In a pivotal decision during its November 14 meeting, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission voted to implement a revised toll rate schedule, slated to take effect on January 1, 2024. This decision marks a significant adjustment in toll rates.
The revised schedule is the third in a series of programmed toll rate changes in compliance with the resolution adopted by the Commission in August 2013, approving a toll rate increase effective January 2014 and approximately 10% increases every five years thereafter to advance the construction of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project. The last 10% rate increase was January 2019.
The new toll rates continue a peak season pricing methodology (mid-May through mid-September), offer additional round trip discounting for other classes of vehicles and include a 30-Trips in 30-Day discount rate to minimize the impact on local citizens. These discounted toll rates all require the use of E-ZPass.
A public information session will be hosted at the Eastern Shore Welcome Center, located at 32383 Lankford Highway, Cape Charles, VA, on Thursday, December 14, 2023 from 4 pm – 5:30 pm to inform the public about the toll rate schedule revisions, effective January 1, 2024, and provide a general overview on the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project.
The approved toll rate revision entails a marked increase, signaling adjustments in the cost structure for utilizing the bridge and tunnel facilities. Infrastructure maintenance, modernization, and operational enhancements are part of the decision. Maintenance and upgrades are essential for ensuring the continued safety, efficiency, and reliability of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel System.