(Richmond, VA)—Del. Jim LeMunyon (R-67 Fairfax/Loudoun) introduced legislation today in the Virginia House of Delegates to prohibit tolling I-66 inside the Beltway. Although the House is in recess, today is the first day legislation can be introduced for the 2016 session, which begins January 13, 2016. LeMunyon’s bill was numbered House Bill 1 by the House Clerk’s office.
“As I indicated in my July 2015 letter to Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne, Governor McAuliffe’s plan to toll I-66 inside the Beltway would do little to reduce congestion on one of the most congested roads in our region,” said LeMunyon. “VDOT’s own numbers show that Northern Virginians waste 900,000 hours every business day in traffic. We need transportation solutions that will reduce this number rapidly and put valuable time back into the lives of our citizens. H.B. 1 hits the reset button on plans for I-66 inside the Beltway so that better alternatives can be implemented.”
A copy of the July 2015 letter may be found here.
Coincidentally, a hearing is scheduled at 6 p.m. this evening in Fairfax by the Commonwealth Transportation Board to take public testimony on transportation plans for Northern Virginia. Delegate LeMunyon plans to attend this meeting. More information about tonight’s meeting can be found here.