VTRANS Studying Whether to Add Tolls to Some VT Roads

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/21 2014 04:48PM

Updated 05/21 2014 06:18PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. - VTRANS says don't expect tolls in Vermont anytime soon.

The agency did say though that they're exploring the possibility and whether the state can even afford it. This comes after President Barack Obama suggested an addition to the transportation bill which lets states without tolls get permission from the legislature.

Right now, tolls are not allowed on Vermont highways. However, a study could look into parts of Interstate 89 and also the Canadian border. 

"That would help Vermonters pay less, we have many traverlers on our system that currently don't pay for the roads they use," Deputy Secretary of VTRANS Sue Minter said.

"I think it's very easy for us to lose sight of that we need to look at different funding options for different things we need and roads being one of them," Trudy Marineau, Berlin Resident, said.

VTRANS hopes to have the study complete by the next legislative session. 

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