NJ Panel Clears Bill Rescinding Rail Fare Hikes

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

A measure calling on New Jersey Transit to rescind fare increases on some rail lines on Monday cleared an Assembly transportation panel.

But the agency says the fare increase was actually the result of a hike at some stations serving New York — where fares are determined by Metro-North. An agreement intended to keep ticket prices consistent with distance traveled shows NJ Transit’s fares rise when Metro-North’s go up.

The bill rescinding fare increases on the Main, Bergen and Pascack Valley commuter rail lines started March 1. The measure highlighted daily fares that went up to 75 cents and monthly passes that increased up to $23.