The state Department of Transportation has released new information on a preliminary study on tolls in Connecticut.
A map, put out as part of the study, shows where electronic tolls or gantries would be if Connecticut goes forward for a plan to bring tolls to the state.
The proposal puts a total of 82 gantries on all major highways including Routes 15, 8, 9 and 2. The study estimates tolls would generate more than $1 billion a year in revenue for the state’s transportation needs.
"You’re basically paying and exclusively paying based on the distance you’ve traveled," Tom Maziarz, chief of planning at CT DOT explained.
Based on the proposal, in-state drivers would get discounts and pay as low as 3.5 cents per mile.
"Thirty percent of toll revenue would come from trucks," Maziarz said. “On top of that about 40 percent of cars and trucks revenue would come from out of state."
This is not the $10 million toll study Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed - it’s a preliminary evaluation paid for by the DOT. It’s been in draft for several months and was released yesterday.
The Yankee Institute for Public Policy says:
"The plan to offer in-state residents a ‘discount’ on toll rates is a farce. A new tax on our residents is not a 'discount,' it’s just more money out of their pocket."
NBC Connecticut reached out to the governor’s office for comment but has not yet heard back.