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AAA Poll: Plurality of CT Drivers, But Not a Majority, Say Tolls Are Best Way to Finance Transportation

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Connecticut motorists support tolling over other transportation funding options, and strongly support a constitutional amendment for a transportation lock box, according to a statewide survey by two American Automobile Association clubs in the state. According to the exclusive AAA poll, almost three times as many Connecticut drivers support tolls (47%) over any of the other options, but none of the proposed solutions garnered majority support. __________

— an announcement from AAA Northeast


The survey, conducted for AAA Allied and AAA Northeast  from Jan. 12-14, asked 980 Connecticut drivers their opinions on transportation funding issues. The AAA survey found:
o   Adding tolls on existing Connecticut interstates — 47%
o   Increasing federal and state gas taxes instead of tolls — 16%
o   Charging a fee based on annual miles driven — 5%
o   Don’t support any of the three options above — 30%
o   Don’t believe additional funding is needed — 2%
This November, Connecticut voters will be asked to approve or deny a constitutional amendment requiring that transportation-related fees are dedicated solely to the state’s Special Transportation Fund and not diverted to other uses.