The proportion of HOV users on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway at rush hour has not significantly changed since expanded restricted hours and tolls for solo drivers began last December.
Since the tolls and expanded HOV restrictions on I-66 inside the Beltway began in December, 171 drivers have been caught cheating the tolls, data provided to WTOP show.
Neither snow nor rain nor the gloom of an early sunset will keep the Interstate 66 tolls for solo drivers and the newly expanded HOV hours from kicking in on weekdays.
Virginia’s transportation secretary said this week that tolls that drivers have seen inside the Beltway so far remain in line with projections.
Northern Virginia lawmakers are calling on Virginia’s transportation secretary to suspend the tolls on I-66 until multiple issues are rectified.
HOV cheaters were a major problem on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway before rush-hour tolls began this week, but Virginia’s transportation secretary is hopeful that the new system will allow those who choose to keep cheating to be caught.
Virginia has no plans for any immediate changes to the tolling algorithm or new hours on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway and the system is operating as expected, the state’s transportation secretary said.
Traffic has increased on several alternative routes since the start of rush-hour tolls for solo drivers on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway Monday morning, preliminary Virginia Department of Transportation data suggests.
Tolls for solo drivers and expanded rush-hour periods began Monday, Dec. 4, on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway. WTOP listeners have submitted a series of questions about the complicated rules that we took to state transportation officials.
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