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E-ZPass sales rise ahead of Virginia tunnel tolls

Tolls on the Downtown and Midtown tunnels begin Feb. 1.

The Associated Press

12/30/2013

PORTSMOUTH, Va.  — 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 (http://bit.ly/1diFvWi ) 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.

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