STAMFORD, Conn. — With the state legislature considering bringing toll booths back to Connecticut, Stamford sounded off on The Stamford Daily Voice's Facebook Page with their thoughts about the idea.
“Traffic is bad enough around here tolls are guaranteed to make it worse. And once implemented, they'll just keep going up and up and up...like all other taxes!” Joe Gonzalez said describing it as the “Worst idea ever.”
“That's an accident waiting to happen!” Danette Melchionne said.
“What a mess it would be. What about over spill into the already busy streets? People will get off highway to go around the tolls causing more congestion. Ugh! Nightmare,” Cathy Stahl said.
“They say they are doing it to get rid of the high gas taxes. That's not a good enough reason. I say no to tolls in Connecticut,” T.J. Brandon said.
Tolls were removed from Connecticut highways in 1985 after a crash took place where six people including several children were killed in a toll booth crash in Stratford in 1983. The debate to replace them has been ongoing since.
The toll booth talks were reignited on Feb. 26 when the Joint Committee on Transportation took up several proposed bills to add tolls at Connecticut’s borders to increase revenue and possibly reduce state taxes. Interstate 95 at the New York border is one of the proposed locations toll booths may end up.
There are several reported issues with the tolls including: how much revenue would be raised and where would the money raised from the tolls go.
Visit the Stamford Daily Voice Facebook page to see the full discussion on toll booths and more.