The Governor’s office has just released details of Lamont’s highway tolls proposal and he has confirmed that tolls will be pushed to a Special Legislative session this summer.
As News 8 first reported Monday night, there are prospects of a state budget approved on time during the regular session that ends on June 5.
Senator Martin Looney (D) New Haven said, “There are issues that I think are specific in this bill, and there are other issues that people need more flushing out. So that will give us time to deal with that in a special session.”
The Governor has proposed imposing no more than 50 electronic highway toll gantries on Route 95, 91, 84 and the Parkways with discounts for Connecticut residents and regular commuters.
Senator Len Fasano (R) North Haven said, “There was a conversation about not tolling Route 15, well that is told in this bill. There was a conversation about lowering the gas tax, but by the time you get through that matrix the gas tax is never going to be lowered. “
It also stated that once toll rates are established, they would be frozen for a period of at least three years.
The bill said the basic toll rate would be 4.4 cents per mile, but discounts would be made for Connecticut drivers, frequent drivers and low income drivers. But because this would have to be approved by the Federal Highway Administration, the rates could vary to as high as 5.7 cents per mile,
or as low as 3.1 cents per mile.
Variable rates between peak and off peak driving times would be designed to motivate people to not drive and take alternate modes of transportation like trains and buses.
Republicans, who are universally opposed to tolls, have complained that the specifics of the plan that the Governor has been negotiating with the co-chairs of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, have been kept under wraps.
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