Bill may reverse NJ Transit fare hikes, service cuts

A bill proposed yesterday by Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, both D-N.J., could reverse the fare hikes and service cuts recently put in place by New Jersey Transit.

The bill, part of a larger $2 billion bill, would authorize emergency funding for transit agencies nationwide.

On May 1, NJ Transit instituted fare hikes of 25 percent for train and interstate bus riders and 10 percent for light rail and local bus riders. Earlier this week, further cuts forced 31 trains out of service. The agency also eliminated discounts for round trips outside of peak riding hours.

The cuts and fare hikes were aimed at bridging a $300 million budget gap.

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