The Commonwealth selected Express Mobility Partners in November 2016 to build new Express Lanes on Interstate 66 Outside the Beltway, between the I-495 Capital Beltway and Gainesville, with the goal of increasing person throughput by highway and transit improvements in this congested corridor.
As part of the agreement, Express Mobility Providers provided an advance concession payment to the Commonwealth for use on projects that will benefit users of the corridor, including:
DRPT directs the expenditure of the I-66 Outside the Beltway Annual Transit Payment. These funds are not part of the Commuter Choice programs administered by NVTC. The first Annual Transit Payment was transferred to DRPT for programming in FY22 and Annual Transit Payments will continue through 2066.
All of the new commuter bus services funded by the Annual Transit Payments will directly utilize the I-66 Express Lanes and all are scheduled to begin service after the Express Lanes become fully operational in December 2022.
FY22 and FY23 funding from the Annual Transit Payments will be allocated to OmniRide and Fairfax Connector for new Commuter Bus services that will directly utilize the new Express Lanes, and to VRE to support a future expansion on VRE’s Manassas Line.