An average of 13,946 vehicles with at least two total people inside and an E-ZPass Flex in HOV mode have used the road each day during the expanded hours and an average of 18,279 vehicles pay a toll each weekday, a Department of Transportation review of the first year with the new rules said.
Virginia State Police are conducting a crackdown on HOV violators during the morning and afternoon rush hours on Friday.
Data provided to WTOP suggest that drivers paid or owe around $3 million in administrative fees and court costs while driving I-66. The total could have been nearly double that.
Interstate 66 slowed at the height of the morning rush hour this August compared to last, but was faster at other times covered by tolls and HOV rules that expanded last December.
Continuing a trend that suggests the expanded hours are having a larger impact than the toll price, average travel speeds have generally increased in the extended rush hour periods when HOV restrictions did not apply before.
For the next two months, crews will work to strengthen and repave the right shoulder on eastbound I-66 between the Dulles Connector Road and Fairfax Drive near Ballston. The work is scheduled to close lanes between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night.
A significant number of drivers are facing extra fees or fines on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway because they are using the highway without an E-ZPass during times one is required. So, what have been the traffic impacts since the tolls were implemented?
Extended Interstate 66 HOV hours and high morning tolls aimed at reducing the number of cars hitting a chokepoint passing the Dulles Connector Road appear to be the biggest drivers of traffic changes since tolls for solo drivers began in December.
Problems with I-66 toll lane slowdowns at the height of the morning rush hour have the Virginia Department of Transportation wondering what it would take to get drivers to set their alarms even 30 minutes earlier each morning.
Where new or better commuter bus service has been implemented through toll funding, a new report to be presented Thursday finds ridership has generally increased.
It has been six months since HOV hours and tolls for solo drivers began on I-66 inside the Beltway, but what effect has that had on toll prices and trip times?
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.
The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission is scheduled to approve $12 million in projects Thursday night, including two new bus routes, improvements on three other bus routes, and expanded access to park and ride lots.
Attempts to overhaul tolls on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway are among the transportation changes approved by the General Assembly’s budget committees.
Morning tolls on Interstate 66 surged to near-record levels Tuesday, at one time topping out at $46.50 between the Beltway and Rosslyn.
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