Connecticut is planning to put truck-only tolls in place at several locations around the state. A new plan unveiled by the governor last week hopes to finance $19.4 billion to make improvements to the state’s infrastructure.
When he was running for office, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont campaigned on a truck-only toll to repair the state’s infrastructure. Soon after he was elected to office, Lamont got cold feet, apparently worried about the legal challenges facing Rhode Island’s truck-only tolls. When he proposed a ‘truck-mostly toll’ that would toll both trucks and cars, lawmakers revolted, worried that voters wouldn’t like it.
Now Lamont is back to his original plan: Raise money from truckers. Especially out-of-state truckers.
According to the website for the governor’s plan, tolls will range from $1.25 to $12.80. The price will change based on location, type of truck, and whether the vehicle is registered out-of-state. The plan brags that “almost 50% of the truck toll revenue is generated by out-of-state vehicles.”
If they go into effect, the Connecticut truck-only tolls will likely face the same types of legal challenges that Rhode Island’s tolls have. Primarily, opponents of the tolls argue that they violate the constitution by becoming a burden on interstate commerce.