ATFI Statement: Virginia Governor Abandons Tolls for I-81 Funding

Following the release of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1716 and House Bill 2718 to fund improvements to the I-81 corridor in Virginia and other Virginia roadways, the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates issued the following statement, which can be attributed to Communications Director Stephanie Kane:

“ATFI is pleased Governor Northam has abandoned his call for tolls and put forth a new plan to fund improvements to Interstate 81 through other funding mechanisms. We know Virginians want to improve I-81, and are willing to pay for it. But how they pay for it matters, and they let that opinion be known.  By using methods of funding other than tolls, Governor Northam is recommending funding strategies that allow Virginia to maintain control of its implementation and enable more money to go toward improving interstates rather than wasting money on tolling bureaucracies. This is smart policy, and other states should take notice.”

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