Connecticut faces a crisis in transportation funding. We need to sell the idea.

Dec 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Transportation

… Connecticut can toll intrastate highways, new bridges (we blew the chance to toll the new Q bridge in New Haven) and new lanes in some cases, but not interstates. It would take a change in federal law.

The gas tax is also a user fee but, as at the federal level, raising it is politically difficult. Gov. Malloy proposed a 3 cent increase last year, and it went nowhere.

q-bridge-new-havenWhat’s needed is marketing. Most people aren’t stupid; they understand that transportation is essential to the state’s economy and quality of life, that it costs money and that the money doesn’t come from the tooth fairy. But they need to know what they are paying for.

Voters around the country approved more than three-quarters of transit referendums in the past five years, even if it has meant taxing themselves.

The takeaway: Voters might not approve $100 million for “infrastructure,” but they might go for a “one-hour ride to New York.”

For more on this story, visit: Connecticut faces a crisis in transportation funding. We need to sell the idea. – Courant.com.

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One Comment to “Connecticut faces a crisis in transportation funding. We need to sell the idea.”

  1. Joe Cascio says:

    How come New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts all collect tolls on Interstates, but CT can’t?

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