The ruling allows states to require that online retailers collect sales tax, even if those companies do not have a physical presence in the state. It’s viewed as a windfall of sorts, although the real impact won’t be felt anytime soon.
A Loudoun County supervisor says he isn’t giving up after his resolution pressing the Virginia Department of Transportation to immediately lower tolls on Interstate 66 failed to move forward in an important transportation committee.
HOV cheaters were a major problem on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway before rush-hour tolls began this week, but Virginia’s transportation secretary is hopeful that the new system will allow those who choose to keep cheating to be caught.
“This signifies the beginning of things to come,” Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne said after a ribbon-cutting news conference for the 95 Express Lanes extension.
While Virginia has a number of large-scale road projects in the works, commuters should not expect many more massive projects to move forward any time soon, the state’s transportation secretary said Wednesday.
The Trump transition team has asked Virginia for a list of potential transportation projects, including specific questions about projects that could include tolls. Virginia responded with a list of projects based on statewide priorities ranging from the Port of Virginia to Interstate 81.
Even as Metro needs billions of dollars worth of repairs and a dedicated funding source just to keep the trains running, the transit agency’s struggles devolved into political sniping on Wednesday.
The bid deadline had been extended twice, but Aubrey Layne told WTOP Tuesday that the two interested teams submitted bids in time that include creative alternative designs – which, in some cases, could reduce costs.
The toll lanes will operate like the 495 Express Lanes, with tolls rising and falling based on traffic volume, and free rides for people with three or more people in the car and an E-ZPass Flex. But unlike those lanes, trucks may be allowed to use the Interstate 66 HOT lanes.
The rush-hour tolls will be automated, meaning drivers who use the lanes without an E-ZPassFlex switched to HOV mode will automatically get a bill.
VRE officials argued the commonwealth — not riders or local jurisdictions — should invest more money into the service since it benefits a wide area and is cheaper than other alternatives.
As Metro gets set to launch a year of major repairs, the transit agency’s long-term need for billions of dollars could pull money from other transportation projects across the region, but Virginia is not planning to direct any additional dollars to the rail system, at least for now.
Virginia commuter lane rules will likely remain in force during Metro’s yearlong maintenance project that will result in significant service reductions and shut down stretches of the rail system for weeks at a time.
With several bills on the table that would block tolls for solo drivers on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway, Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne made his case to some skeptical lawmakers.
Government leaders want the General Assembly to raise gas taxes, in order to increase transit funding for Northern Virginia.
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