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NJ Transit fares going up 9 percent, but some say it could be worse

NJ Transit fares going up 9 percent, but some say it could be worse

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As commuters in New Jersey prepare for rail and bus fare increases to be approved this week, the spotlight again has shifted to why the state's transportation agency has had to dip into bus and rail riders' pockets for the fifth time since 2002. New Jersey Transit has said the increases, which average 9 percent, are needed to fill a $60 million budget gap that persisted even after the agency managed to cut $40 million internally. Lawmakers, predictably, have offered contrasting theories for what is to blame. Democrats fault Gov. Chris Christie for not coming up with a new revenue source for the state's $1.6 billion Transportation Trust Fund....

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