Group may study whether to toll drivers based on congestion

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by Philip Townsend, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM

HAMPTON---Transportation leaders may study whether to toll drivers at the Monitor Merrimac and Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnels based on the amount of congestion.
 
The idea involves only tolling drivers when there is major traffic at the tunnel.  If there's no backup there wouldn't be a toll.
 
Supporters say the strategy could convince enough drivers to use the crossings at off-peak hours, or take other routes, and that small group would play a big part in relieving congestion altogether.
 
"Ideally, when congestion tolling works perfectly, no one pays a toll," said Hampton Mayor Molly Ward. "What you have is constant data available. If there was no congestion at a crossing then you wouldn't pay anything."
 
Ward, who is also the Board Chair of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, says the group will vote to pursue a study of tolls at both bridge tunnels at its meeting Thursday.

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