Clergy fares on railroads in New England are now available for the first time since a few years prior to 1899 (with the exception of the period January 1, 1919, to December 31, 1929, when railroads were under control of the Federal Government and clergy fares were granted by New England railroads).
The new arrangement became effective July 1, 1954, and applies to the following railroads operating in the six New England States:
Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Co., Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad Co.; Boston and Albany RR; Boston and Maine Railroad; Canadian Pacific Railway Co. (Line in Maine and in Vermont—Newport to Wells River inclusive); Central Vermont Railway, Inc.; Grant Trunk Railway System (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont); Maine Central Railroad Co.; and New York, New Haven, and Hartford RR Co.
The clergy rate is one-half of the one-way first-class fare for a one-way ticket, or the one-way first-class rate for a round-trip ticket, which makes the clergy rate 2.25 cents per mile.
To obtain the benefit of this rate an application must be secured from the New England Passenger Committee, 517 South Station, Boston 10, Mass., filled out with photostat of ordination certificate and returned thereto with the fee of $6.00.
A certificate with packet of 100 clergy fare coupons will then be issued to the applicant. The certificate is good for the balance of the current year and for the year of Our Lord 1955.
—The Living Church (Milwaukee), November 5, 1954, p. 10.