STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A fare hike in Connecticut on Metro North’s New Haven line takes effect Jan. 1 and many commuters aren’t happy about the increase.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

The increase will boost ticket prices by over 19 percent over six years, but Gov. Dan Malloy wants passenger to understand the money will go to critical upgrades to the railroad’s infrastructure.

“I thought taking a multi-year approach was the best way to do it, have people know what’s coming,” he said. “You look at the cost of gasoline and the alternative, this is a great bargain.”

Malloy says if commuters want a rail system they can depend on, a toll hike is needed.

For more information about the New Haven line fare increase, click here.

Tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are also slated to go up starting Jan. 1.

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