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Old 12-18-2017, 09:18 AM  
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I-66 Express Lane Toll Hits Record High: $44 One Way

If you don't think that Wash DC has taken too much money from the taxpayers, just look at this absurdity and that now the top 5 counties in the US for highest per capita income ALL ring DC and 11 of the top 21.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/l...464401153.html

Prices to travel on the I-66 Express Lanes jumped to a new record high for several minutes Thursday morning, forcing solo drivers to pay $44 to use the lanes to travel one way.

A surge of traffic trying to escape congestion caused by a crash on I-395 likely caused the price to spike. The $44 toll was only in effect for about six minutes, the Virginia Department of Transportation said.

Only drivers who weren't traveling in a carpool had to pay the $44 fare. It's unclear if anyone actually was charged that record-high fare to travel on the lanes.

The toll prices, which fluctuate based on how many drivers are on the road, previously topped out at $40, News4 reported.

The I-66 Express Lanes were opened to solo drivers for the first time Dec. 4. On their first day, drivers saw peak fares reach $34.50 for a trip from I-495 North to the District.

The high prices sparked outrage on social media: many drivers didn't want to pay such high prices to access the toll road.

The average cost of travelling both ways on the Express Lanes during opening week was $14.27, according to VDOT.

But others said the tolls were working as intended.


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I literally have nothing else for you except that you now have an option to use a road during rush hour that you didn't have last week. Simple as that. https://twitter.com/grace4herndon/st...28228558934016

VDOT said vehicles were moving about 55 mph over the first days of dynamic tolling, compared to about 34 mph at this time last year. The toll prices are designed to rise when many people want to use the road and lower when road use is lessened.

Were already seeing improved travel times, Michelle Holland, a spokeswoman for VDOT told News4.

Those high prices caused concerns for single drivers, and a Loudoun County, Virginia, lawmaker wants to put a cap on pricing as well as shrink the amount of time the tolls can be collected.

This is just way over the top, said Supervisor Ron Meyer, R-Loudoun County. It's only affordable for people who are mega millionaires, and it's just not appropriate."

Meyer is on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the agency that receives the revenue generated by the I-66 tolls. He said the increased money would definitely help with other projects, but the costs are too high.

"We like the extra transit revenue," Meyer said. We want to build more projects, and people are getting a service being able to drive single occupancy vehicles on (Interstate) 66. But it needs to be affordable."

Holland said capping the toll prices are going to result in clogged roads.

"If you cap it, it's not going to works as well," she said. "The whole reason we're doing this is to provide a more manageable and a more consistent commute. If they choose to pay that price or if they carpool, they're going to get through 66 in a more reliable timeframe."
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:36 AM   #2
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There is one and only one party in America for less government and lower taxes.

That is the Libertarian Party.


The GOP was that way until 1998, but is since obsessed with "W-nomics," tax cuts and massive spending INCREASES.

There isn't a fiscal conservative in the GOP leadership today, not one.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:04 AM   #3
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If liberals want to be idiots, fine. Find a nice liberal state. But, don't eff up your areas, move to a conservative area, and try to pass the same garbage. Liberals aren't any better than muslims coming to Europe and ruining everything.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:10 AM   #4
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If liberals want to be idiots, fine. Find a nice liberal state. But, don't eff up your areas, move to a conservative area, and try to pass the same garbage. Liberals aren't any better than muslims coming to Europe and ruining everything.
You'd have to be aware that you're effing things up and somehow that escapes liberals.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:12 AM   #5
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"Liberals" steal from the taxpayer.

The only way to "mess that up" is to CUT SPENDING.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:14 AM   #6
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Just think of it as Net Neutrality. If you want faster access, pay a higher fee!

(btw, I think it's bullshit as well.)
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:33 AM   #7
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I'm sure it's mostly swamp denizens who got caught up in it, though.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:38 AM   #8
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There is one and only one party in America for less government and lower taxes.

That is the Libertarian Party.


The GOP was that way until 1998, but is since obsessed with "W-nomics," tax cuts and massive spending INCREASES.

There isn't a fiscal conservative in the GOP leadership today, not one.
I agree.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:39 AM   #9
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:39 AM   #10
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Just think of it as Net Neutrality. If you want faster access, pay a higher fee!

(btw, I think it's bullshit as well.)
Except this is a state action—where there is no competition. It is not the private sector. You socialists never make such distinctions.

Plus you're using the thread to opinion spam on NN, when there is more than one thread for it.
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Old 12-18-2017, 11:13 AM   #14
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Seems like this is a RW dream. Price fluctuates with demand, actual users are paying for the road and not the Joe Sixpack who doesn't use it, don't want to pay, then **** off and choose another road.
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Old 12-18-2017, 11:29 AM   #15
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Prior to this, 66 was HOV only during rush hour into and then out of the city so everybody out there already had alternate routes at their disposal. They can check the toll rates before leaving the house. The goal is to keep traffic moving an average of like 50 mph or thereabouts. Evidently, it has achieved that goal. Problem is that 66 needed to be widened before all of this. The pricing just indicates how desperately it needs to be widened but the counties have built up so close to the roadway that I don't think it is possible.
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