Prieto rips NJ Transit fare hike: ‘I’m stunned at the lack of regard for NJ commuters’

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Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) ripped NJ Transit after their board formally approved a nine percent fare hike, as well as service cuts, at a meeting this morning. 

Vincent Prieto

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I’m stunned at the lack of regard for New Jersey commuters. This is a tax increase laid squarely upon the backs of working class residents who have been slammed time and time again by this administration,” Prieto said in a statement. “To make matters worse, this does nothing to solve New Jersey’s transportation crisis.”

“This increase and the service cuts will be devastating to New Jersey families. NJ Transit should have found ways to cut costs and find efficiencies rather than once again putting the burden on working people and making it even more difficult for them to get to work.”

At a fundraiser in May, Prieto spoke out about the then-potential tax increase, noting that NJ Transit signed off on a 22 percent fare hike increase five years ago: the largest of its kind in New Jersey history.

Prieto concludes by stating he is “deeply disappointed in this decision that will hurt New Jersey’s economy,” which is why NJ Transit should consider reversing their decision.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has also spoken out on the subject, helping organize a protest in Glen Rock (per Politicker NJ) as recently as two weeks ago.

Additionally, the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously approved a resolution at last evening’s caucus meeting opposing the looming tax fare hike.