare hike would act as a new and higher tax on the families I represent,” Sen. Linares said in the May 9 letter. “For local residents, the 100 percent increase in fares would discourage ridership while raising the cost of living and doing business.”

Linares also noted that the state’s plan would have a negative impact on tourism in the region.

“Rather than doubling ferry fares,” Linares wrote, “I urge you to revise your plan and instead find additional budget savings within your department. The residents and businesses I represent just endured the largest tax hike in state history. They do not want additional taxes, fees or fares in any way, shape or form. They want their state government to find efficiencies and to cut costs.”

DOT plans to hold a hearing on the fare increase proposal May 22 at the Chester Meeting House at 6:30 p.m.

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