Kickoff to I-66 upgrade

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Arlington County Board Chairman Libby Garvey (D) ham it up at a photo opportunity following the Aug. 1, 2016, start of a project that will bring high-occupancy toll lanes to Interstate 66 inside the Beltway. The event took place on the parking deck of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, which is located above I-66. (Photo by Brian Trompeter)

Single-occupant drivers using the Interstate 66 Express Lanes inside the Capital Beltway spent, on average, $12.72 per round-trip for the privilege, according to new data set to be presented to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.

The average price for eastbound trips was $8.28, with the average price for westbound trips $4.44 during the period from Dec. 4 (when the Express Lanes project opened) to April 30.

The system uses “dynamic tolling” to adjust prices up and down depending on the amount of traffic during rush hours (5:30 to 9:30 a.m. eastbound, 3 to 7 p.m. westbound). There is no upper limit to the toll rate that can be imposed on single-occupant vehicles, while those with two or more occupants travel for free.

In April, the average round-trip cost for single-occupant vehicles was $14.13 ($9.27 eastbound and $4.86 westbound) and 0.3 percent of the 676,840 toll trips cost $40 or more, according to new data.

For the month of April, travel speeds on I-66 eastbound during the morning commute averaged 51.3 mph, compared to 46.7 mph a year before, while travel speeds in the evening commute westbound averaged 55 mph, up from 47.9 mph a year before.

According to regional transportation officials, drivers on most arterial roadways in the I-66 catchment area – including Routes 7, 29 and 50 – did not see reduced travel speeds in April compared to a year before due to traffic spillover. One exception: There were reduced speeds on the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

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Same Libby Garvey who drives around Arlington in her SUV telling everyone to ride bicycles 24/7/365?


Notice how Transurban never provides this information for I-95? Some info, but never this detailed.

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