New Orleans, LA – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has tallied the results after officially closing the books on the Crescent City Connection (CCC) Amnesty Program on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. More than $130,000 was collected from toll violators.
A breakdown of the results of the toll amnesty program is as follows:
- Approx. 268,000 – Violation accounts that qualified for amnesty
- Approx. 21,700 – Violation accounts paid during amnesty
- Approx. $130,000 – Value of CCC tolls paid (Approx.108,000 CCC tolls paid)
- Approx. $2.7 million – Value of CCC administrative and late fees dismissed
- Approx. $500,000 – Value of CCC tolls remaining unpaid
- Approx. $12.5 million – Value of CCC administrative fees remaining unpaid
Pursuant to Act 274, the funds collected will go to the Crescent City Connection Transition Fund, for use by the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission (RPC) for upkeep and maintenance of the CCC – such as additional mowing, landscape maintenance and lighting.
The program was implemented on July 22, 2013, per Act 247, to provide an opportunity for toll violators to resolve outstanding balances without late charges and administrative fees. Anyone who took advantage of the program was relieved of any further obligations and required to only pay the toll amounts.
With the program now ended, DOTD will turn over more than 250,000 outstanding toll violation accounts to the Department of Justice for collection of the full payment. That amounts to almost half a million CCC tolls not paid and valued at about $12.5 million – including administrative fees. Any violators who did not participate in the CCC Toll Amnesty Program will be identified and subject to the DOJ’s collection methods. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of the Attorney General at (225) 326-6550 or 1-800-423-2129.