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E-ZPass sales rise ahead of Va. tunnel tolls

Monday - 12/30/2013, 3:10am  ET

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) -- Hampton Roads motorists have about five weeks to open an E-ZPass account before tolls begin on two tunnels.

Tolls on the Downtown and Midtown tunnels begin Feb. 1. Motorists who don't have an E-ZPass account will receive a bill in the mail and will pay a higher rate.

Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Marshall Herman tells WAVY-TV ( ) that about 10,000 E-ZPass accounts have been opened in Hampton Roads since Nov. 1. There are about 88,000 total E-ZPass accounts in the region.

On Oct. 31, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that tolls on the Downtown and Midtown tunnels are legally permissible user fees.


Information from: WAVY-TV,

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