NORWALK, Conn. – A proposal to bring back tolls on some Connecticut highways was met with skepticism and a tinge of hostility Monday by Norwalk residents.
Connecticut has not had highway tolls in almost 30 years, but the proposal being debated in the Legislature in Hartford calls for new tolls at the borders to help raise revenue and to lower the state’s gasoline tax.
Norwalk residents on Facebook were largely unimpressed by the plan, but a couple appeared at least willing to listen.
“The most ridiculous idea I have heard in a long time,” wrote Ted Habza.
Marjorie Partch agreed. “I think we should keep them away for the same reasons that they were removed years ago: added pollution, added traffic delays, added accidents, and not that much added revenue.”
The proposal, recently introduced in a legislative subcommittee, has a long way to go before it might even be voted on the General Assembly, much less implemented.
“If we go into New York or Massachusetts we have to pay tolls,” wrote Michelle Beauton Knockwood. “Why not here, too, on the borders? The money raised should go towards roads and bridges, not the general fund.”
Amy Armstrong Koepke wrote that she would not like them but might listen. “Would hate them, but I always said it was stupid to take them down. The on/off type are so much better than the stop-every-few-miles ones, and with EZPass, life is better/safer.”
Norwalk had a toll on Interstate 95 between exits 16 and 17.
“Don't care about the extra cost,” wrote Brinley Ford Ehlers, “but I do care about the extra TRAFFIC that tolls would cause!!!!”
Louis Imperato agreed. “Don't care about the extra cost either. As long as the money stays ON THE ROAD!!! Not into any other General Fund that's discretionary. Nowhere else.”
But for Linda Faucher-Swallow, the answer was simple. “NO, NO & NO.”