Oppose "Reverse Commute" Tolls on I-66
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Virginia legislators want to toll "reverse commuters" on I-66. This makes no sense, for the following reasons:
- Tolls on I-66 were designed to enforce HOV restrictions long in place on the road for commuters to Washington, DC. These restrictions have not been in place for reverse commuters.
- Reverse commuters often have fewer options to access their jobs via public transportation. For example, there are no Metro parking garages for reverse commuters, and few alternative bus routes.
- Traffic congestion on the reverse commute does not rise to levels that merit traffic restrictions.
- Commuters accessing the Dulles Toll Road already pay exit tolls.
To solve traffic problems on I-66 in Northern Virginia, legislators should instead take the following actions:
- Reduce disproportionately high fares on Metro's Silver Line for those traveling on the reverse commute. The trains are always empty anyways.
- Enforce traffic laws, including against speeding, tailgating, failure to signal, and other aggressive driving that causes accidents that slow traffic.
- Developers building new projects in high density areas, such as Tysons, Vienna, McLean, and Reston, should be required to contribute to capital projects that reduce congestion.
- Think rush-hour, peak-direction tolls on I-66 are bad? How about tolling drivers going both directions?, The Washington Post (Feb. 26, 2018).
- I am a commuter to the suburbs in Northern Virginia from Arlington, Va.
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