Connecticut mulls electronic tolls to ease traffic

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Debate in Connecticut over highway tolls never ends.

Tolls were eliminated on the state’s highways 30 years ago, but discussions on replacing the lost revenue have continued. Now the Department of Transportation is taking another look at establishing electronic tolls to reduce highway congestion.

The agency met twice last week for national and local experts to discuss how tolls could reduce congestion. Transportation planners say congestion pricing would improve traffic by charging different rates to motorists to avoid rush hour and instead drive during off-peak hours or on less-crowded roads.

Tony Guerrera, House chairman of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, has pushed to bring back tolls to raise revenue. He welcomes talk about tolls even if it’s to prod motorists to instead take the train or bus.

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