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Conn. lawmakers debate resurrecting highway tolls

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Another plan to reinstitute highways tolls in Connecticut is heading for a debate in the state legislature.

The General Assembly's Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing Monday on various proposals to establish tolls along Connecticut's borders, throughout the state and on Route 11 in southeastern Connecticut.

The goal of some of the bills is to generate revenue to help reduce the state's gasoline tax.

One proposal calls for creating a tolling system that would charge drivers various rates for driving during peak travel times or on congested highways. Vehicles would be equipped with electronic sensors.

Connecticut got rid of its highway tolls in 1985, two years after a tractor-trailer crash at a Stratford toll booth killed seven people.

Lawmakers have considered various plans to resurrect tolls in recent years.

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