Tolls aren’t yet being collected on I-66 inside the Beltway but Gov. Terry McAuliffe today launched a series of new transit improvement projects that will be supported by the tolls, which will go into effect in December.
The 10 new projects, which received a total of $9.8 million from the Commonwealth, are expected to move as many as 5,000 additional people daily through the I-66 corridor. These projects are the first in a series of improvements that, along with the conversion of I-66 to Express Lanes in the peak direction during rush hours and the widening of I-66 eastbound from the Dulles Toll Road to Ballston, will help transform I-66 inside the Beltway.
“Unlocking the traffic-choked corridors that stifle economic growth and reduce Virginians’ quality of life has been on of this administration’s top priorities,” said McAuliffe. “These new multimodal initiatives, which include new bus service and incentives to car pool or van pool, offer commuters new options to get to work faster and smarter.”
The initial projects encompass Prince William, Loudoun, Fairfax, and Arlington counties and the City of Falls Church. Transit services include three new bus routes, increased service on two existing routes and last-mile connections to Metrorail stations. A new park-and-ride lot in Aldie will support current and future bus service.
The I-66 corridor will operate more efficiently due to screens that provide real-time traveler information and transportation demand management services that provide incentives to use transit or car pools, McAuliffe said. Four projects are operational today, while the remaining six will be ready to roll out by the first toll day in December.
“Through Governor McAuliffe’s leadership, and the support of our partners, we are pleased to stand by our commitment to get the first group of multimodal improvements up and running before tolling begins on I-66 Inside the Beltway,” said Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. “These and future transit improvements working in tandem with the I-66 Express Lanes will help us relieve the congestion that impacts our quality of life and the economy, while achieving our ultimate goal of moving more people through the I-66 corridor.”