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Tunnel toll reduction is approved!




Checkered Flag fans, rejoice!  We have an exciting update on the Midtown and Downtown toll reductions from The Virginian-Pilot.

Board approves temporary reduced tunnel toll rates

By Dave Forster

The Commonwealth Transportation Board today unanimously approved spending $82.5 million to reduce the tolls at the Downtown and Midtown tunnels beginning Feb. 1.

The toll schedule for passenger vehicles with an E-ZPass transponder will be as follows:

For 2014, the tolls will be 75 cents for offpeak, $1 for peak times.

For 2015, the tolls will be $1 for offpeak, $1.25 for peak times.

For 2016, the tolls will…
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Reduced toll rumors. Are they true?




Hampton Roads social media is all abuzz.  Checkered Flag fans may have noticed postings today that the upcoming tolls for the Portsmouth-Norfolk Downtown and Midtown tunnels will be reduced to 75cents until the second tube of the Midtown Tunnel is completed. 

While the rumors are exciting, we need not get ahead of ourselves.

In fact, the reduced toll amounts of 75cents for non-peak hours and $1 for peak hours are actually part of a proposal that Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to present at Wednesday's Commonwealth Transportation Board meeting in Richmond. 

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E-ZPass may not so E-Z to get your hands on




So, just how easy is it to get ahold of an E-ZPass? 

This week, VDOT's E-ZPass program has been the topic or much frustration for Hampton Roads drivers.  With tolls set to begin February 1st for both the Portsmouth-Norfolk Downtown and Midtown tunnels- tolls that are greatly reduced for E-ZPass users- thousands of Hampton Roads residents are deciding that it is finally time to bite the bullet and purchase a transponder.  Unfortunately, even though folks are weeks ahead of true scrambling time, the Virginia E-ZPass website has been flooded and physical purchase sites are running out of transponders. 

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$5,000 off New 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrids




If you've visited a local gas station over the past few days, you may have noted that fuel prices are slowly creeping back up.  The best defense against this increase is a fuel-efficient vehicle.  

If saving money is a priority for 2014, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is a good place to start.  Not only is the fuel economy of the Hybrid Sonata outstanding, but, the price of the Sonata Hybrid is lower than many of others in its class. 

This January, Checkered Flag Hyundai has the most Sonata Hybrids at the best prices in Hampton Roads.

Save $5…
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