Could Tolls Return To Connecticut Highways?
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is studying the idea of congestion tolling, whether charging drivers a premium to avoid highway gridlock during peak hours.
A project using a federal grant is looking into whether drivers in Southwestern Connecticut and on I-84 in Hartford, specifically the Aetna viaduct, would be more likely to use other modes of transportation if tolls were charged when traffic is heavy – or, if tolls were to be revived, if charging higher tolls in peak times would improve traffic patterns.
A spokesman says any decision is still years away, and would require legislative approval.
Congestion pricing is used elsewhere to reduce traffic, encourage other modes of transportation, and fund highway improvements.