Why trying tolls makes good sense

I went to Portsmouth, R.I. − $4 over the Newport bridge and $4 back. That's a lot of money. Even if Connecticut got $2 each way, think of the money that could be raised for road improvements so more tourists could use our roads to get to their destinations in southeastern Connecticut.

EZ-Pass as used on the Newport bridge (also the Tappan Zee) could be used to mitigate traffic backup. Connecticut residents and employees of Connecticut businesses could be issued a special pass.

People just travelling through to destinations in Rhode Island and Cape Cod wouldn't think two bucks was too much; and think of the revenue that would raise.

Do it! Start with one bridge. If it doesn't work, at least you've tried.

Karen Krohn



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