Virginia I-66 TOLLING ripoff
Local DC area news reports of a new effort to reduce traffic congestion in Virginia has drivers in a tizzy. Paying $8.50 at 5:30 in the morning on an empty road.
Here’s a local TV news report on TOLLING gone bad. TOLLS later rose to $34.50!
A second news report:
An advocacy group is calling for the suspension of tolling on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway after some drivers during the first morning of dynamic tolling had to pay up to $34.50.
The advocacy group The 66 Alliance called on Monday afternoon for the tolls on I-66 to be suspended, saying that “Northern Virginia commuters have been sold a bill of goods” by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne.
Founder Greg Scott said in a statement that Layne had predicted “for years” that round-trip tolls on I-66 between the Beltway and D.C. would run about $17 per day. He claimed that he paid $21 to go one-way from the Beltway to the Roosevelt Bridge. He extrapolated that to project that he would pay about $10,000 a year in tolls.
“The 66 Alliance calls on VDOT to suspend the I-66 toll program immediately and for the Virginia General Assembly to investigate VDOT, Secretary Layne and the I-66 toll program before the program is permitted to be re-launched,” Scott said.