Connecticut’s toll-wary truckers tally their economic benefits

From the Hartford Business Journal.

Connecticut’s trucking industry delivers some $3.2 billion in pay to its workers annually, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg in calculating the sector’s financial and other contributions to the communities it serves, fresh data shows.

Connecticut’s 58,400 trucking jobs annually earn an average of $54,350 per worker, says the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). Based in Arlington, Va., ATRI jointly released its data Thursday via the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) in Hartford.

“These numbers prove once again what the hard-working men and women in the industry already know; the trucking industry provides good-paying jobs and great career opportunities,” MTAC President Joe Sculley said in a statement.

“Our employees also know that the trucking industry is the backbone of the economy,” he said.

The ATRI data comes amid growing concerns among Connecticut’s truckers about the potential for state lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session to seriously weigh tolling state highways to fund road maintenance and other transportation infrastructure.

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