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New Train Station In Bridgeport Is Part Of Lamont's Toll Proposal

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont. Photo Credit: Provided

Several new train stations may be coming to Connecticut - including one in Fairfield County - under Gov. Ned Lamont’s toll plan proposal.

Poll
Do You Support Tolls On Connecticut Highways To Improve Infrastructure Statewide?
Final Results Voting Closed

Do You Support Tolls On Connecticut Highways To Improve Infrastructure Statewide?

  • Yes.
    24%
  • No.
    72%
  • Undecided.
    4%

Earlier this month, the governor released a 24-page preliminary draft of his electronic highway tolling plan, which calls for no more than 50 gantries on Interstates 91, 95, 84, and along Route 15, which includes the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways.

As part of the proposal, new train stations would be constructed in Bridgeport, Hartford and Newington, though that plan has reportedly come under fire. According to reports, Republicans in Connecticut are fighting against the proposal, stating that it is simply a measure to bring Bridgeport representatives to the table.

“I’ve met with Republican leadership and I have invited them to the table in our special session,” Lamont said in a statement. “They agree that the current state of our infrastructure system should not be a partisan problem, and I welcome and encourage their participation in this special session.”

Lamont has also proposed creating a commission controlled by state lawmakers that would be tasked with overseeing rates, how toll revenues are distributed and what is considered peak and off-peak. Votes on either measure have been until after the end of the 2019 General Assembly on June 5.

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