2013-12-05: The new Democrat Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe said today he’s going to “take a hard look” at whether to proceed with the US460 tollroad in southeastern Virginia. The 55 mile, 89km project to provide a second expressway connection between the I-95 corridor and the Norfolk/Hampton Roads ports area was pushed strongly by his Republican predecessor Bob McDonnell.
A 33 year old man who evaded tolls and the notices-to-pay-toll and the penalties on the Dulles Toll Road managed to run up a bill of $200,000, according to NBC News in Washington. The man, Jason Bourcier admits he regularly drove through the open road toll lanes on nightly trips from his home in Herndon to work in Washington DC. without an E-ZPass account.
Elizabeth River Tunnels have announced their opening of the key customer service center in Portsmouth VA for the start of tolls February 1 next year. The announcement comes just a week after the state supreme court ruled unanimously against as law suit to stop the beginning of toll collection.
2013-10-31: The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of tolls as a legitimate user fee and in favor of upholding a toll concession at the Elizabeth River crossing between Norfolk and Portsmouth.
Virginia state supreme court has upheld the legality of tolls and the P3 at the Elizabeth River Crossing in the Hampton Roads area. The court unanimously rejected the notion that the executive branch of the state had exceeded its powers in delegating toll setting powers, and that tolls were taxes. The court argues at some length that contrary to the complaint of a liigator tolls are a user fee and quite distinct from taxation because a clear benefit is received in return for their payment, and use of a toll facility is a choice.
2013-10-15: There aren't many pikes like this in America now! Dulles Toll Road (DTR) revenues are up 24% over last year according to a report to the monthly meeting of directors this week and heading to the $125m mark for the full year. The strong revenue is the result of toll rate increases and the strong willingness-to-pay of motorists in Northern Virginia's relatively affluent Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
2013-07-14: Virginia's increasingly uncertain arrangements for financing roads are nicely captured in the mixed metaphors of the latest from state governor Bob McDonnell. He has released a "Draft Virginia PPTA Pipeline." Now most pipelines are solid constructs. Once you're in a soundly constructed pipeline you don't get out until you reach the other end. Not under the McDonnell Administration in Richmond however. Virginia has a leaky P3 pipeline!
2013-07-09: The high profile toll lanes project on the DC Capital Beltway saw a major leap in traffic and revenue in the June quarter according to data released to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) by Transurban, the concessionaire.
2013-06-24: Transurban's 495 Express Lanes (495XLs) on the busiest stretch of the Capital Beltway this morning raised their posted speed limit to 65mph versus 55mph previously. 55mph remains the posted speed for the untolled or general purpose lanes alongside. A traffic engineer reader of TOLLROADSnews who drives the Beltway regularly called this morning to say he's noticed a definite rise in usage over the past month, and it was quite busy this morning.
The concessionaire Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC) says it will continue work on the $2 billion modernization of tunnel connections between Norfolk and Portsmouth Virginia despite a Portsmouth circuit court judge's (James A Cales) ruling that the tolls component is unconstitutional.
The state is appealing the decision.