Connecticut is looking at new ways to fight traffic and it could impact your wallet.
It’s a new form of tolling, utilizing "congestion pricing". That means drivers who wish to beat the rush could possible use electronically tolled express lanes. Those supporting the measure says it’s a strategy using our infrastructure more efficiently, giving drivers more options.
It’s a system meant to deter people from driving during peak hours by charging higher prices at these tolls during rush hour times.
Traffic is a problem continuing to worsen, especially here on Connecticut's I-95. Research shows that between 2001 and 2011, traffic increased by 19 prcent. And, in 2011 the total cost of traffic to residents and busiesses rested 860 million dollars.
Electronic tolling is still being studied here in Connecticut. The state held a panel discussion on the topic this past week. But in some cities, like San Diego and Miami, it’s the real deal. And, highways like I-95 here in Connecticut could soon join the pack.
There is one other selling point to this initative: revenue. The state could gain much needed funds, which right now it gains from a gas tax. But, as cars become more fuel efficient, this proposal could become the money-making solution.