WASHINGTON — A proposal to raise tolls inside the Beltway on Interstate 66 is receiving criticism in Loudoun County.

The Leesburg Times reports the plan, which would take effect in 2017, will cost drivers as much as $17 per day if they don’t have three or more passengers in their cars during morning and afternoon rush. Commuters who drive five days a week would pay a total of $340 each month.

WNEW’s PJ Elliott reports the cost is more expensive for commuters in Loudoun County. A one-day trip using the Greenway, Dulles Toll Road and proposed tolls on I-66 would cost more than $30 per day.

Revenue from the higher tolls will go to transportation projects including road improvements, transit and possibly bike lanes, according to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is holding a series of public meetings to discuss the proposal. The next meeting is Wednesday night at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington.

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