On December 5, 2011 VDOT signed an agreement with Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC) for construction of an additional two-lane tube at the Midtown Tunnel, rehabilitation of the Downtown Tunnel, and extension of the Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Freeway to I-264, to be financed in part by tolling the Midtown Tunnel (MTT), Downtown Tunnel (DTT), and MLK Freeway extension.
In response to the planned project, HRTPO staff began a multi-year study in FY 2013 to assess the impact of tolling by comparing the “before” and “after” traffic conditions.
In FY 2013, HRTPO staff used the regional transportation model and found that MTT/DTT tolling may:
In FY 2013 and FY 2014 HRTPO staff videotaped, photographed, and gathered travel time data to document “before” traffic conditions at the locations identified above, to be compared in FY 2015 to “after” (i.e. post-toll) conditions.
Tolling began at the DTT and MTT on February 1, 2014.
During this year (FY 2015), HRTPO staff has been conducting the following work:
HRTPO staff plans to present a draft report at the January 7, 2015 Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) meeting.