HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont told downstate business leaders he’s got a new, revised, scaled-down transportation improvement plan Monday.
First, there was “trucks only tolls,” then, “tolls for all vehicles,” now, we appear to be on the verge of plan number three. Lamont said he’s almost ready to “roll out” a revised transportation improvement plan for the state.
Speaking to the sold-out crowd at Bridgeport Regional Business Council luncheon Monday, the governor said his new plan will address the state’s worst traffic “choke points.”
“We have a ‘user fee’ that pays for major construction on ‘choke points’ that are really slowing up transportation.”
Knowing that some of the major ‘choke points’ on I-95 are in the Park City, the governor’s revised plan sounded good to business leaders Monday.
“We have a dozen choke points that really slow up transportation, especially on our highways,” Lamont said. “We fix those ‘choke points’, I can save you 20 minutes on your commute each way.”
Business Council President Dan Onofrio said, “The next proposal that we’re going to hear about, I think, is going to be a little bit more amicable for most people, digestible for most people, both business as well as residents in the state.”
Governor Lamont added, “I’m talking to the legislative leadership on both sides of the aisle over the course of the next few days or a week or so, then we’ll roll it out in detail.”
However, it appears the plan comes with its own choke points to pass in the Assembly.
The Assistant Republican Leader in the State Senate, Senator George Logan (R-Ansonia), was in the audience today and says he heard the Governor used one term that will not fly with any Republicans and some Democrats. Senator Logan saying, “When he talks about a ‘user fee,’ talks about ‘choke points’ it’s a matter of tolls. So now, the strategy is to try to convince folks; ‘let’s install several or a few tolls.”
The Governor is also shying away from commenting on the impeachment
probe in Washington because his plan apparently takes advantage of very low-interest loans available from the Trump Administration Transportation Department.