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Toll road lawsuit hits exit ramp

Disgruntled Dulles Toll Road drivers had their legal challenge to ever-increasing tolls tossed out of court Thursday by a federal judge who said they didn’t have standing and didn’t have a case, in any event.

Virginia drivers John Corr and John Grisby complained about rising toll rates being used – not for the highway itself – but to finance a Metrorail extension to the Dulles Airport.

U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga said the drivers’ toll beef was the sort of “generalized grievance” better suited for legislative relief. Moreover, he said, the rallying cry “no taxation without representation” has no force as a legal principal and does not apply to government-imposed user fees.

The toll-paying drivers promptly noted an appeal.

By Peter Vieth

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