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Connecticut Residents, Commuters Would Get Discount Under Toll Proposal

May 02, 2018 - 9:33 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (WCBS 880) -- Lawmakers are considering bringing tolls back to Connecticut with discounts for residents and commuters.

The state desperately needs money for roads, bridges, trains and buses. It's estimated tolls could generate $1.3 billion annually.

Connecticut lawmakers are tossing around incentives that might ease the pain. If tolls come back to Connecticut highways, residents would get a 30 percent E-ZPass discount and an additional 20 percent break for commuters. There might even be an income tax credit.

There is support among Democrats and skeptisicm among Republicans in the State Senate.

It's a lengthy process.

First, lawmakers would have to vote for a study and then vote again on a toll proposal next year.

The state's Department of Transportation also needs to determine where to place overhead electronic toll gantries. There is concern drivers will strategically get on and off highways to avoid tolls.