Fast Lane Tolling in Norfolk is Rolled Out on I-64
Fast lane tolling in Norfolk is underway on an eight-mile stretch of I-64, from the I-264 Interchange to I-564, marking the first time the concept has been used in Hampton Roads.
However, the Virginia Department of Transportation says fast lanes are optional.
The lanes, report WAVY.com will only be tolled from Monday to Friday from 5 a.m.-9 a.m. westbound and 2 p.m.-6 p.m. eastbound. Drivers can still opt to drive in the standard lanes at no cost.
Fast lane tolling in Norfolk has also been described as high occupancy toll lanes.
You only pay to use these lanes if you are traveling alone. The Virginia Department of Transportation says drivers may choose to pay more to use express lanes on much of Interstate 64 by 2024.
High occupancy Virginia toll lanes have sparked an intense debate about the future of transportation in the region.
However, Aubrey Layne, Secretary of Transportation said they are a better option than tunnel tolls.
Paula Miller, a spokeswoman for VDOT told WAVY, there will be no cap for how high the rates can rise. The cost will generally rise as more people get on the roads. The fewer the cars on the road, the lower the toll. She said:
“That’s why the price will reset every 10 minutes based on the number of vehicles in the lanes at the time.”
The lanes are equipped with two warning signs as well as two signs showing the current toll rate before drivers have to commit to using the express lanes.
Many people are unsure what fast lane tolling in Norfolk is. Once drivers are in the tolling lane, they will only be tolled if nobody else is in the car. Vehicles with two or more occupants can ride fast lanes for free, even during peak tolled hours. However, they must have an E-ZPass Flex transponder.
The program is meant to ease congestion by moving as many as two out of every 10 vehicles into the fast lanes.
The E-ZPass Flex works like a traditional transponder for solo drivers but it has a sliding switch that allows drivers to turn on the “HOV ON” feature.
Congestion can be dangerous on busy stretches of interstate like I-64 in Norfolk. However, it remains to be seen how successful fast lane tolling in Norfolk will be.
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