Hundreds of people made their voices heard in Wallingford Wednesday night, saying no to tolls. The public forum was hosted by Senate Republicans and comes on the heels of Governor Ned Lamont’s office releasing new numbers on what tolls could cost you and your family.
Town Hall was standing room only with very outspoken voters saying they can’t afford tolls.
“That’s clothes for your kids, when you’re a working class person, $750 dollars or $15/week – that’s a not eating or not having gas or heat,” Meghan Portfolio from Middletown said.
“Being retired and on social security, I’m just barely getting by now,” Robert Dupis of Wallingford said. “If they’re going to put that many tolls, I’m not going to be able to go anywhere.”
Governor Ned Lamont is standing by his electronic tolling proposal, saying it is what the state needs to fix crumbling infrastructure and boost the bottom line.
“I want this fully deliberated in the legislature,” Governor Lamont said. “I want us to go forward arm in arm knowing how important this is and how we have to pay for this in an honest way.”
The Governor’s office putting out examples of potential tolling plans. Nothing is set in stone.
A round trip drive from New Haven to Hartford during peak times with an EZ Pass could cost you:
$860/average work year (50 weeks)
Milford to New Haven round trip would be:
$220/average work year (50 weeks)
Danbury to Waterbury and back would tally
$12.80/ work week
$640/average work year (50 weeks)
The Governor says there will be no more than 50 toll gantries on Connecticut’s major highways including I-95, I-91, I-84 and Route 15.
Tolls for out of state cars with out of state transponders would pay about double that price. Trucks would pay three to four times the amount.
Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader, Len Fasano blasted the Governor.
“Give us the authority and then we’ll tell you how much and there is not a darn thing you can do about it,” Fasano said. “That is simply outrageous.”