Tolls continue to rise for I-66 Express Lanes

(Photo, ABC7) 

Tolls continued to rise for solo riders Tuesday just one day after Express Lanes inside the Beltway opened on Interstate 66.

The highest toll from Monday was at 8:36 a.m. and came in at $34.50.

As of 8:08 a.m. Tuesday, the highest toll registered at $40.

Important to note, this entire section of the interstate is Express Lanes only, and requires an E-ZPass to avoid a toll during the rush hours. Drivers traveling with more than one person in their vehicle can travel for free with an E-ZPass Flex in the HOV mode.

Without an E-ZPass all drivers will be charged the toll.

Check prices on the I-66 Express Lanes:

During the evening rush hour, the prices to go the whole length of 66 inside the Beltway westbound didn’t go nearly as high as the morning on Monday.

Most of the time the price hovered between six and nine dollars, but for a brief period around 6:15 p.m. the price jumped to $12.50 for the whole nine miles.

Click here to purchase an E-ZPass.

On Tuesday, Pete Candland, the Prince William County Gainsville District supervisor, called for immediate suspension of the tolling on 66.

Candland said in a statement, he wants Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to "develop a rational plan that protects commuters from the exorbitant toll-gouging that is evidenced in the current I-66 tolling fees."

He says when the tolls were first proposed, the highest a commuter was expected to pay for a commute was $17 roundtrip.

Read the statement in full below:

"Prince William County Gainesville District Supervisor Pete Candland urges Gov. McAuliffe to immediately suspend the tolling on I-66 and develop a rational plan that protects commuters from the exorbitant toll-gouging that is evidenced in the current I-66 tolling fees.
When the enacted tolling proposal was presented to the Legislature and the public the proposal stated the highest price a commuter would expect to pay for a round-trip commute would be $17. 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.
We believe that the information circulated by the McAuliffe Administration, VDOT, and regional transportation officials has proven to be grossly and wildly incorrect, and calls into question the integrity of the current approval for this project.
Supervisor Candland urges an investigation into the now-discredited public relations campaign that secured the approval of this tolling plan, and a serious review be conducted on placing caps on the daily round-trip tolling to protect commuters when the tolling is restarted."

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