Stamford resident Yazmin says she commutes on the city bus.
But now Yazmin and other bus riders may have to pay 20 cents more to get around. Instead of paying $1.30 one way, the state Department of Transportation is proposing $1.50.
"A dollar-fifty, yeah that's too much," said Willie Mae, who rides the bus in Stamford. "Leave it a-dollar-thirty. I mean it's hard, it's hard out here."
"It's hard. People don't have jobs and one-thirty is more than enough," said Yazmin.
"You can't expect people to come in and say, 'gee, we love paying more for it,'" said Richard Gray, DOT transportation supervising planner.
But DOT Transportation Supervising Planner Richard Gray says the price jump is necessary. Especially since state budget cuts were made.
"Balance the budget. So the result is, they weren't able to give us as much as it requires to run the present level of service with the increases and expected costs," said Gray.
He says the proposed costs would cover labor, fuel, maintenance, and health insurance for employees.
The DOT has held public hearings this month, ending Wednesday at UConn Stamford.
Gray says the DOT will most likely make a decision by early November. The price changes would go into effect this January.