UPDATE 1/29:Due to hazardous travel conditions and a concern for motorists' safety, Elizabeth River Crossings is encouraging motorists who have not registered for their E-ZPass to do so online or by phone to avoid the unnecessary travel.
Though the actual transponders will not arrive before tolling commences on Feb. 1, E-ZPass rates will be honored for drivers who open a Virginia E-ZPass account by Friday, Jan. 31, according to ERC officials.
ERC will continue to honor the E-ZPass rates without a transponder until Wednesday, Feb. 5.
Motorists who prefer to register by telephone can do so by calling 1-855-ERT-ROAD or by calling E-ZPass Customer Service directly at 1-877-762-7824.
RICHMOND -- Add more people to list of those who don't have to pay tolls at the Downtown and Midtown tunnels.
The tolls take effect February 1.
Governor Terry McAuliffe Wednesday said fire trucks, ambulances, local police and school buses will now pass for free, joining Virginia State Police, sheriffs and sheriff deputies, VDOT and Department of Motor Vehicle employees on official business.
Also not having to pay the toll are employees of Elizabeth River Crossings, the company managing the facilities in a public-private partnership.
'It is critical that local police, firefighters and other first responders have free access to use the Downtown and Midtown tunnels,' said Gov. McAuliffe. 'I appreciate ERC's willingness to work with our Administration and expand the list of exemptions to include emergency vehicles.'
Last week, Gov. McAuliffe announced a three-year reduction in tolls for all drivers.
The tolls will help pay for a second Midtown Tunnel, rehabilitating of the existing Midtown and Downtown tunnels and extending the MLK Freeway from London Blvd. to Interstate 264.