Be prepared to open up your wallets more in 2018.

Many Connecticut residents ride the rails for work and pleasure. You can expect to pay more soon. But at least the end of the rate hikes may be over for awhile. Here's why.

A recent release from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority ( MTA )  states the following:

A Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) fare increase of 1% goes into effect for stations on the Connecticut portion of the New Haven Line on January 1, 2018. This is the last of seven consecutive annual fare increases that were previously authorized to fund the purchase of M8 rail cars.

The one percent increase in ticket prices takes effect January first for all trains into Grand Central Station in New York City. The fare increase also affects trips between Connecticut stations and any in New York.

You can view all of the ticket price changes effect on January 1 of 2018 by going to

Some commuters that I've talked to really like the new, roomier M8 rail cars and were happy that the increase has been spread out.

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