Drivers paying a toll on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway can save a significant amount of money by just leaving a few minutes earlier or later, a new study finds.
All Maryland residents can now get an E-ZPass transponder without paying any upfront costs. Previously the transponders, which are affixed to drivers windshields and allow easy and cheaper access to toll roads, cost $7.50 for new customers.
A position paper from the Greater Washington Partnership calls for the toll lanes to be built into a complete regional network that could ease the traffic jams.
According to VDOT data, morning commutes on Interstate 66 itself are somewhat faster now than a year ago except between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., when trip times are largely unchanged.
Transportation officials say that the transition to all-electronic, high-speed toll collection will: save drivers time on their commute, save the state money, reduce accidents at toll plazas, and reduce CO2 emissions as less fuel is being burned, according to a national study by the University of Central Florida.
Maryland’s $7.5 billion plans to put toll lanes on Interstate 270 and around the Capital Beltway over the American Legion Bridge will go to the public this month for the first official feedback opportunities.
As the Virginia Department of Transportation promotes faster speeds along much of the Interstate 66 corridor, more detailed data has led to a nuanced picture of where traffic speeds up and slows down.
It’s among the highest prices since tolling began Dec. 4. At the very same time one week ago, the toll was just $13.25.
A Loudoun County supervisor says he isn’t giving up after his resolution pressing the Virginia Department of Transportation to immediately lower tolls on Interstate 66 failed to move forward in an important transportation committee.
Prince William County Delegate-elect Danica Roem says she still needs proof tolls from I-66 will help improve commutes for people who live outside the Beltway.
With tolls for solo drivers on the Interstate 66 express lanes inside the Beltway spiking to as high as $40 in the first few days of operation, a Republican member of a Virginia transportation panel is calling for immediate changes. But Virginia Secretary of State Aubrey Layne says “squeezing out the single drivers” is what policymakers wanted all along.
As the second afternoon of dynamic tolling for solo drivers inside the Beltway on Interstate 66 closed, tolls were running about what they were Monday at the same time. Meanwhile, a Republican Virginia delegate is calling the morning tolls, which peaked Tuesday at $40, “just wrong,” and plans hearings and possible legislative changes.
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.
This will be the first all-lane peak-period tolling facility in the nation, Virginia transportation officials said.
The 10 initiatives include a new Potomac River bridge somewhere north of the Legion Bridge. The list of proposals is a wish list from a local transit panel of changes that would be great if money were no object; the next report, which will consider how feasible the ideas are, is due in December.
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