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mgirardo wrote:

Me personally, I'd much rather pay 7 cents more per gallon than have to deal with another toll.

According to Wikipedia, I-81 through VA is only 325 miles long. Unless a vehicle gets really bad gas mileage or has a really small tank, it should make it through VA without having to fill up. That being said, I am pretty sure, even with the additional 7 cents tax, that MD and NC will still have higher gas prices than the gas stations along I-81 in VA.

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I agree about tolls. But why not make the tax state wide instead of just I-81? I-95 and I-64 have a lot of traffic too.

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RGar974417 wrote:

mgirardo wrote:

Me personally, I'd much rather pay 7 cents more per gallon than have to deal with another toll.

According to Wikipedia, I-81 through VA is only 325 miles long. Unless a vehicle gets really bad gas mileage or has a really small tank, it should make it through VA without having to fill up. That being said, I am pretty sure, even with the additional 7 cents tax, that MD and NC will still have higher gas prices than the gas stations along I-81 in VA.

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I agree about tolls. But why not make the tax state wide instead of just I-81? I-95 and I-64 have a lot of traffic too.Do you think it could be because the state and federal capitols are near those roads?


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RGar974417 wrote:

I agree about tolls. But why not make the tax state wide instead of just I-81? I-95 and I-64 have a lot of traffic too.

The idea is that the additional tax money is for improvements related to I-81 and I-81 access roads. What projects qualify though, is something of a grey area.


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RGar974417 wrote:

I agree about tolls. But why not make the tax state wide instead of just I-81? I-95 and I-64 have a lot of traffic too.

Because the politicians live in the east. The less populated western part of VA is what they think of as 'flyover country' + they hope to mainly gain revenue from out of staters on I81. What they will get is western VA small business revenue loss (and subsequent closings) in that corridor as people intentionally begin to fill up outside the state and don't stop as much off of I81.

And if you think a good portion of any additional tax isn't going into some politician's pocket, there's always some famous properties in the real estate market you can invest in.

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