Connecticut Gov. Lamont Announces New Tolling Plan

April 11, 2019 - 9:27 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont’s slightly scaled back tolling plan calls for no more than 50 gantries along I-84, I-95, I-91, and Rt. 15.

Under the plan, in-state commuters and E-ZPass drivers would be charged roughly 4.4 cents per mile during peak periods.

A trip from Stamford to New Haven would cost $1.80 during peak periods.

From New Haven to Hartford, it would cost $1.72.

Drivers in Greenwich expressed mixed opinions to WCBS 880.

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One argued, “It does bring a lot out of state money in. I mean, you know, you go over the bridges in New York you're paying a lot of tolls. They don't pay anything here, so I'm kind of in favor of it actually.”

Another said, “More money out of our pockets, you know, it's just another way of taxing an already high tax state.”

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Lamont said out-of-state drivers will pay 40 percent of the tolls.

Republicans call it a tax on the middle class, and instead believe existing bonds should be repurposed for transportation projects.

Lamont responded, "Out of states don't help you with that. Out of staters won't be 40 percent of that. You and your kids will be 100 percent of that. It's the wrong way to go."

The state Department of Transportation estimates it will take seven years before the tolls are up and running.

Lamont says Connecticut will borrow against the projected revenue stream to fix crumbling roads and bridges.