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CT State Rep. Says Bring Back Tolls

New Haven representative introduces legislation for action in the upcoming legislative session. Tell us if you agree.

New York does it. New Jersey and Massachusetts do, too. But when it comes to collecting tolls on state highways, Connecticut says, not here. 

The Nutmeg state stopped collecting tolls nearly 30 years ago, after a 1983 crash on I-95 in Stratford was blamed partially on the driver having to stop for a toll. Seven people were killed in that accident, and the tolls quickly came down.

But many in the state now say that Connecticut needs to generate the revenue tolls could bring to pay for infrastructure improvements on roads and highways. And state Rep. Pat Dillon, D-New Haven, has introduced House Bill No. 5207: An Act Establishing Tolls on Connecticut Highways — an act to raise revenue through tolls. 

Though the bill does not specify where the tolls would be constructed, Dillon told the New Haven Independent that she envisioned them at state borders on I-95, I-91, and the Wilbur Cross and Merritt Parkways.

Earlier this year, legislators brought up the possibility of bringing back the tolls. While it passed the state Senate, the House was not as supportive and the bill quickly died. Elected officials in Connecticut, though, started discussing the tolls again in early December to make up for shrinking federal transportation funds.  

Dillion introduced her bill late last week, according to the General Assembly's website. It scheduled for a hearing by the Joint Committee on Transportation on Feb. 17.

Steven DeVaux January 07, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Glad they decided not to put some up on I-84.at the NY & Mass borders or Rt 7 for now. Surprised they didn't look at New London.
Tom January 08, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Awesome. I love going from 55mph to 0, idling in stopped toll traffic, wasting gas & time, polluting the air, etc. It's a waste of money to: a) build the tolls b) to man the booths with union, pension earning, toll workers. c) idle in traffic causing drivers gas consumption to go up. Not to mention a waste of time, increasing commute times in already congested CT highways. Just raise the frickin gas tax. It's much more environmentally friendly and doesn't add to people's commute time. Plus you don't have to pay for expensive toll workers. A gas tax is fully automated at the pump. The only reason to use tolls is if you want to target tax Mass or NY residents when they enter CT. That's stupid. Last I checked we're all Americans, so trying to dip our hands into neighboring state's drivers is ridiculous.

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