State lawmakers discuss proposals for tolls
HARTFORD (AP) -- State lawmakers are hearing mixed opinions about whether tolls should return to Connecticut highways after more than two decades.
At a public hearing Friday before the General Assembly's Transportation Committee, supporters said tolls would raise the money needed to fix state roads and bridges. But representatives from some border communities said tolls create a financial burden for local residents who cross into neighboring states. They also argued that tolls hurt local businesses and lead to more wear and tear on local roads.
Several bills have been offered to reinstate tolls. Proposals include open tolls on the state's major highways along the borders; building EZ Pass toll stations to collect fees from large cargo trucks, and placing tolls on new highways or new highway extensions.