Nobody really likes tolls…. unless they are a better option than the alternatives.
What I do not like is that my daily commute to Grand Central Terminal is now 30 minutes longer. As a consequence, the value of my home in Westport has decreased.
What I do not like is worrying about the safety of the roads and bridges while traveling on the Connecticut highways, since 57 percent of public roads are in poor condition and 338 bridges rated as structurally deficient.
What I really do not like is that these issues are becoming divisive instead of bringing all of the Connecticut residents together to find fair and common sense solutions.
Nobody denies that there is an infrastructure crisis in Connecticut. Connecticut is the only state on the eastern seaboard without tolls to fix these problems.
Bonding is not a sustainable source of revenue. Also, it lets out-of-staters off the hook. Connecticut residents should not have to pay 100 percent of the costs when out-of-state drivers represent 40 percent of the traffic.
Introducing fair, safe and flexible tolls is a much better solution for the long-term safety and health of our beautiful state. Connecticut can do better!
Joëlle Berger lives in Westport.
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