Why not 'user's fees' for our highways?
As your editorial, “Close the deal on tolls, improve state ranking,” (May 16), stated tolls are a “difficult, unpopular but necessary move.” Connecticut needs to stop relying solely on taxes on residents to provide a source of funding. Let those who pass through on our highways contribute to their upkeep and other transportation needs. I can’t go anywhere on my list of destinations from Maine to Delaware without paying a toll. It is about time out-of-state drivers paid tolls in Connecticut instead of getting a free ride.
We need to learn from the successes of our neighboring state. E-Z passes are very manageable. Discounts to residents make sense. The placement of gantries matters. For instance, the Groton/New London area is not unlike the Portsmouth (New Hampshire)/Kittery (Maine) area where the bridge is used as a local route by residents. The gantries there are not at the bridge; rather they are three to eight miles away, allowing residents to travel to work or shop without the toll.
We tout New London as a transportation center. I can pay a "user’s fee” and ride the ferry to Long Island, the bus to New Haven or the train to Boston. But there is no “user’s fee” for those using I-95 and just passing through. It doesn’t make sense!
Stories that may interest you
The news story, “At business breakfast, Republicans say legislature has ‘declared war on small businesses’,” (June 12), paints...
Canard, an unfounded rumor or story? So that's the Day’s editorial opinion regarding the effect of a large company moving its...
I endorse Martin T. Olsen as the next mayor for the City of New London. For the past 19 years, I have been a resident in New London, lived in downtown, occupied as a freelance artist and from 2010–2013. During his time serving as mayor in 2010 to 2011, as selected by the...
A recent commentary, “Guns: a public health problem for everyone,” (June 10), featured the voices of two clergywomen, wherein both expressed well-intended concerns over...