Virginia Supreme Court approves tolls on private roads

Virginia Supreme Court approves tolls on private roads

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that public-private partnerships may include tolls. The tolling advocate in whose favor the Court ruled couldnt be happier.

A group of state residents had challenged the tolls levied on two public-private tunnel projects in Norfolk, saying that as a tax, tolling is the prerogative of state governments only. The high court disagreed.

Tolls are not a tax; they are a user fee, said Patrick Jones, executive director of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. With an ever-increasing burden on states and municipalities to pay for highway and infrastructure development, tolling is an incredibly valuable tool that must remain in the toolbox for government officials.

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