Supporting Electronic Tolls

January 29, 2018

Today I attended a press conference to support electronic tolls and advocate for a better transportation infrastructure system in Connecticut.

I am specifically supporting legislation to require the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to prepare a state-wide plan to implement electronic tolling on Connecticut’s highways. Electronic tolls are simply transponders on the road that communicate with a transponder in your vehicle – Connecticut transponders would be eligible for a discount.

Connecticut roads, bridges, and highways are deteriorating from old age and overuse. The bottom line is that the Special Transportation Fund (STF) will be insolvent in two to five years and we are in desperate need of additional funding. In order to ensure the safety of our residents, we need to invest in our transportation infrastructure now. Since the federal government requires that the revenue from electronic tolls be used towards transportation, Connecticut residents can be reassured that the investment in electronic tolls will pay off.

Over the course of 25 years, electronic tolls could raise $37-62 billion depending on the toll-rate used – according to the CDM Smith study commissioned by the state Department of Transportation and published in 2016.

Please read the press release below for more information:

Press Release: Electronic Tolls