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Republican opposition to tolls of any kind has been fierce, but Democrat leaders have said over the past few weeks that they believe they have the votes to pass such legislation. Democrats have a 22-14 majority in the Senate and a 91-60 majority in the House.
A new Hartford Courant/Sacred Heart University poll shows growing public support for Gov. Ned Lamont’s 10-year, $19 billion CT2030 plan, which includes tolls for tractor-trailers on 12 highway bridges around the state -- as well as rising public approval of the governor's performance.
The July 1 reopening of the state's six welcome centers has been a big plus. “They’re the front door to the state," says Connecticut Office of Tourism Director Randy Fiveash.
Gov. Ned Lamont's CT 2030 program is a 10-year plan for priority highway and rail projects intended to create less congestion, quicker commutes, and increased economic activity.
The fight over highway tolls between Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and state Senate Republicans has centered in part on an internal Department of Transportation memo.
"A 21st century economy cannot be supported by a 20th century transportation system," says Gov. Ned Lamont; "This is a total abrogation of responsibility," respond GOP leaders.
“If we don’t take care of this bridge … surely that bridge collapses," said Stamford Mayor David Martin.
"The East Side and other adjoining neighborhoods have gotten their hopes up about the possibility of a new rail station and are looking to us as leaders to make it happen,” Mayor Joe Ganim said.
Mayor Joe Ganim said the funding will have a "huge impact on Bridgeport's infrastructure and rejoin our communities."
Giulietti ran Metro-North from February 2014 until his retirement in August 2017.
According to Gov. Dannel Malloy, the investment will ensure the station can operate in a state of good repair for the next 25 years and beyond.
The report said a tolling system would cost $372 million, with $210 million for infrastructure and $162 million for a fiber communications system.
The card allows commuters to place funds into an account connected to the card, and then simply tapping the card on the fare box each time when boarding CTtransit, CTtransit Express and CTfastrak.
Along with components of a Contact Period Native American fort, the find includes arrowheads, flints and a variety of tools.