New Jersey Transit, facing a $60 million budget deficit for FY2016 (stemming from an overall transportation funding crisis in the state), recently announced a proposed 9 percent fare hike, and the anger is far-reaching. New Jersey Transit riders pay some of the highest fares in the nation. The last fare hike was in 2010 where riders were hit with an historically high 22 percent increase. Meanwhile, New Jersey’s gas tax remains the second lowest in the country at 14.5 cents per gallon, and has not been raised since 1988. As if that wasn’t enough, the proposed fare hike is coupled with a number of service cuts. If approved at the July 8 NJ Transit Board meeting, the fare increase and service changes would take effect on October 1, 2015.
NJTransit will hold nine public hearings in addition to a public information session starting this Saturday, May 16, and attendees may testify on these proposed changes at all ten sessions. Don’t miss your chance to make your voice heard!
If you can’t make it to testify in person, you may submit comments via mail to: PUBLIC HEARING OFFICE – FARE PROPOSAL COMMENTS, ONE PENN PLAZA EAST, NEWARK, NJ 07105; online at www.njtransit.com, or dropped off at Customer Service Offices. The online public comment period will be extended until 11:59 p.m., Thursday, May 21.