State budget offers pathway to highway tolls – Connecticut News

State budget offers pathway to highway tolls – Connecticut News


HARTFORD — The new state budget before the House and Senate provides a pathway to electronic tolls on state highways.

The spending plan creates the Connecticut Transportation Finance Authority, which includes an appointed board of directors and an executive director. Along with overseeing transportation projects and making recommendations, the board can explore and implement tolling.

“The authority may authorize the use of electronic tolling systems along limited access highways to accomplish its purpose and set the specific geographic area to be tolled along such limited access highways,” the legislation says.

The authority would operate the tolls, hire vendors and sign agreements with the federal government.

“The purpose of the authority shall be to support the fiscal health and sustainability of the Special Transportation Fund, ensure funding levels sufficient to maintain the transportation infrastructure of this state in good repair and promote the safe and efficient movement of people and goods throughout this state,” the legislation states.

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