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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?

JimH December 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM
This is what happens when you have a state that can't control its spending - every nickel is siphoned out of your pocket. What about the gas taxes we pay. Why aren't they enough to cover the the road expenses? The answer is there will never be enough to satisfy the needs of politicians to hand out goodies and buy votes. We need adults who will do what's right for Connecticut as a whole rather than these politicians who are just worried about their next election.
fairfield newcomer December 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM
The legislators ought to be on I-95 in the afternoon when the traffic jam is from Exit 2 to Exit 27, adding a toll to that mess will only make matters worse. Do they even remember the accident that killed 7(?) at the Stratford Plaza, the incident that caused the Gov and legislature to remove the tolls to begin with? I have a novel idea, the legislature ought to try something other than raising fees to fix the budget, try cutting something instead.
Jim Eastwood December 13, 2012 at 01:00 AM
To All I beleive the deal was made years ago dealing with federal aid to repair I-95 In Short it was No Tolls, Plenty of Federal dollars, Tolls--No dollars. The issue of the Danger of the Tolls was secondary. Also why Why di we spend the money on the Weigh stations, and NEVER, Never man them???? Poor Management, No accountablity !!!! Have a Great Day and pay and pay (your taxes)
Fairfield Old Timer December 13, 2012 at 03:56 AM
"The legislators ought to be on I-95 in the afternoon when the traffic jam is from Exit 2 to Exit 27, adding a toll to that mess will only make matters worse. " Oh Please!! Get a clue......ever hear of E-Z Pass?
fairfield newcomer December 13, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Fairfield Old Timer, the traffic jam is there without the tolls your comment would have one believe that you think the E-Z Pass will lessen the jam ups, that can't be what your sarcastic comment meant, can it? Try driving over the Whitestone Bridge with the E Z Pass and let me how the traffic moves there.
R. Ludlowe December 13, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I cant think of a situation, actually, where EZPass is a hindrance... including the Whitestone. Tolls can actually have a positive effect on traffic flows in some cases as they can act as a 'regulator.'
Fairfield Old Timer December 14, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Exactly R. ludlowe. Having tolls on I-95 won't make a bit of difference in the traffic congestion at rush hour. "adding a toll to that mess will only make matters worse." WRONG! Especially if they have E-Z Pass lanes. IMHO, they actually help traffic flow better through tolls because people don't have to fumble for change and/or wait for change.
DM December 14, 2012 at 02:03 PM
EZ Pass is great, but driving thru NYS you see half the people still don't have them. Worse still is everyone at the last second dive bombing into the appropriate cash/ EZ pass lane at the last second.

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