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Danbury Sen. maintains opposition to tolls ahead of informational hearing

A draft of legislation calling for 12 toll gantries across Connecticut is the subject of an informational hearing this afternoon in Hartford.  A proposed Special Session for Monday or Tuesday has been scrapped.  The regular General Assembly term opens on Wednesday.

Danbury state Senator Julie Kushner says she ran in opposition to the Governor's proposed truck-only toll plan and her stance has not changed.

The proposal being considered today calls for 12 gantries on bridges throughout the state, including I-84 in Newtown and on the 1-mile stretch of 684 that's technically in Greenwich. 

The initial base rate for tolls — between $6 and $13 — would apply to big trucks. The transportation commissioner set the rate.  A new Transportation Policy Council would have the sole authority to change the rates on any tolled bridge.  The council would include commuter rail, transportation equity, bus transportation, municipal government, public safety, and construction or engineering experts.

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