TRENTON – New Jersey Transit commuters could be paying an average of 9 percent more, starting Oct. 1.NJ Transit announced a proposed fare hike Monday. It is also proposing to end two late-night trains out of Hoboken end in September and make cuts to six bus routes, including routes running to Great Adventure from Freehold and Philadelphia.MORE: Background on the planned fare hikesFares would go up across all rail, bus and light-rail lines, by roughly 9 percent but varying slightly. A monthly rail pass between Metropark and Penn Station New York would go from $284 to $310, up 9.2 percent. A monthly bus pass from Lakewood to the Port Authority Bus Terminal would go from $411 to $448, up 9 percent. A monthly light-rail pass from Camden to Trenton would go from $50 to $54, up 8 percent.Single round-trips for those same three examples would see slightly smaller increases: $1.50, or 7.5 percent, from Metropark, $3, or 8.6 percent, from Lakewood; and 20 cents, or 6.7 percent, from Camden.Click here for links to all the proposed fare increases.The fare hikes is scheduled to be considered by NJ Transit’s board on July 8.NJ Transit will hold nine public hearings on the proposed changes between May 18 and 21, as well as an information session on Saturday, May 16, at the New Brunswick Public Library. The public hearings, which will be conducted from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., include sessions in Freehold on May 18, Camden on May 19 and Morristown on May 21.Click here for a full schedule of public hearings.Two after-midnight trains out of Hoboken would be eliminated — the 12:32 a.m. departure on the Montclair-Boonton Line and the 12:45 a.m. departure on the Pascack Valley Line.Service would be discontinued on two bus lines to Great Adventure, the 307 bus from Freehold and the 318 bus from Philadelphia, as well as on the 655 bus between Princeton and Plainsboro. The last trip of the day would be eliminated on the 463 bus route between Woodbury and the Avandale Park-Ride and service between Riverside and Burlington City on the 419 route and Mack-Cali in Parsippany and the Livingston Mall on the 872 route.NJ Transit says the fare hikes and service cuts are needed to close a $60 million budget shortfall.Michael Symons: (609) 984-4336; firstname.lastname@example.org
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