In a highway robbery reminiscent of the Robin Hood days, the Commonwealth Transportation Board—an unelected and unaccounted body of appointed bureaucrats—has decided to saddle the users of the Dulles Toll Road with the costs of the states contribution toward extending Metro to the Dulles Airport (see: “Railroaded Again”).
The tolls, which are due to double at most exits, will increase on May 22. In anticipation of the toll increase, a local group opposing this unfair and discriminatory tax increase on a select group of Virginians (i.e., the users of the Dulles Toll Road), posted banners on some overpasses alerting the drivers of the upcoming toll increase and directing them to their website (http://www.notollincrease.com) where they can find details about the pending toll increase and the Dulles Rail boondoggle.
It’s important to note that several days earlier, the VA Dept. of Rail & Public Transportation (VDRPT) had mounted similar banners across all the overpasses directing interested parties to a pro-rail website (http://www.dullesmetro.com).
Prior to posting the signs, NoTollIncrease.com checked with Fairfax County Government officials responsible for regulating the posting of signs on public roadways; they had advised that no permit was needed to display these signs (according to these officials only political campaign signs require a permit and the posting of a bond).
Today the NoTollIncrease.com banners were torn down apparently by VDOT, while the DullesMetro.com banners were left intact. So much for free speech on the Dulles Toll Road.