Connecticut SB 99 – To study the feasibility of creating a lane on Interstate 95 for certain motorists to generate revenue, alleviate traffic congestion and promote the use of clean energy vehicles


Bill No.:
SB 99
Bill Location:
ConnecticutSenate
Bill Title:

To study the feasibility of creating a lane on Interstate 95 for certain motorists to generate revenue, alleviate traffic congestion and promote the use of clean energy vehicles

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NMA Recommendation:
Oppose

UPDATE June 5, 2019: Legislative session ended without action taken on this bill.

SB 99 was introduced on January 17, 2019 and referred to the Joint Transportation Committee. The bill is not yet scheduled for a hearing or a vote.

Note the priority in the title of the bill: Generate revenue from motorists. The NMA opposes the development and designation of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. All motorists are required to pay taxes to build the highway system, and therefore should be entitled to the full use of that system.

HOV lanes depend on congestion for their appeal and thereby serve as a disincentive to reduce congestion for non-HOV lane users. HOV lanes use valuable highway corridor space that could be used to serve the entire population using that given highway, not just those who carpool or ride buses.

 


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