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House Democratic leaders have proposed a new plan that would install highway tolls for trucks only on 12 bridges across the state, as opposed to Gov. Ned Lamont’s CT2030 initiative, which would have included tolls on 14 bridges for all vehicles.
“While I appreciate Sen. Fasano’s proposal to partially fund much-needed infrastructure investments, taking money out of the Rainy Day Fund is a risky proposition that requires serious evaluation," says Gov. Ned Lamont.
“We developed FASTR CT to show there is another way to invest in transportation and grow jobs in a manner that is sustainable and accountable to taxpayers — all without tolls," said Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano.
The future of the governos’s ambitious 10-year, $21 billion CT2030 plan is very much in doubt, with state Republicans remaining skeptical and several of his fellow Democratic lawmakers hedging their bets as next year’s election looms.
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.
CT 2030 includes tolls on 14 highway bridges, instead of the 50 toll gantries on four major highways -- the Merritt Parkway and Interstates 84, 91 and 95 -- that the governor had originally proposed.
Although the governor's new transportation plan includes fewer tolls, the state's Republican leaders are still against them.
While the governor had proposed tolls on four major highways involving about 50 gantries, his new plan reportedly calls for tolls involving 16 to 18 bridges.
“We’ve got to hit the elephant in the room – getting our fiscal house in order,” the governor said in his remarks to the Chamber of Commerce. “I just want to get this thing going."
“Tell Your Legislators! Vote for Tolls, Lose at the Polls," the billboards on interstates 84, 91 and 95 implore.
Among other recommendations, Sacred Heart professor Gary L. Rose is calling for the revitalization of Connecticut’s cities, “which are in terrible shape, no question about it.”
“Take out all the friction and we’ll make this economy sing,” the governor told the crowd at The WorkPlace's quarterly meeting, held June 21 at Housatonic Community College.
The governor has also proposed widening I-95 west of New Haven to reduce congestion, which he said would cut commuting time to New York by as much as 22 minutes.
Once toll collection has been switched to cashless equipment, existing toll plazas and barriers will be removed.