CT Lawmakers Convene Hearing on Tolling Bills as Proponents Make Their Case

Associated Press reports, “State lawmakers are revisiting whether to install electronic tolls on Connecticut highways. The General Assembly’s Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing [today, February 27, at 11 AM] on several bills that would require the tolls.”

Hartford Courant reports, “With a public hearing just days away, top proponents of highway tolls in Connecticut presented their case to lawmakers [on February 24]. They keyed in on state budget office projections that without new money, the Special Transportation Fund will spiral into deficits in just a few years. And they circulated a new notice from federal officials that appears to weaken a major argument against tolling state highways.” In the notice, the Federal Highway Administration informed Connecticut DOT “that Connecticut could install tolls without repaying previous federal aid – or losing future grants – under the right circumstances. Border tolls wouldn’t be acceptable, but a system aimed at reducing traffic congestion would be, it said.”