Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont wants to create a toll system for Connecticut highways.
If Governor Lamont’s legislation passes, drivers will have to pay to drive on Connecticut’s highways.
It’s been more than 30 years since drivers have had to pay tolls in Connecticut, but that could soon change.
The Connecticut Governor’s office predicts the new toll program would bring in $800 million in revenue. Connecticut drivers would see discounts but out of state drivers would be charged more money.
That’s similar to Massachusetts all-electronic tolling, which charges out of state cars a higher rate to drive on the Mass Pike.
Juan Lozada of Springfield told 22News, “A lot of people, they don’t like changes. If they want to save a couple bucks, they will. But again, like I say, you got to get from point a to point b. You got to go with it.”
Connecticut is currently one of the only states that does not charge drivers to use their highways. Governor Lamont believes a toll program would significantly improve the state’s economy.
“That’s what one of the things they have to look at, doing something other than just raising taxes, adding gas tax, house tax, they have to do something different,” said Andy Zianio of Simsbury, Connecticut.
A Connecticut Department of Transportation official said the state could collect $1 billion a year in tolls.
Governor Lamont is expected to reveal specifics of his highway toll program, including costs and benefits, Wednesday, when he delivers his budget proposal.