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Barry Suggests Toll Gates For D.C.
Two Other Council Members Co-Sponsor Proposal
POSTED: 8:07 am EDT May 2, 2007
UPDATED: 9:43 am EDT May 2, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Three members of the D.C. City Council are considering placing tollbooths at the city's entrances.
Marion Barry introduced legislation Tuesday proposing a commission to study the measure. He said commuters and visitors to the District have been getting a free ride on D.C. roads and tolls would help cover the costs of upkeep and repairs.
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Barry's proposal doesn't set a rate for entering the city. He said the commission could make a recommendation after they study the issue.
The former mayor and Ward Eight councilman said tolls are collected from motorists entering New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
According to statistics, about 400,000 people drive into the nation's capital each day from suburban jurisdictions. Critics have already labeled Barry's idea a commuter tax.
Councilmen Kwame Brown and Harry Thomas are co-sponsors of the proposal. If approved by the D.C. City Council, the legislation would still face congressional review.
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