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Law eliminates state E–ZPass fees

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law Tuesday legislation that eliminates state fees on electronic toll devices, known as the E–ZPass.

Users have been charged 50 cents for a regular E–ZPass each month or $1 each for a flex transponder, used by commuters whose vehicles have at least three occupants and do not pay a toll on high-occupancy toll lanes. Money is loaded on the passes to pay tolls without stopping.

E–ZPasses are needed to use the new electronically tolled, high-occupancy vehicle express lanes, already on Interstate 495 and coming soon on Interstate 95.

The expanded I–95 lanes will run from Garrisonville to the beltway. The new lanes are expected to open by early next year.

The nearly $1 billion project is a public–private partnership between the state and Transurban and Fluor.

—Scott Shenk

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