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Gainesville supervisor asks governor to suspend I-66 tolling, develop a “rational” plan

Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to immediately suspend the tolling on I-66 in order to develop a “rational plan that protects commuters from the exorbitant toll-gouging that is evidenced in the current I-66 tolling fees.”

In a news release, Candland said when the tolling proposal was presented to the Virginia General Assembly and to the public, it stated the highest price a commuter would expect to pay for a round-trip commute would be $17.

He said, “This has already proven to be false as the peak fare in the first day of tolling topped $69 round trip. The following day tolls topped $40 for a one-way trip—for a total of as much as $80 for a round-trip commute.”

He termed the information circulated by the McAuliffe Administration, VDOT, and regional transportation officials “grossly and wildly incorrect,” and said it “calls into question the integrity of the current approval for this project.”

Candland is calling for an investigation into the approval of this tolling plan, and a serious review to be conducted on placing caps on the daily round-trip tolling “to protect commuters when the tolling is restarted.”

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