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Virginia General Assembly Passes Legislation Opposing Tolls on I-95

- NATSO and ATA lead successful campaign in opposition to tolling -

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Trucking Associations and NATSO, representing America's travel plazas and truckstops, praised the Virginia General Assembly for taking a stand against tolling of existing interstates.   The transportation legislation that passed today by the Virginia General Assembly puts an end to the Virginia Department of Transportation's plan to toll I-95 and is an overwhelming sign of growing opposition to tolls on existing interstates.

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The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that requires legislative approval of tolls on I-95 South of Fredericksburg.  While not an outright ban on tolling, the Virginia General Assembly has made it clear that they do not support tolling and will not move forward with any plans to toll I-95 South of Fredericksburg.

"By looking at, then rejecting tolls in favor of more efficient revenue sources, Virginia lawmakers have provided a solid example for states looking to finance needed transportation infrastructure," ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. 

The approved tolling language within the comprehensive transportation plan requires that, "No tolls shall be imposed or collected on Interstate 95 south of Fredericksburg pursuant to the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program without the prior approval of the General Assembly."

ATA and NATSO joined forces about a year ago to fight tolling proposals in Virginia and North Carolina.  Both states sought the authority to toll I-95 under the Interstate Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Program, a Federal Highway Administration pilot program created by Congress in 1998 that allows the conversion of an existing interstate to a toll facility.  Since the program was created, numerous states have spent millions of dollars seeking FHWA approval. But due to public opposition, among other reasons, not one state has implemented tolling under the program.  ATA and NATSO are calling on Congress to repeal the pilot program.

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings called on Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell to sign the legislation. "Tolls would have unjustly burdened businesses located along Interstate 95 (I-95), and encouraged tourists to bypass the state. Today's action will send a message that Virginia is open for business and tourism." 

Mullings said the state's plan to toll I-95 at a single location a few miles from the North Carolina is akin to a border tax.  "Now is not the time to tax tourists and businesses and we hope North Carolina, which is also considering tolling on I-95, will follow Virginia's lead."

"While no plan is perfect, Virginia's sound rejection of tolling should be a model for other states," Graves said. "I've long said 'Roads aren't free and they aren't cheap,' and we have to as a country figure out the best way to pay for them.

"While Wall Street finance wizards and so-called 'free market' advocates will continue to beat the drum for tolling, as a former Governor, I can tell you tolls are not the conservative solution to paying for our roads," he said. "New tolls mean new bureaucracy and new inefficiency, and in some cases they mean new danger as traffic diverts from toll roads to smaller secondary routes. We're pleased that Virginians recognize this and made the right decision for Virginians and interstate travelers."

The highly public campaign in opposition to tolling I-95 included yard signs, billboards, bumper stickers, shopping bags, three trucks and a water tower in opposition to Governor McDonnell's plan to toll I-95.  Twenty-three localities, thirteen business associations, five economic and planning organizations and numerous businesses and public safety groups joined over 7,000 individuals who signed the online petition at www.virginiatollfree95.com in opposition to the Governor's proposal to toll I-95 in Virginia.


SOURCE American Trucking Associations

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