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Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim called the funding "a first step in pursuing the necessary changes to support the potential return of commercial passenger service" to the city.
"Bridgeport is an important addition to our fast-expanding route network that targets urban commuters," said Tailwind Air's co-founder.
The plan is receiving positive reviews from Lamont's fellow Democrats, the Connecticut AFL-CIO, and the Business Council of Fairfield County -- and opposition from state Republicans, the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, and Westchester County politicians.
Under the plan, Connecticut drivers with a transponder would pay 40 to 80 cents, medium-sized trucks would pay $1 to $2, and heavy trucks would pay $2.80 to $5.60. “Within a 24 hour period, any vehicle equipped with a transponder will not pay more than one round-trip user fee per gantry,” according to the proposal.
“Most master plans are just a guide for the government,” said Bridgeport Director of Planning Lynn Haig. “We want this to be a guide for everybody in the community.”