Connecticut lawmakers spent 11 hours peppering transportation officials with questions and listening to public input on Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposal for electronic tolls at a hearing March 6.
The governor’s budget proposal, presented to the General Assembly on Feb. 20, includes two possible plans: one that would toll only trucks and one that would toll cars and trucks. Lamont has indicated that tolling cars and trucks is the fastest and most effective way to raise money for infrastructure projects to address congestion. He identified interstates 95, 91, 84 and the Merritt Parkway as key routes where congestion is crippling.
Answering questions before the Transportation Committee, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw emphasized that the trucks-only plan is not practical because it would raise only about $200 million, while the option that includes cars and trucks would generate about $800 million.