Dueling toll bills on Transportation Committee’s agenda

From Waterbury Republican American.

Naugatuck businessman John Pruchnicki guesses that highway tolls could cost his petroleum transportation business $200,000 to $300,000 a year.

Without an actual tolling plan, he can only ballpark an estimate of how much the fleet of 22 tanker trucks operating out of the Ansonia and Bloomfield terminals of Coastal Carriers of Connecticut would pay.

“There are people throwing around all these crazy numbers, but we don’t really know 100 percent,” said Pruchnicki, the president and co-owner of the Ansonia-based trucking company.

State lawmakers and Gov. Ned Lamont could finally authorize the state Department of Transportation to develop a full-fledged plan to answer all the lingering questions concerning how an all-electronic tolling system might operate here, including who will pay what.