Media release from the office of Speaker-designee Kirk Cox on December 7, 2017
Statement of Caucus Chairman Tim Hugo on the release of new data on I-66 tolls
Virginia House of Delegates Republican Caucus Chairman Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) released the following statement Thursday following the release of new tolling data from Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne.
The exorbitant toll prices that drivers are experiencing on I-66 are unacceptable. As I said on Tuesday, we stand ready to find a practical solution to lower costs for single drivers. While I am frustrated drivers are facing these high toll prices, I very much appreciate the new data released today by Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. This data will help us learn more about what drivers are facing.
In 2015, my Republican colleagues and I campaigned against any tolling inside the Beltway. We introduced legislation in the 2016 session to prohibit tolling. The General Assembly reached a bipartisan agreement to allow the tolling to proceed, despite our skepticism, in exchange for widening a portion of I-66 inside the Beltway. The McAuliffe Administration, at the time, assured us tolls would only be roughly $6 or $7 on average. The peak tolls we are seeing today are much higher.
Governor McAuliffe has gone on TV several times this week saying $40 toll prices are the way ‘it’s supposed to work.’ I could not disagree more. The hard-working people of Northern Virginia should not be forced to get a part-time job to be able to afford to drive to their full-time job.
I look forward to working with the administration and my Democratic colleagues to find a solution that will speed up the commute to work without forcing drivers to pay the tolls we have seen this week.