DMV hikes may help ease highway traffic

A proposal to raise millions of dollars for major transportation improvement projects appears headed for passage in the state legislature. The proposal would raise between $20 million to $30 million a year by increasing DMV fees. The money would go for projects such as developing Connecticut ports to handle barges that carry trucks from New York and New Jersey, and for buying several dozen new rail cars to add commuter capacity on Metro North. The proposal also earmarks transportation projects in other parts of the state. House Speaker Moira Lyons (D-Stamford) is pushing the plan as a beginning in solving Connecticut's traffic problem, claiming the fee increases amount to only a couple of bucks a year. Lawmakers on both sides of the issue are wondering if Governor Rowland (R-CT) will sign it into law.

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