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nraacct
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:14:22 AM

Delegate G. Manoli Loupassi’s attempt to eliminate the monthly fee on E-ZPass transponders advanced through a House subcommittee Tuesday morning despite the concerns of road operators and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

VDOT began charging a monthly fee of 50 cents on regular transponders and $1 for the Flex transponder for new customers as of July 9, 2012. The agency says the fee will help to cover the cost of administering the program, which allows drivers to use open-air tolling gantries as opposed to stopping at a booth to toss change.


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mpg611
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 4:12:57 PM

Here's an idea- anytime someone somewhere out there decides to raise our gas prices lets charge them a FEE for doing so.
mmcentire
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 9:18:23 AM

No state income tax. Oh wait, let's open toll roads. #stuffTexaslawmakersoncesaid
blupupher
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:45:15 AM

One of several reasons I don't have a toll tag here in texas. They charge you to get the tag, then a monthly fee for it.
Toll roads on a whole are a scam and ripoff for the user.
alex395
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:37:57 AM

"Allows the people" How about the advance payment of fees to the government? Sounds like Virginia should be paying the EZPass users for them to use the transponders since Virginia makes money on the money they stockpile that isn't used yet.
gs7101
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 7:40:50 AM

Stop ripping off people!
greatartiste
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 2:17:02 AM

not relevant!!!!
BennoBlue
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 12:52:52 AM

I agree completely with Del. Loupassi's position. I live near one of the Virginia toll roads that uses E-ZPass, and I rarely use it because it's not usually worth the cost for me. I used to have an E-ZPass for those times though, both for convenience, and because some of the exits don't take cash, only credit cards or E-ZPass. However, it's not worth it to me to pay a monthly fee for something I might only use a few times a year, no matter how low the fee.

How many others feel the same way? How much would traffic and congestion be reduced by having more people like me who keep their E-ZPass zip through the lanes that don't require stopping, rather than contributing to the long lines at the toll booths to get on and off? And, as Loupassi says, since the more people use E-ZPass, the lower the overhead for the toll system, why ask for more money from those that help the system than from those who use cash and raise overhead costs?
jl1rp
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:01:51 PM

OK but the price is supra low now.
MidNJ
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:20:33 PM

Would like that to happen in NJ too.
jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:12:49 PM

Sounds fair.
SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 4:53:10 PM

I just don't like paying for administration
drobbbb
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 2:30:28 PM

.50 is cheap compare to other jurisdictions
crep1291
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 1:30:15 PM

Those automated systems should be much cheaper to operate than manually collecting cash.
MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 1:16:50 PM

If there's still less money overall paid by each driver for each trip, or the time savings is substantial, it should still work, though no one likes 'gotcha' fees like this.
schatzila
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 12:16:04 PM

Setting up a new program like this costs money and it makes sense that the ones who use it should pay.
amgine27
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:42:40 AM

nickel and diming us
07skydriver
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:40:45 AM

Love E-ZPass, hate the turnpike.
dodsworth
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:57:42 AM

If all costs are taken into consideration for both methods of paying tolls, I suspect the E-ZPass method is less expensive overall, even with the cost of the transponders. The fee is more likely taken because people will pay more for convenience. If that's the case, it's just another way to pull in revenue. Perhaps it's fair to pay more for convenience, but my first reaction is I'm doubtful.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:36:38 AM

just like fast food we have become addicted
coughlin
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:33:08 AM

50 cents is cheap.
beale055
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:32:52 AM

But who wants to wait in those lines??
jrschl
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:27:01 AM

I like seeing some government officials doing so work, though.
jrschl
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:25:58 AM

I don't like the sounds of that. I suppose they can always say it is a rental fee.
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