For the past two weeks, the Fairfax County Times has published articles about the state seeking ideas for relieving congestion on Interstate 66. In both reports, the major theme was that toll roads, underwritten by private financing, would be the likely result. When I read this, I was appalled since the state just got through implementing a substantial tax increase to its citizens to provide a new permanent and significant funding stream for future transportation projects in Northern Virginia.
As our politicians spent months conditioning us for the financial hit, they never suggested that privately financed toll roads would be the outcome. The inference was that the new funding sources would make toll roads unnecessary. Now it is being suggested that with the tax increase in place we will also have to pay a toll in order to use the new roads. I hope I am not the only citizen in Northern Virginia who is outraged over what will amount to a “double cross” by our elected officials if they support new toll roads. The new and existing taxes should be used to build toll free roads that we all can use.
Phil Hargis, Fairfax