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Could NJ Transit expenses spark a future fare hike?

NJ Transit Executive Director Steven Santoro, left, Robert Lavell, rail operations director, center, and Eric Daleo, capital planning director, right testify to a legislative committee on Monday. (Larry Higgs | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
NJ Transit Executive Director Steven Santoro, left, Robert Lavell, rail operations director, center, and Eric Daleo, capital planning director, right testify to a legislative committee on Monday. (Larry Higgs | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

NJ Transit officials didn’t use the “F” word — fare hike — at a legislative hearing Monday, but higher agency expenses have lawmakers worried about a potential fare increase later this year. Hiring several hundred more rail, safety and maintenance employees and increasing salaries of non-union employees to keep them from taking other jobs, are among…

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