Fiscal Woes Resurrect Talk of Tolls in CT

Transportation officials met this week to discuss the dismal state of funding for transportation issues and how that can be rectified.

While the federal government teeters on the edge of a so-called fiscal cliff, the State of Connecticut stands amidst its own growing financial woes.

That, along with that fact that state highway trust funds are fast running dry, has transportation officials scrambling to find ways to avoid what could be a disaster, the Connecticut Mirror reports.

There are several major transportation projects on the table that lack the necessary funding, and with the financial conditions the way they are on both the state and federal levels, there are no easy answers where that money will come.

One answer officials are considering is bringing back tolls.

A devastating 1983 crash in Stratford on I-95 that killed seven people was the death knell for tolls in Connecticut, but the blistering recession, combined with a reliance on gas taxes that has caused gas prices to skyrocket, has put tolls once again on the table as an option.

Earlier this year, legislators brought up the possibility of bringing back the tolls. While it passed the state Senate, the House was not as supportive and the bill quickly died.

The most recent suggestion coming out of this week's forum has quickly drawn a reaction from residents around Connecticut. One Trumbull Patch reader was quick to come out against it.

What do you think? Is it time to bring back the tolls?

Thomas Alegi December 13, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Connecticut Highway Tolls over Air Pollution and Climate Change. Will the need for money win out over Air Pollution and Climate Change? Stay tuned for BREAKING NEWS regarding Connecticut’s fiscal cliff or as 3,580,709 individuals or 1 honest politician would call it, spending money you no longer have or wish you had. (Population of Connecticut 3,580,709)
Bethany December 13, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Another reason to leave Ct. Just what our busy highways need.
john December 13, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Hey....here is a novel idea....STOP SPENDING!!!!, if your spouse said honey we dont seem to have enough money anymore...what would you do?...cut back. If our elected officials spent only what we brought in they would need mire revenue. And if im not mistaken,isnt the reason our gas tax is so high because we removed the tolls!?? No they want to keep thd heavy gas tax and tolls....people enough is enough. STOP SPENDING, and Cut Back.


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