Virginia has developed a network of more than 85 miles of dynamic tolling that in the past decade has changed traffic patterns on interstates 66, 95, 395 and 495.
While traffic congestion problems continue in Northern Virginia, the growing toll road system is delivering positive results, including gains in carpooling, benefits to transit users, and revenue that helps to pay for transit projects and services. Toll revenues support transit services that provide low-cost and reliable travel options to commuters, remove cars from congested roadways, and help to optimize the transportation network by moving more people.
Virginia has continued to expand its express lanes, with the aim of ameliorating traffic issues. At the same time, additional miles of toll revenue translate to more funding available to transit and transportation demand management projects.
The Commonwealth selected Express Mobility Partners in 2016 to build new Express Lanes on I-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.
Express Mobility Providers also provides annual transit payments through 2066 to the Commonwealth to support enhanced bus transit, transportation demand management, and commuter rail services in the corridor. DRPT directs the expenditure of those payments.
Toll revenues from the 66 Express Lanes and the 395/95 Express Lanes provide funding for multimodal projects that benefit the users of those corridors and that are selected for funding by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the Commonwealth Transportation Board through the competitive Commuter Choice grant program.
Commuter Choice projects benefit express lanes toll payers by expanding travel options and helping more people move more efficiently through the 66 and 395/95 corridors, thereby lessening congestion and supporting reliable travel speeds.