WASHINGTON — The group of motorists who lost their challenge to the Elizabeth River Tunnels public-private partnership in the Virginia Supreme Court is asking the court to rehear the case, as the Commonwealth’s governor-elect suggests he is interested in working to lower the planned toll rates for the tunnels.

The high court issued a ruling on Oct. 31 siding against the motorists and with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the private partner, Elizabeth River Crossings OPCO, LLC. The decision stated that the tolls for the project were user fees and not unconstitutional taxes, as a lower-court judge had found.

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