Fiscal Woes Resurrect Talk of Tolls in CT

Transportation officials met this week to discuss the dismal state of funding for transportation issues and how that can be rectified.

While the federal government teeters on the edge of a so-called fiscal cliff, the State of Connecticut stands amidst its own growing financial woes.

That, along with that fact that state highway trust funds are fast running dry, has transportation officials scrambling to find ways to avoid what could be a disaster, the Connecticut Mirror reports.

There are several major transportation projects on the table that lack the necessary funding, and with the financial conditions the way they are on both the state and federal levels, there are no easy answers where that money will come.

One answer officials are considering is bringing back tolls.

A devastating 1983 crash in Stratford on I-95 that killed seven people was the death knell for tolls in Connecticut, but the blistering recession, combined with a reliance on gas taxes that has caused gas prices to skyrocket, has put tolls once again on the table as an option.

Earlier this year, legislators brought up the possibility of bringing back the tolls. While it passed the state Senate, the House was not as supportive and the bill quickly died.

The most recent suggestion coming out of this week's forum has quickly drawn a reaction from residents around Connecticut. One Trumbull Patch reader was quick to come out against it.

What do you think? Is it time to bring back the tolls?

Jaimie Cura December 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Gas taxes, EZ Pass and support for tolls — Facebook fans weigh in: Ric Vargoshe: Only if there a EZPass lanes that don't require stopping! I don't want to be reended like some were at Ct tolls in the past! Thomas Andrew: ^Ric I've read somewhere else that they're only considering what they call, "automatic tolling." As for the idea of bringing back road tolls, it makes sense to me. Our highways cost hundreds of millions to maintain but many trucks and drivers from out of state pay nothing to maintain them within the current system. Limited highway tolling would reduce our reliance on a high gas tax. Meg L Short: I agree with the EZPass lanes - but bringing tolls back would be great. www.facebook.com/woodmiddpatch
socrates December 13, 2012 at 02:45 AM
democrats are jerks. Stupid, incompetent jerks. They know finance as well as a fish knows a bicycle. God help us
Jaimie Cura December 13, 2012 at 02:25 PM
"Antiquated & dangerous to have them in the middle of long stretches of highway, especially for the non- EZ PASS drivers," Bonnie Vail wrote on Facebook. "I like what they do in Maine, with toll booths at the entrance & exit ramps of certain stretches of highways...pick up stamped card at the entrance ramp & pay at exit ramp, depending on how much distance you covered. Fair way to charge, and MUCH safer." www.facebook.com/woodmiddpatch


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