A light-hearted “Toll Troll” demonstration by Yankee Institute at the Capitol on Tuesday drew media attention and ire of House leadership.
The proposed electronic toll gantries on Connecticut’s highways won’t be free — someone will have to operate and maintain the gantries, and handle administrative work, such as billing motorists who don’t have E-ZPass. So who would Connecticut task with operating the state’s tolls?
The Transportation Committee heard testimony regarding the implementation of tolls on Connecticut’s highway, a highly contentious and complex proposal being championed by Gov. Dannel Malloy and Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker.
Unelected officials will have power to toll Connecticut highways under transportation authority proposal
If tolls come to Connecticut’s highways, it may not be through a legislative vote but rather through a new quasi-public entity governed by unelected officials, largely appointed by the governor.
Connecticut receives more federal transportation dollars per capita than most states which have tolls on limited sections of their interstate highways, according to data collected from the Federal Highway Administration.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation hit back against the Reason Foundation’s annual study of state transportation costs, which showed Connecticut had the highest administrative costs per mile in the country. In a memo circulated to legislators, the DOT claims “inherent flaws” in Reason’s analysis led to its last-in-the-nation ranking and ...