Devlin: Votes ‘NO’ on tolls

State Rep. Laura Devlin (Fairfield & Trumbull) today voted “No” on a proposal that starts the state process to re-institute tolls to Connecticut calling the proposal another tax on Connecticut commuters.

The hotly debated legislation HB-6818, An Act Concerning the Establishment of Electronic Tolls at the State’s Borders passed the legislature’s Transportation Committee today and while it does not specifically address one type of toll over another, it does jumpstart the state process on implementing tolls in Connecticut.

The bill requires the Commissioner of Transportation to develop a program to implement tolls with a plan for revenue, capital cost, operating and maintenance cost and net revenue, implementation schedule, pricing alternatives, effects of capacity, congestion and diversion to other roads. The DOT will also be required to look at the impact on in-state and out-of-state vehicles, the impact on highway users and alternatives for toll administration. The program would be due by January 1st 2016 for consideration of the legislature.

As a Fairfield resident, Devlin is no stranger to congested highways, and putting even more obstacles in the way of Connecticut drivers is not the answer.

Rep. Devlin said, “I am opposed to re-instituting tolls in Connecticut. I continue to believe tolls are bad public policy for our state. Connecticut residents are already facing a whole list of new taxes and fees with the Governor’s proposed budget. These added taxes from tolls just make it tougher to live in our state. I cannot support a proposal that makes it tougher for people to get to school or work.”

“I have serious concerns about traffic effects on the secondary roads in my district if tolls are instituted, particularly the Post Road in Fairfield and Route 111 in Trumbull which already experience significant traffic congestion during peak travel times. These roads would be overwhelmed with drivers that may attempt to avert tolls by finding different routes of travel,” said Rep. Devlin.

“Now that the bill is out of the Transportation Committee, I encourage everyone to contact their legislators and Governor Malloy’s office with their thoughts and concerns on tolls because this is truly the type of policy that would affect the every-day quality of life in our region.”

State Rep. Laura Devlin (Fairfield & Trumbull)

State Rep. Laura Devlin (Fairfield & Trumbull)

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