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CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE-TUNNEL COMMUTER TOLL IMPACT STUDY<![endif]>

Over 67 million commercial passenger vehicles have crossed the 17.6-mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel complex (CBBT) since it opened on April 15, 1964.  The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission operates the CBBT, which spans the Chesapeake Bay between Virginia Beach and Northampton County, on Virginiaís Eastern Shore.  Until March 1, 2002, the one-way toll for a passenger car was $10.  There were no provisions for a reduced toll for commuting passenger vehicles; a minimum $20 roundtrip fare applied regardless of the tripís nature or duration (although school bus and rescue vehicle tolls are reduced or waived).  

Proponents of a commuter toll insist that it would infuse economic prosperity into the rural, poverty-stricken Eastern Shore.  Opponents fear any toll reduction may lead to increased demand for services and natural resources, and a change in the quality of living, as the local population booms.

The A-NPDC commissioned the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commuter Toll Impact Study to assess the repercussions of a reduced toll and to prepare reports regarding existing conditions, trends, assets, resources, and issues of concern.  The study team coordinated with the Citizen Advisory Committee and the Bi-County Commuter Toll Impact Study Committee throughout the course of the study to gain input and report interim findings.  The study was completed in late October 2001.

Since March 1, 2002, a 24-hour round-trip discount is offered to passenger vehicles.  The initial crossing costs $10, and the return trip (within 24 hours) costs $4 with presentation of initial receipt.

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commuter Toll Impact Study: Final Draft Report.  October 2001. Prepared for: Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commuter Toll Impact Study Committee.  Prepared by: The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (100 Halsted Street, East Orange, NJ).  In association with: Travesky and Associates (Fairfax, VA). 

  1. Cover

  2. Table of Contents

  3. ES-1 Executive Summary

  4. Section 1.0 Introduction

  5. Section 2.0 Study Area Features, Trends and and Goals - Introduction

                Section 2.3.1 Study Area Features, Trends and and Goals - Transportation

                Section 2.3.2 Study Area Features, Trends and and Goals - Tourism

                Section 2.3.3 Study Area Features, Trends and and Goals - Economic Development

                Section 2.3.4 Study Area Features, Trends and and Goals - Agriculture

                Section 2.3.5 Study Area Features, Trends and and Goals - Environmental Resources

                Section 2.3.6 Study Area Features, Trends and and Goals - Quality of Life and Livable Communities

  1. Section 2.4 Summary of Public Involvement Activities

  2. Section 3.0 Induced Activities Assessment

                Induced Activities Assessment 3.0a (with Figures 3.2.1 through 3.2.6)

                Induced Activities Assessment 3.0b (with Figures 3.3.1 through 3.3.3)

                Induced Activities Assessment 3.0c (figures only, Figures 3.3.4 through 3.3.7)

                Induced Activities Assessment 3.0d (figures only, Figures 3.3.8 through 3.3.12 )

  1. Section 4.0 Potential Impacts

  2. Section 5.0 Strategies for the Future


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