Tamara Rollison 804-786-2715
May 29, 2012
VDOT ACCEPTS PUBLIC COMMENTS FOR PROPOSED E-ZPASS FEE THROUGH JUNE 12, 2012
RICHMOND - With Virginia’s E-ZPass program doubling over the next several years as new toll roads open, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is proposing a monthly fee of about $1 per transponder to pay for administrative and operations costs.
As the E-ZPass program grows, so will VDOT’s costs for maintaining and operating the program. All revenues from the fee would pay for the expanded program.
The I-495 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia opens at the end of the year, and toll collection is scheduled to begin in January 2014 for the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Extension in Hampton Roads. The Jordan Bridge in Hampton Roads will begin collecting tolls this summer and there are other toll roads planned for the future. Tolls will be collected electronically by charging E-ZPass accounts. The proposed monthly fee would cover costs for:
- Buying nearly one-half million transponders
- Implementing a retail program where transponders can be obtained at various stores in Northern Virginia and eventually Hampton Roads
- Providing service at select DMV locations
- Upgrading information technology to accommodate the expanded program
- Account management and processing of toll transactions (managing billing of all transactions)
- Customer service and the operations of three customer service centers
VDOT is accepting public comments through 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012. All comments will be reviewed and taken into consideration prior to the final decision on the proposed fee structure. VDOT started taking comments April 19, 2012.
Citizens can go to www.virginiadot.org/e-zpass for information on the proposed monthly fee increase and provide their comments online. They can submit their comments directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to:
Office of Communications – Third Floor/Annex Bldg.
Virginia Department of Transportation
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219
VDOT expects to have a final decision in June.
VDOT manages the administration and customer service of E-ZPass in Virginia, which supports all toll roads in the state.
- Dulles Toll Road (operated by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority)
- Dulles Greenway (owned and operated by TRIP II)
- I-495 Express Lanes – open by end of year (to be operated by Transurban)
- I-95 Express Lanes – scheduled to begin construction this year (to be operated by Transurban)
Richmond Metropolitan Area
- RMA – Downtown Expressway, Powhite Parkway and Boulevard Bridge (operated by Richmond Metropolitan Authority – RMA)
- Powhite Parkway Extension (operated by VDOT)
- Pocahontas Parkway (operated by Transurban)
Hampton Roads Region
- Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (operated by Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Authority – CBBT)
- George P. Coleman Bridge (operated by VDOT)
- Chesapeake Expressway (operated by the City of Chesapeake)
- Jordan Bridge – open in July 2012 (to be operated by South Norfolk Jordan Bridge LLC )
- Downtown/Midtown/MLK Extension – toll collection scheduled to begin in January 2014 (to be operated by Elizabeth River Crossings)
- Route 460 – construction scheduled to begin next year (to be determined)
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