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Lawmakers to hear from public on prospect of highway tolls

March 3, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Drivers will have their first opportunity to officially tell Connecticut lawmakers what they think about the prospect of highway tolls.

On Wednesday, the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee will hear public testimony on Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposal to create an electronic tolling system on Interstates 84, 91, 95 and Route 15.

The bill allows the Department of Transportation to, among other things, enter into tolling agreements with the Federal Highway Administration and other entities; spend funds to design and set up a system; and enter into reciprocal agreements with other states with tolls.

Lamont has said Connecticut needs revenue from tolling to finance transportation infrastructure projects. He’s proposed tolling either trucks only or all vehicles, the latter which Lamont appears to favor.

Opponents say residents can’t afford highway tolls.