Virginia SB 1716 – Interstate 81; tolling; Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund
Interstate 81; tolling; Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement FundFull Bill Text
UPDATE April 3, 2019: Senate agreed in part with Governor’s recommendations in 22-14-4 vote; House voted for adoption 60-14-1. Awaiting Governor’s signature.
UPDATE March 11, 2019: The Governor has until midnight March 26, 2019 to sign the bill into law or let it die unsigned.
UPDATE February 23, 2019: Conference report agreed to by Senate in 37 to 2 vote.
UPDATE February 13, 2019: Block vote passage 98 to 0
UPDATE February 8, 2019: The bill passed the Senate in a 36 to 2 vote and has been referred to the House Transportation Committee.
UPDATE January 31, 2019: Reported from Finance Committee with substitute, 12-Y, 1-N, 3-A
SB 1716 — its counterpart in the Virginia Assembly is HB 1716 — was introduced in the Senate on January 15, 2019 and originally referred to the Transportation Committee. The bill has subsequently been re-referred to the Senate Finance Committee after passing out of Transportation on an 11 – 0 vote. Finance has schedule a hearing on January 29, 2019.
The bill would impose tolling on Interstate 81. The revenue produced would be used for operation and maintenance of I-81, and also used for improvements along the I-81 corridor.
The NMA remains opposed to imposing tolls because they limit or ration the use of public roads that have been paid and maintained by motorists through payment of the gas tax at fuel pumps.