Proposed Connecticut Tolls — Why, Where and How Much
Towns across Connecticut are beginning to register official disapproval against the Governor's proposed road tolls.
According to an article in the Connecticut Post, the towns of Stamford, Enfield, and Sherman have already passed resolutions against tolls in Connecticut. A major legislative hearing on highway tolls will convene on Wednesday, March 6.
Why does Governor Ned Lamont support road tolls for Connecticut? According to an article in the Hartford Courant, Lamont and his supporters' favor electronic tolling on Connecticut's major highways, I-95, I-84, I-91, and the Merritt Parkway (RT. 15) They say it would provide a constant source of revenue to improve the state's infrastructure.
They claim that the tolls could generate up to $800 million a year. would those toll rates be? There is no definitive rate schedule as of yet but in 2018 the DOT made a prediction that tolls might be every 6.6 miles and rates for Connecticut drivers would be around 3.5 cents to 5.5 cents per mile. Other variables would include the time of day and if drivers received a commuter's discount.
When would the tolls go into effect? After a lengthy debate about locations, years of study, and the construction process, the Governor's best guess is 2025. Lamont is also pushing for discounts of up to 30% for drivers using Connecticut EZPass. He also said that a Connecticut tax credit could be a possibility.