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(Shudder, Danbury) 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.

This idea is a dead letter in Danbury, where anyone with eyes and a car or truck can find an alternate route around a border toll. That would put cars on city streets that would otherwise take the highway. More traffic congestion in the city.

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?

Eamus Mets December 13, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Tolls on the highways are OK provided they are only erected in the hometowns of the legislators who vote for the legislation enabling them.
Semmas December 13, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Why is it that politicians squander away our tax dollars and then seem surprised when they come up short? I've lived in a lot of states and I've never seen how little the Highway (or State) does with updating the roads in CT. Exit 5 on Interstate 84 (East and West) is so dangerous at rush hour, the traffic literally backs up onto the highway because the exit lanes aren't long enough to accommodate the exiting traffic!! This is downright dangerous and CT does nothing to fix the problem. What's it going to take to get this fixed - a couple of people getting killed!
JWolf December 13, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I find this almost comical......almost. The Senators and the govenor each make over 100 k a year...you have city and state workers , thanks to the Unions, making between 25 and 30 dollars an hour to do a job that barely requires a GED. Money spent on BS like the super train and let us not forget the Super Bus. They give enormous tax breaks to big companies if they even collect ANY taxes from them. Yet their " Solution " is higher taxes and toll booths??? How about doing your damn job for 50k a year tops and stop giving hand outs and while your at it No freaking shovel pusher needs to be making 25 bucks an hour that is a min wage job...oh yea thats right the damned union jackwaggons will have a cow. lets face it people Poloticians are the 0.5 percent of the 1 percenters and they truthfully dont give a crap about the poor or middle class. If you dont see that your blind. Peace out
Joan December 13, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Traffic barely moves through all of Connecticut now. If toll booths are put in, people will have to tack on how much, an extra hour per day to their commute time? Then the added cost on top of that is really going to make driving to and from work even more miserable. I've read that in all states, the sale of lottery tickets is WAY up since the economy tanked. Can the state be transparent about how much extra revenue this is, and can there be a debate on how that money should be used?
david reynolds December 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Truly a poor consideration! I wonder what the capital cost will be to make the necessary changes to I-95, plus capital cost to invest in the automated equipment (hopefully), then the infrastructure of human beings to support toll roads. Ba-hum-bug!

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