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Cambridge Systematics wins CT toll study

Cambridge Systematics has been chosen by Connecticut’s State Transportation Strategy Board to produce a report on tolls and congestion pricing in the state by February 2009.

Connecticut’s toll booths were dismantled 20 years ago after an accident involving a truck and three cars killed seven people at the Stratford I-95 toll plaza.

The state’s toll revenue was replaced with gasoline taxes. Connecticut charges direct taxes per gallon at the pump, and also a gross receipts tax levied on wholesale fuel transactions, which is also passed on to drivers.

“Given our history in the state with the accident in the 1980s, everyone’s skeptical,” says state representative Carlo Leone, who also sits on the legislature’s Transportation Committee. “But we’d be doing a disservice if we didn’t look at it as a potential solution.”

“I would not be for looking at tolls as an extra source of revenue on top of what we’re already getting,” says State Senate minority leader John McKinney.

Earlier this year, a commission created by Connecticut governor Jodi Rell to reform the state Transportation Department recommended E-ZPass tolls to raise additional revenue for infrastructure (see: Connecticut’s Rell backs traffic cameras).

July 21, 2008

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