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9 Town Transit Seeks Help Preventing Funding Cuts

Submitted by Joseph Comerford, Executive Director, Estuary Transit District.

 

For decades, transportation programs in Connecticut have been funded by a tax on gasoline and diesel fuels that go into the Special Transportation Fund.  The 25 cent gas tax has not changed since 2000, while vehicles have become more fuel efficient, all resulting in a decrease in revenues.

Without action from the legislature, the Connecticut Department of Transportation warns that there will not be enough funding coming into the Special Transportation Fund to cover the expenses of the state’s transportation system.  As a result, 9 Town Transit would see a 15% reduction in funding in 2018 and a 50% reduction of funding in 2019.

9 Town Transit is warning that a 15% reduction of state funding beginning July 1, 2018 would result in changes such as fare increases, elimination or reduction of bus routes and reduced Dial-A-Ride service.  A 50% reduction of state funding beginning July 1, 2019 would result in changes such as additional fare increases, elimination of most bus routes, elimination of Saturday service and elimination of Dial-A-Ride service.

These changes would have a significant impact on the more than 100,000 trips made each year on these services.  Hundreds of area residents would be stranded, and unable to get to work, school and medical appointments.

9 Town Transit is asking transit users and supporters to let their state representative and senator know how important 9 Town Transit, Shoreline East or other public transit services are to them.  More information about the possible service reductions and ways to help prevent the funding cuts can be found at www.9towntransit.com/fundtransit.