CONNECTICUT PLANS TO ADD TOLLS…SORRY “USER FEES”

Nov 19, 2019 | Trucking News

Photo By: Steven Senne

If you are going to run through Connecticut in the future, get ready for tolls…I mean, “user fees”.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont rolled out a new transportation plan with the hopes of relieving congestion on the Connecticut roads. But along with that, he is also looking to start projects with rail, ports, and airports. All together the plan comes in with a budget of $21 billion (B-B-B-BILLION), with $14 billion going for roads and bridges and a cool $7 million going to public transportation. 

But rest assured, there is a way to pay for all that!

Starting in 2023, Connecticut plans to introduce tolls user fee ports. Connecticut officials are predicting that up to 40% of the fees would be paid by out of state drivers because nothing says “Welcome” like charging people to use your roads. The tolls user fees will cost up to $1 for cars, $1.25-$2.50 for medium-sized trucks, and up to $7 for the big boys. 

Not everyone is pleased with the tolls user fees though. Motor Transport Association of Connecticut President Joe Sculley had this to say: “This would be a fourth tax for the purpose of funding what we’ve already paid for with those other three. I think this is still definitely an attempt to go after the trucking industry.”

Connecticut needs to do something with its infrastructure though. In October of 2018, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state a C-…which was outstanding for me in college…not so much though for a state’s infrastructure. 

{TTNews.com}

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