Southwestern Connecticut Residents Learn the Facts About Tolls at Recent Informational Forum

Posted on April 12, 2019 by admin


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Hosted by Rep. Smith and Colleagues  

DANBURY – House and Senate Republican ranking members of the Transportation Committee, State Rep. Laura Devlin and Senator Henri Martin, were invited to Danbury last week by their colleagues, State Representatives Richard Smith (R-108), J.P. Sredzinski, Mitch Bolinsky, and Stephen Harding, to present a transportation funding plan to their constituents that does not rely on tolls or tax increases.

“I am grateful to Rep. Devlin and Sen. Martin for coming out to my district to meet with my constituents,” said Rep. Smith. “Please contact me at 1-800-842-1423 or Richard.Smith@housegop.ct.gov if you have any further questions regarding tolls, our alternative plan, and the future of transportation in Connecticut.”

The majority of residents in attendance expressed their opposition to tolls. Current proposals include 53 toll gantries placed on I-95, I-84, I-91 and every six miles on sections of the Merritt Parkway. Toll rates could vary by time of day, level of traffic congestion and vehicle size. Though these tolls would raise an estimated $1 billion per year, they would not be operable for at least four years.

Rep. Devlin and Sen. Martin explained at the forum that the Republican Prioritize Progress Plan is our alternative to tolls and works within current state resources to provide $65 billion for transportation infrastructure projects over the next 30 years. Last year, the bipartisan budget lawmakers placed a cap on state bonding and the plan operates within Connecticut’s new bond cap, borrowing no more than allowed under the cap. To view the full plan, please visit www.cthousegop.com/prioritize.