Drivers winning in court against Express Lanes operator

Source: Ari Ashe, WTOP, May 19, 2015

Six drivers saw their unpaid-toll cases dismissed in Fairfax County General District Court on Monday, while the final ruling on another landmark case has been delayed due to a last-minute motion. Circuit Court Judge Dennis J. Smith ruled in April that Express Lanes operator Transurban must sue drivers for unpaid tolls within a year. Toni Cooley, Jim Diller and Stuart Holmes all won their cases with the decision, and the fallout has been felt ever since — six cases were dismissed on Monday because Transurban waited too long to sue, and more will likely be dismissed in the coming weeks. ….
Lawsuit filed against Express Lanes operator Transurban
Source: WUSA9, April 17, 2015

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Transurban, the organization that runs the Virginia Express Lanes. The suit was filed in Virginia Federal Court by users of the Express Lanes on Thursday. The main goal of the lawsuit is to stop what drivers describe as outrageous overcharging of unpaid tolls. The suit alleges that Transurban, Faneuil and their partners “assessed unfair, illegal, and unconscionable administrative fees and civil penalties on area drivers for allegedly failing to pay HOT Lanes tolls,” Hausfeld, the law firm handling the suit said in a statement. What began as a $14.20 fee for an unpaid 495 Express lane toll quickly got out of hand for Lisa-Marie Cormas. Comras said she fought for more than a year, while her fines ballooned from a few hundred dollars to $10,000. Comras has been fighting Transurban in court, and plans to join the class action suit that was filed Thursday….

Class-action suit claims predatory toll scheme on 495 Express Lanes
Source: Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, April 16, 2015

The company that manages the Interstate 495 toll lanes in Northern Virginia is socking violators with “unfair, illegal and unconscionable” fines and fees that have reached tens of thousands of dollars in some cases, according to a class-action lawsuit announced this week.
The suit, which was filed in federal court in Alexandria, claims that Transurban uses a predatory scheme because the Capital Beltway express lanes have not been as profitable as expected and some drivers are being hit with violations that never occurred.

Source: Martin Di Caro, WAMU, November 13, 2012

Virginia Toll Road a Drag on Transurban Profits
Source: Kyle Glazier, Bond Buyer, August 7, 2012
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Virginia Announces $940 Million I-95 HOT Lane Deal

Source: Jonathan Wilson, WAMU, December 6, 2011

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell says the state has reached a $1 billion deal with a private contractor for Northern Virginia’s Interstate 95 HOT lanes project. Under the deal announced today, private contractor Fluor-Transurban would finance 90 percent of the $940 million project to build High Occupancy Toll lanes on I-95, with the rest of the money coming from the state. The contractor would recoup its investment by collecting the tolls.

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