The bristol press – connecticut weighs return of highway tolls banned since 1980s t gas terengganu

A 1983 truck crash that killed seven people at a toll booth on Interstate 95 in Stratford created pressure to remove the toll booths, and they were eliminated from the highway within three years. Additional legislation called for tolls to be stricken from other state highways by 1988.

“This is the lightning rod for everyone who is dissatisfied. This has sent them right over the top,” said Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, referring to angry constituents she has heard from. She said tolls would be another tax in a state “that has already been devastated by too many additional taxes.”

Other lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation this session that gets the ball rolling on a plan for tolls that the General Assembly can eventually approve or reject. This year’s legislative session is scheduled to adjourn at midnight on May 9.

A document highlighting aspects of the draft legislation shows Connecticut drivers with an E-ZPass would receive an approximate 30 percent discount. For Connecticut commuters or frequent users with an E-ZPass, there would be an additional 20 percent reduction. Lawmakers also are considering a state income tax rebate for drivers and other breaks, including gas tax cuts.

The document also indicates a Connecticut resident might pay about 4.4 cents per mile during off-peak times and 5.5 cents per mile in peak periods. That is compared to an out-of-state driver with an E-ZPass paying 6.3 cents for off-peak travel and 9.9 cents for peak periods.

Higher rates could be charged for drivers without the E-ZPass. A Connecticut driver with a state-issued E-ZPass and a commuter discount might pay a total of $1.72 to drive from the New York state line to New Haven – 49 miles – during the off-peak time and $2.16 during peak hours.

Besides the price of the tolls, the department would be required to consider ways to help small businesses impacted by tolls, where to locate the electronic tolling gantries and estimates of how much it would cost to operate the toll sites, among other issues. The department also would have to conduct studies to satisfy federal requirements for tolls.

A 1983 truck crash that killed seven people at a toll booth on Interstate 95 in Stratford created pressure to remove the toll booths, and they were eliminated from the highway within three years. Additional legislation called for tolls to be stricken from other state highways by 1988.

“This is the lightning rod for everyone who is dissatisfied. This has sent them right over the top,” said Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, referring to angry constituents she has heard from. She said tolls would be another tax in a state “that has already been devastated by too many additional taxes.”

Other lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation this session that gets the ball rolling on a plan for tolls that the General Assembly can eventually approve or reject. This year’s legislative session is scheduled to adjourn at midnight on May 9.

A document highlighting aspects of the draft legislation shows Connecticut drivers with an E-ZPass would receive an approximate 30 percent discount. For Connecticut commuters or frequent users with an E-ZPass, there would be an additional 20 percent reduction. Lawmakers also are considering a state income tax rebate for drivers and other breaks, including gas tax cuts.

The document also indicates a Connecticut resident might pay about 4.4 cents per mile during off-peak times and 5.5 cents per mile in peak periods. That is compared to an out-of-state driver with an E-ZPass paying 6.3 cents for off-peak travel and 9.9 cents for peak periods.

Higher rates could be charged for drivers without the E-ZPass. A Connecticut driver with a state-issued E-ZPass and a commuter discount might pay a total of $1.72 to drive from the New York state line to New Haven – 49 miles – during the off-peak time and $2.16 during peak hours.

Besides the price of the tolls, the department would be required to consider ways to help small businesses impacted by tolls, where to locate the electronic tolling gantries and estimates of how much it would cost to operate the toll sites, among other issues. The department also would have to conduct studies to satisfy federal requirements for tolls.

A 1983 truck crash that killed seven people at a toll booth on Interstate 95 in Stratford created pressure to remove the toll booths, and they were eliminated from the highway within three years. Additional legislation called for tolls to be stricken from other state highways by 1988.

“This is the lightning rod for everyone who is dissatisfied. This has sent them right over the top,” said Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, referring to angry constituents she has heard from. She said tolls would be another tax in a state “that has already been devastated by too many additional taxes.”

Other lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation this session that gets the ball rolling on a plan for tolls that the General Assembly can eventually approve or reject. This year’s legislative session is scheduled to adjourn at midnight on May 9.

A document highlighting aspects of the draft legislation shows Connecticut drivers with an E-ZPass would receive an approximate 30 percent discount. For Connecticut commuters or frequent users with an E-ZPass, there would be an additional 20 percent reduction. Lawmakers also are considering a state income tax rebate for drivers and other breaks, including gas tax cuts.

The document also indicates a Connecticut resident might pay about 4.4 cents per mile during off-peak times and 5.5 cents per mile in peak periods. That is compared to an out-of-state driver with an E-ZPass paying 6.3 cents for off-peak travel and 9.9 cents for peak periods.

Higher rates could be charged for drivers without the E-ZPass. A Connecticut driver with a state-issued E-ZPass and a commuter discount might pay a total of $1.72 to drive from the New York state line to New Haven – 49 miles – during the off-peak time and $2.16 during peak hours.

Besides the price of the tolls, the department would be required to consider ways to help small businesses impacted by tolls, where to locate the electronic tolling gantries and estimates of how much it would cost to operate the toll sites, among other issues. The department also would have to conduct studies to satisfy federal requirements for tolls.