Connecticut lawmakers to debate highway tolls bill in days ahead

Connecticut

The Mass Pike has been using an all-electronic toll system for more than a year. 

Connecticut is now considering implementing the same type of system.

“You got people from New York and the southern states, they have to pass through CT to get to all the beautiful landmarks in New England, so why not charge a tax or a toll,” said Dan Haslam of Colchester, CT.

The toll gantries would likely be placed on I-91, I-84, and other state roads. Drivers in Connecticut haven’t had to deal with tolls on state highways in 30 years, but that could change if this highway tolls bill becomes law. 

“I don’t think its necessary,” said Charles Hodek of Pleasant Valley, Connecticut. “Don’t think it’ll pass but its hard to say what goes on in the government.” 

The CT department of transportation said driving from New Haven to the New York State line would cost a driver $1.72 during off-peak times, but about 40 cents more during peak times. 

Money from the tolls would be used to improve state highways and bridges.

“I do believe in the tolls if it’s for the better, especially if they are going to repair the Connecticut roads because over the years they’ve gotten worse,” said Linda Bondill of East Haven, CT. 

Connecticut residents would save 30 percent on a CT issued EZ Pass if and when the state implements all-electronic tolling.

The Connecticut House could vote on the highway tolls bill as soon as Wednesday.

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