August 14, 2012

CT leader happy RI parked its I-95 toll plan

A Connecticut lawmaker applauded the scrapping of Rhode Island's plan to install tolls on I-95, near both states' borders.

State Sen. John A. Kissel said Tuesday he was among those who had fought against the Rhode Island border toll plan by writing to Congressman Joe Courtney and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Kissel represents towns along the north-central Connecticut border with Massachusetts, including Granby, East Granby, Suffield, Enfield and Somers.

"Tolls near the state line would impede commerce, hurt Connecticut tourism and possibly set off a toll war in New England,'' Kissel said in a statement Tuesday. "It's great to see that this ill-advised idea is now stuck in a long-term traffic jam."

The Providence Journal reports that officials anticipated that a $3-toll on cars, $6 on trucks, would raise some $39 million in 2014.

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