The Legislature's Transportation Committee is holding a public hearing this morning on a bill that would bring back tolls to the state, but only at the borders. Nearly 300 people already sent in remarks to the committee via email. Wilton State Senator Toni Boucher says the revenue generated by tolls does not outweigh the spending implementation and other related costs.
She says the Committee Chairman, who has been pushing this issue for some time, was asked about putting a toll in his District of Rocky Hill. Antonio Guerrera backed away from that immediately. Boucher says that seems to be a double standard, and at the end of the day hopes that her colleagues understand that tolls would be political suicide.
Boucher says even the new electronic and high speed tolls can create safety problems. A family member of those killed in the horrible fiery crash that prompted the removal of tolls from Connecticut roadways, will once again be testifying against the bill.
Boucher was travelling recently, and happened to be on city roads around where tolls were on the highway. She witnessed first hand the massive tie ups that diversionary traffic would cause on local roads.
People who can't make it to today's public hearing can submit testimony via email. The address is TRAtestimony@cga.ct.gov.