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Connecticut approved for federal highway toll pilot project

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

The Federal Highway Administration has approved Connecticut for a pilot program installing an electronic toll system.

The pilot program for so-called value-pricing bypasses a federal ban on federal highway tolls by offering an exemption that allows certain types of electronic tolls.

Value-pricing, or congestion pricing as it's sometimes called, assigns values for trips at different times and places for different motorists to encourage driving at different times and places to reduce congestion.

The tolls can be placed on designated express lanes, along borders and sections of highway if the revenue generated finances public works improvements. 

Hearst Connecticut Media reports that hundreds of opponents have taken to the website of the legislature's Transportation Committee. 

The study is focused on the New York corridor of Interstate 95 to New Haven and Interstate 84 around Hartford.

Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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