New Poll Shows Support for Connecticut Adopting Tolls to Upgrade Aging Infrastructure

An elevated section of I-84 through Hartford.

The release of a poll conducted by Sacred Heart University shows the majority of Connecticut residents likely support tolling.

“The majority of Connecticut residents – over 50 percent – likely support tolling when they learn that the funds generated will be subject to protections, such as the state transportation lockbox, as approved by Connecticut voters, as well as federal law that mandates use on transportation infrastructure only,” said Lamont’s Senior Advisor Colleen Flanagan Johnson.

The majority of respondents — 54.5 percent — reported they would alter their driving habits by avoiding toll roads should e-tolling be implemented on major highways in the state.

In addition, while 39.8 percent of respondents believe the expected revenue of $1 billion would be worth a $100-million investment by the state to implement e-tolling, 38.5 percent do not believe e-tolling is worth such an investment. However, 36.2 percent of respondents are “more likely” to support this initiative if the state puts the funds into the transportation lockbox and guarantee it would only be spent on roads, bridges and highways.

“Today’s poll underscores Connecticut’s need to move forward with a sustainable, reliable and protected revenue source – 40 percent of which will be paid for by people who don’t even live in our state – to make the upgrades and enhancements necessary to support Connecticut’s economic growth. This poll confirms what we already know: Governor Lamont’s plan has broad support from residents, labor, business, and elected officials, and our state’s residents categorically reject the Republican plan, which calls for more borrowing paid for entirely by Connecticut’s future generations.” added Advisor Colleen Flanagan Johnson.

In addition to discounts for Connecticut E-Z Pass holders, as well as frequent commuters, Governor Lamont’s administration has studied how other states reduce tolling costs for low-income individuals and families.

For more information about Governor Lamont’s proposal, please visit his website.

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