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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Connecticut Governor Second Guessing Truck Only Tolls

 After looking further into the toll option to fund infrastructure projects, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he has discovered that perhaps tolling only trucks is not such a good idea. 

Lamont shared this revelation in an op-ed he penned for the Connecticut Post published on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Lamont said he initially supported a truck-only toll like the one installed in Rhode Island as he was learning about the issue. The governor admitted that this would generate just enough to maintain infrastructure but not enough for upgrades. After getting advice from his attorneys, Lamont suggests a truck-only toll is likely not the most feasible idea.

“While we are awaiting a ruling from the courts regarding truck-only tolling, our attorneys are pretty certain that if permitted, the tolling could only be done on specific bridges and the generated revenue would be reserved for those bridges, not for congestion pricing,” Lamont explained. “Assuming our attorneys are correct, the truck-only option provides too little revenue, too slowly and too piecemeal to make a meaningful difference.”