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Could Tolls Return To Connecticut Highways?

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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.

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