From CT Post.
Rhode Island’s early success with electronic truck tolls on several highways may offer a road map for Governor-elect Ned Lamont’s plan to generate revenue in Connecticut.
Since two toll gantries were installed over a section of I-95 in June, Rhode Island has exceeded revenue projections, bringing in $1.9 million in the first quarter from big rigs — almost $87,000 more than expected.
The state plans to eventually place12 overhead toll gantries on six highway corridors to generate $450 million over 10 years. The gantries use overhead cameras to read license plates and send bills to the registered owner.
Democratic leaders who hold a majority in the Connecticut House and Senate said they are open to Lamont’s campaign pledge to install truck tolls on the state’s highways and major routes.
The new Democratic governor predicted truck tolls could generate a $100 million a year for road, rail and bridge repairs.
“I’m sure he will introduce [truck tolls] and I will support that,” said Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven. “If the governor wants to begin with that as an incremental step, I would support that.”
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