Retired city firefighter Andy Fardy would like to take a hose to politicians opposed to tolls that he writes would create a revenue windfall for Connecticut. The state abolished tolls a few decades ago, but many states now operate modern toll facilities much less intrusive that generate needed cash. Fardy shares his observations:
While traveling from Bridgeport to Norwalk this AM I was amazed at the number of out-of-state cars and trucks that were on the highway. I started thinking all of these out-of-state vehicles are using the highways of Connecticut for free. We the citizens of Connecticut are paying 100% of the road maintenance for our highways. We are one of the few states in the continental US that have no tolls. We live in a state of taxes and expense yet when the state government gets a chance to get us a little monetary relief, they refuse to act.
The politicians will tell you they will vote no for tolls because we will lose Federal highway funds. That’s baloney, just look at the tolls in New York and New Jersey and they get Federal funds for highways.
You will here from people who will talk about accidents at toll booths and at the Stratford Connecticut toll where seven people died in a fiery crash. They won’t tell you the accident was due to a design flaw in the highway.
There will be people from Connecticut who will argue against tolls on our borders, these are the same people who will travel to New York city and pay outrageous bridge tolls and not say a thing. It’s time people coming into Connecticut pay to use our roadways, after all they help damage them.
Placing tolls on our borders where highways enter the state will provide millions and millions of dollars in Revenue. With E-Z pass the inconvenience if any to the motoring public will be minimal, there are E-Z pass lanes where you can still maintain a speed of 55 when passing through the toll.
Here are some numbers to digest:
George Washington Bridge $2,000,000,000 a year
New Jersey Road Tolls 2013 $1,393,658,000
E-Z Pass Fee $47,315,000
Concession Revenue $34,990,000
Port Authority Toll 2011-12 $602,000,000
New York State Thruway one month only $28,432,627
This is a lot of money that could be helping Connecticut pay for its road repairs and construction. The politicians don’t mind taxing the citizens to death but they seem to be afraid to tax out-of-staters entering Connecticut. Go figure.