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Fiscal Woes Resurrect Talk of Tolls in Connecticut

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.

Cheryl Lemos December 13, 2012 at 02:54 PM
There is so much government funding for feel-good projects and fluff . . . CUT spending for unnecessary projects and free up money for important things. Gee . . . sounds like a budget to me . . . interesting.
mec1140 December 13, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I heard the state would lose government funding if tolls were reinstated...ultimately that funding comes out of our pockets anyway. Bring back the tolls...every weekend from 2:00 Friday afternoon until evening on Sunday I-95 is jammed with cars from NY, NJ, PA, MA along with the buses going up to the casino. The accident back in the '80s was a tragedy but these kind of things happen on a daily basis now...95 burned and melted.
J.S. December 13, 2012 at 03:49 PM
If they bring back tolls I hope its only when entering/exiting the state. To have tolls every few exits like they used to be or like NJTP would just be expensive and annoying for CT residents. If they do bring them back maybe our gas tax will decrease. Yeah right HAHA the state giving back money to it's residents.lol
Beetle Bailey December 13, 2012 at 06:28 PM
THE IDIOT POLITICIANS TAHT WE THE PEOPLE KEEP VOTING BACK INTO OFFICE OVER AND OVER AGAIN ARE THE PROBLEM. THESE CLOWNS DON'T KNOW HOW TO CUT SPENDING. THEIR LIKE DRUKEN SAILORS ON SHORE LEAVE WITH A POCKET FULL OF CASH. IN THIS CASE THE POCKETS ARE FILLED WITH OUR CASH.

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