Debate over highway tolls to return to state Capitol

State Capitol in Hartford (WTNH / Tom Parent)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The issue of whether tolls should be placed along Connecticut’s highways is returning to the state Capitol once again.

Several bills have been proposed by lawmakers this session that would usher in electronic tolls. The General Assembly’s Transportation Committee will meet Monday to decide whether to hold a hearing on those bills.

A special panel last year recommended congestion tolling — typically a fee charged to drivers during peak travel times — as a way to help pay for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s planned $100 million overhaul of transportation infrastructure.

The Democrat recently told Fox 61 that tolls could be part of a “long-term solution,” noting it could take four years to get a system up and running.

Tolls have been proposed in previous sessions but the bills failed.

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