Steve Cassano

Key Committee Approves First Step Toward Tolls

Key Committee Approves First Step Toward Tolls

A legislative committee voted Thursday to take the first step toward installing electronic highway tolls — a highly controversial idea that has been rejected in Connecticut in recent years.

The transportation committee voted for a plan that calls for installing tolls on Interstates 95, 91, and 84, along with the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways. Previous proposals to install tolls on other intrastate highways, such as Route 9 and Route 2, have been dropped from the latest plan.

The committee voted 19 to 17 along party lines with Democrats in favor of tolls and Republicans against.

Rep. Tony Guerrera, a Rocky Hill Democrat who co-chairs the transportation committee, said...