Gov. Lamont says new plan for tolls ‘ready to go’

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Gov. Ned Lamont says his new plan for tolls is "ready to go” and today he told Connecticut lawmakers to stop talking and start voting.

With just weeks left in the legislative session, he wants a vote soon.

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"I'm ready for them to bring that out to the floor,” Lamont said. 

But in Hartford, transportation leaders say the bill isn't ready yet and may not be for another week or so.

What is known so far is that the plan includes the Merritt Parkway and all three interstates. Rates would be roughly four cents a mile, but in-state drivers may only pay half that.

To sweeten the deal, Lamont is now offering to freeze rates for three years. For low-income drivers, he's offering credits pre-loaded on your EZ-Pass. And before tolls could be implemented, a new commission including Democrats and Republicans would have to give the OK.

Gov. Lamont abandoned an idea for tolls on trucks only, as well as an idea to leave tolls off the Merritt Parkway. Lamont says he originally floated the idea to drum up more support for tolls.

 

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