PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Some residents of Portsmouth and Norfolk may now be eligible for discounted tolls.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has developed a Toll Relief Program to help ease the financial burden of the tolls on the Elizabeth River Tunnels.

VDOT officials say the program is designed to help qualified Portsmouth and Norfolk residents who use the Downtown and Midtown tunnels regularly.

To qualify for the program, participants must:

  • Live in Norfolk or Portsmouth
  • Earn $30,000 or less per year
  • Have or obtain a Virginia E-ZPass transponder and registered account

Once a qualified participant’s Virginia E-ZPass transponder has recorded eight trips or more through the Downtown or Midtown tunnels during a calendar month, VDOT says a $0.75 per trip refund will be credited to the person's Virginia E-ZPass account.

Residents can begin applying for the program Thursday, Dec. 1. The application period will end Feb. 15.

For more information, visit virginiadot.org.