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Lamont Promotes Truck Highway Fees As Part Of Transportation Plan

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Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont used a visit to the state’s busiest train station to promote his transportation plan, which includes a highway user fee for large trucks.

Lamont said the Stamford Transportation Center needs improvements to keep the city the fastest developing area in the state.

“Stamford is happening right now. A lot of this is a short walk to the train station. And that’s why this transportation system is so important. But as we got to tell our friends up in Hartford, you can’t get something for nothing,” Lamont said.

Lamont said those improvements would depend on lawmakers passing his transportation infrastructure plan that includes what he calls a “heavy truck highway mileage fee.”

The plan is similar to Lamont’s first attempt to get a form of highway tolls through the Legislature two years ago. A bipartisan group of lawmakers had opposed his truck-only highway toll because a similar measure that passed in Rhode Island has been tied up in court by the trucking industry.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.