Griebel suggests testing tolls on Hartford’s HOV lanes

HARTFORD — An independent candidate for Connecticut governor says a pilot program should be started in 2019 to test electronic highway tolls on the Harford area’s high-occupancy-vehicle lanes along Interstate 84.

Oz Griebel said again Friday he supports tolls, pledging to establish a system on Interstates 84, 91 and 95 within three years of being elected governor. Griebel says the pilot program would provide valuable information to begin tolling on all three highways.

Griebel is a former banker and head of the Hartford region’s largest business organization. He was also chair of the now-defunct Transportation Strategy Board, which he says should be resurrected to better plan and fund transportation investments.

Griebel says he strongly supports a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot ensuring transportation revenues are spent on transportation.