July 25, 2018

Bond Commission approves $10M for tolling study

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
An electronic tolling gantry.

The State Bond Commission late Wednesday morning approved a $10 million allocation to finance a study of electronic tolling in Connecticut.

The commission voted 6-3 in favor, and State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier abstained.

The study will focus on electronic tolling on I-91, I-95, I-84, in addition to the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways. It will also determine how much tolls would cost in-state and out-of-state drivers.

Comptroller Kevin Lembo voted against the $10 million toll study, stating he does not support the bond funding "without legislative directive."

"The State Bond Commission should not act as a replacement for legislative action," Lembo said. "These decisions should be left to the next governor and legislature…"

He also noted the state already studied electronic tolling in 2009.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urged lawmakers throughout this year's legislative season to support electronic tolling as it provides a new and reliable revenue sources for the state.

"In order to ensure our bridges don't collapse or close due to unsafe conditions, and to ensure that our highways remain open and operational, we need to explore additional revenue options," Malloy said Wednesday. "We need to do it because our existing methods for supporting transportation are going away."

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