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

Posted on April 8, 2019 by admin


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Hosted by Rep. Sredzinski 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 Reps. J.P. Sredzinski (R-112), Mitch Bolinsky, Stephen Harding and Richard Smith, to present a transportation funding plan to their constituents that does not rely on tolls or tax increases.

“I thank all of my constituents who came out to the forum last week to ask questions and to express their concerns about the future of transportation in Connecticut,” said Rep. Sredzinski. “Tolls are not the only answer to maintaining safety on our roads, rails and bridges. We have an alternative solution; it’s time to prioritize how our state spends money on transportation projects.”

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