Feds push tolling plan on state legislators

| 3/22/2007

Officials from the Federal Highway Administration met with state and local lawmakers in Connecticut this week to urge them to adopt a tolling plan that would implement higher tolls during times of higher traffic congestion.

According to the administration, the method is called congestion or peak period pricing, and relies on electronic tolling rather than the manual collection of tolls.

The Stamford Advocate reported that some state lawmakers at the meeting - which was at the Westport Connecticut Police Department - were skeptical of the idea, questioning whether such a pricing scheme would be fair for lower-income drivers who might have less-flexible work schedules.

The Federal Highway Administration says congestion tolling has been used successfully in London, Stockholm and Singapore. In the U.S., it is used in San Diego and Orange Counties in California.