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McAuliffe Official Says Virginia Will Proceed Cautiously On Future Road Tolls

Virginia's top transportation official says the commonwealth will proceed cautiously when it comes to tolling more highways.

Federal law allows states to toll portions of interstate highways only if new lanes are added. An Obama administration plan would allow states to toll existing lane capacity under certain circumstances, but Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne says the state is not interested in doing so.

"Tolls make sense for additional capacity when there is a free alternative. Just tolling an existing road does not seem to us to be good policy," he says.

A state would toll more highway miles to raise revenue to expand its road and transit network, but Layne says you can't toll every available highway. Once the 95 Express Lanes are finished next year, Northern Virginia will have four toll roads already. Interstate 66 is likely next.

"Certainly tolls are a part of transportation funding, but they can't be the sole issue," he says.

Motorists have been reluctant to try the 495 Express Lanes on the Beltway in Northern Virginia, which were built by a for-profit firm and opened 18 months ago. So far, the EZ Pass-only toll road has yet to turn a profit.

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'Neither Snow Nor Rain' Celebrates History Of U.S. Postal Service

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Devin Leonard whose new book, Neither Snow Nor Rain, celebrates the history of the U.S. Postal Service.
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Should Local Restaurants Retire The Phrase, "Farm To Table?"

Where does Washington restaurant food really come from? Kojo explores how the phrase "farm to table" is used and discusses whether it should be retired altogether.

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The Results Of Tuesday's Indiana Primaries

Senator Ted Cruz drops out of the presidential race and Senator Bernie Sanders wins Indiana. Guest host Lisa Desjardins talks with a panel of guests about what Tuesday's primary results mean for the 2016 presidential race.

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Not Just Bitcoin: Why The Blockchain Is A Seductive Technology To Many Industries

From bank regulation to military messaging, the blockchain is offering a wide potential to change the way online transactions and communications are carried out.

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