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The Commonwealth Transportation Board on Dec. 9 approved six projects for funding using revenues from the Interstate 66 Express Lanes, and directed the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission to make the funding available.

Localities and transportation agencies across the region submitted proposals for the projects, which were scored via a cost-benefit analysis.

Because of a significant drop in toll traffic during the current public-health situation, funding for proposed projects has declined from what had been anticipated pre-pandemic. The six projects represent total spending of $3.48 million.

“We’re expanding the transportation network now using a conservative strategy focused on low-cost projects and longstanding assets to ensure access to convenient, safe and reliable choices whenever people are ready to commute,” said Northern Virginia Transportation Commission executive director Kate Mattice.

Projects approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board include:

• $1 million toward the north entrance to the McLean Metro station, submitted by the Fairfax County government. It was the highest-scoring proposal among those approved for funding.

• $710,000 for an HOV- and bus-only lane in Rosslyn, submitted by the Arlington County government.

• $709,030 for renewal of Metro-connection service from Purcellville, submitted by the Loudoun County government.

• $461,100 for renewal of bus service from Gainesville to the Pentagon and Washingtn Navy Yard, submitted by OmniRide.

• $460,000 for implementation of BikeShare service, submitted by the city of Fairfax.

• $137,100 for renewal of bus service from Haymarket to Rosslyn, submitted by OmniRide.

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission previously used toll revenue to fund 36 projects, investing more than $60 million into multimodal improvements in both the I-66 and I-395 corridors.

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CJE

Who will ride a bus when there's a stop sign, traffic light, or crosswalk every 100 feet and tens of thousands more people use the streets for recreation?

Haymarket2008

Glad to see the Haymarket bus stay funded. Once the new express lanes open it will be able to take them all the way to Ballston/Rosslyn. That trip on Omniride today takes just over an hour and I'm willing to bet the new lanes easily cuts 10-15min off that, which is pretty darn good. That commuter lot is really easy to get to as well, right at the corner of 66/15/Heathcote.

I don't know when MWCOG will take a new look at Activity Centers, but they really should consider making Haymarket one (not the town itself but just to the west of it). You have the Novant hospital and now Kaiser Permanente there, and there are plans for more medical offices, retail, and potentially hotels right there as well. Add in the townhouses that are already there (Market Center, Haymarket Crossing, etc.) and all the growing retail on the other side of I-66, and that area has a bit of the "live-work-play" that everyone strives for.

godgoldnguns

Nobody is riding PRTC buses right now. The lots are empty. The Mclean metro station is also one of the stations scheduled to be shut down next year by metro due to budget issues. We need cutbacks to both metro and bus service now while there is no traffic and low ridership.

NoVAdweller

I wonder how many people actually use the Metro-connection service from Purcellville and if it's worth 700k to spend during times like this. They are just funding projects to keep some money in their budget instead of giving it up and saving

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