Dozens of toll opponents and proponents show up at the Connecticut Capitol

Shiva Sarram of New Canaan said the group of toll supporters, mostly from Fairfield County, included Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters. She said they decided to come to the Capitol and send a message that it’s time for Connecticut to finally start collecting transportation revenue from out-of-state drivers who use the state’s roads.

“What exactly are we waiting for,” she asked. “Why are we allowing cars and vehicles from other states to drive our roads without paying us a dollar, when we drive across state lines everyday and pay them. So we’re not waiting another ten years. This needs to get done now.”

Toll opponents were not fazed by the sudden turnout of toll supporters, noting they were from the southwest corner of Connecticut.

“They want trains, they want tolls. And what about the rest of the state,” asked Jen Ezzell of Lisbon. “I’m not spending their money. They’re looking to spend mine.”

While lawmakers were at the state Capitol on Wednesday for a special session, transportation was not on the agenda.