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Get some much-needed toll relief with this program, if you’re eligible

Midtown Tunnel between Norfolk and Portsmouth. For those without an E-ZPass,Elizabeth River Tunnels scans drivers' license plates and bills them (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of SKANSKA)
Midtown Tunnel between Norfolk and Portsmouth. For those without an E-ZPass,Elizabeth River Tunnels scans drivers’ license plates and bills them (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of SKANSKA)

VDOT has announced its 2019 toll relief program enrollment period, which will run from Dec. 1 until Feb. 15, 2019.

Toll relief is designed to provide “meaningful financial support” to qualified Norfolk and Portsmouth residents who travel through the Downtown and Midtown tunnels, according to a news release from VDOT.

The in-person enrollment period at E-ZPass Customer Service Centers in Norfolk and Portsmouth is designed to protect personal information and provide real-time approval; it began Dec. 1 and will continue through Feb. 15, 2019, VDOT said.
Toll Relief benefits begin March 1.
To qualify, participants must:
  • Reside in Norfolk or Portsmouth
    • One of the following is required for proof of residency:
      • Driver’s license
      • Utility, telephone or cable bill
      • Checking or savings account statement
      • Property tax bill
      • Mortgage or proof of home ownership
      • Rental contract
      • Military documentation confirming residency
  • Earn $30,000 or less per year
    • One of the following is required for proof of income:
      • W-2
      • 1099-MISC
      • One month of pay stubs
      • IRS 1040
      • Employer’s statement
      • Self-declaration of no income
  • Have or open a Virginia E-ZPass account
Once a participant’s Virginia E-ZPass designated transponder records eight or more trips through the Downtown or Midtown tunnels during a calendar month, a 75-cent refund is credited to his or her Virginia E-ZPass account for each trip, according to the news release.
There is no limit on the number of discounted trips in a calendar month. Current participants must re-enroll to receive 2019 Toll Relief Program benefits.
Elizabeth River Crossings, operators of the Downtown and Midtown tunnels, is providing the state $500,000 a year for 10 years to help offset the cost of tolls on those users most financially stressed, VDOT said.
For information, visit www.vdottollrelief.com or call 855-530-5506.

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