Virginian-Pilot Column Hammers Downtown, Midtown Tunnel Tolls (Take I)

The Virginian-Pilot publishes a column by Lia Russell, the editor of its Chesapeake City tabloid, who writes that she is “stunned by the toll increase that will go into effect Jan. 1 at the Downtown and Midtown tunnels.” Russell adds, “I know we have a transportation problem in Hampton Roads. Roadway infrastructure is woefully behind need. I don’t have the answer, but destroying the economy of Portsmouth and burdening working class citizens with rapidly increasing tolls can’t be the best solution. I realize that we, the citizens, will pay for these roadways one way or another . . . but is there a more equitable and less painful way than the current tolling system?”