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Variable road toll near Washington hits $46.75 for a single journey

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A toll charge for drivers on the I-66 near Washington DC which changes depending on traffic volumes has spiked at a near-record $46.75 for a single occupancy journey.

The Washington Post reports that the tolls are based on a dy­nam­ic pric­ing sys­tem, which chan­ges the rate every six min­utes, based on speed and traf­fic vol­umes.

It says many driv­ers — and some poli­ti­cians — have com­plained a­bout the fluc­tu­at­ing and high toll rates on a stretch of road running along ten miles of I-66 in­side the Beltway in Northern Vir­ginia. Car­pool and pub­lic trans­por­ta­tion vehi­cles don’t pay the toll.

A spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation told the newspaper that traffic experts were looking more into what was causing the spike in toll rates but that it may not be any one thing in particular — just simple volume. The report adds that typically, trans­por­ta­tion of­fi­cials have said the high tolls re­flect the con­gested traf­fic con­di­tions on oth­er area road­ways.

The paper has checked and says that at the time there were no major accidents on area roads in Northern Virginia, but there was heavy traffic along roads around Ballston and along the highway coming into the District and along the Theodore Roosevelt bridge.

Picture credit: Washington Post

 
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