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East Bay Residents Protest Bridge Toll

East Bay Residents Protest Bridge Toll

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Residents and business owners angered by plans to impose a toll on the new Sakonnet River Bridge have descended on the Rhode Island Statehouse to voice their opposition.
 
Thursday's protest comes as lawmakers from the East Bay push legislation that would eliminate the tolls, which are set to begin in July.
 
The state intends to charge 75 cents for drivers with in-state EZPass transponders, $3.75 for those with out-of-state transponders and $5.25 for motorists without a transponder.
 
Many local residents and business owners have complained that the tolls would pose a financial burden to commuters and discourage tourists from visiting Aquidneck Island. But state transportation officials say the tolls are needed to raise revenue for bridge maintenance.

 

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