Daily News Briefs, August 13, 2019

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What's New with Connecticut Tolling? Nothing.

Associated Press reports, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont (D) “says there are ‘ongoing quiet conversations’ about tolls, but he has yet to call the General Assembly back for a vote.” The article leads with news (first reported by Republican-American) of a new analysis that shows most of the state’s legislative districts (110 out of 151 House districts and 33 out of 36 Senate districts) would be affected by the current proposal for highway tolling.

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Opposition Forms to Two Potential Toll 49 Extension Routes

KETK reports, “Talks about the proposed Toll 49 [segment 6 extension] routes continue, as the deadline quickly approaches for the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority to narrow down route options. While many have spoken against the expansion, residents in New Chapel Hill want to make sure their voices are heard. . . .” They have started a grassroots campaign to dissuade the authority from choosing either the “blue” or “orange” routes identified in the project’s environmental study.

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NY Official Nixes Idea of Suspending Tolls on Thruway's Grand Island Bridges

WGRZ gets New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul’s response to a state senator’s call for the thruway authority to suspend Grand Island Bridge tolls until it finds a way to bill Canadian drivers who do not have E-ZPass transponders. Hochul calls the suggestion impractical and points out that many Canadians are already paying tolls because they use E-ZPass. She adds that the state is confident it can find a solution to the international billing issue within a month or two.

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These are some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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