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Old 11-20-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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What is the status of putting HOT Lanes on I-95 and I395 stretch? Something needs to be done. The traffic is just awful and I feel it is getting worse! Can't find out when the HOT Lanes will be built. I remember reading about how the HOV drivers and sluggers opposed it which is ridiculous. There is so much wasted space on those lanes. I think the idea that people could pay a toll to ride on the lanes is a great idea. Sounds like the tolls would be too high to ride everyday but atleast would have the option if you really need it. For example, I needed to get home early to help my wife deal with a sick kid and left work about 1 and a half hour early. I still got home at my usual time bc the traffic was so bad! I would have paid anything to get home. It is just maddening how bad the traffic is. Anyone else find the traffic just completely insane and sit in the traffic staring at all that empty unused space on the HOV lanes!!!! Anyway, if anyone could let me know the status of the HOT Lanes, would appreciate it.
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:22 PM
 
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Go to vdot's megaprojects web site.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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See: Virginia HOT Lanes -- This describes the HOT lanes on the Beltway only, but they will likely have an impact on the 95/395 corridor.

See: Virginia Megaprojects -- This describes every aspect of HOT lane construction in Virginia, including the 95/395 corridor.

The timetable I found:

  • Project will be built in two sections. The northern section will add another HOV lane for 28 miles from the Pentagon to Dumfries. The southern section will build two new HOV lanes another 28 miles south to Spotsylvania County.
  • Cost: Under negotiation
  • Start date: Mid 2010 pending commercial and financial agreement (Northern section)
  • Estimated completion: TBD
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:51 AM
 
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tysons2008,

I use the I395 HOV lanes each day as a "slugger". I'm against the HOT lanes. I feel that the HOT lanes project will make the HOV lanes more congested & increase the commute times for people that currently use the HOV lanes.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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tysons2008,

I use the I395 HOV lanes each day as a "slugger". I'm against the HOT lanes. I feel that the HOT lanes project will make the HOV lanes more congested & increase the commute times for people that currently use the HOV lanes.
Agreed, I don't like the idea of HOT Lanes. It already annoys me that hybrids can ride solo...

Did you know that tax payer money will be used to pay for HOV/Motorcycles since they don't pay?! How ridiculous is that!!!! The toll will just keep going up and up (Dulles Toll Road and Dulles Greenway). Rather than allowing "pay for play", why not incentify mass transit.
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:19 AM
 
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Agreed, I don't like the idea of HOT Lanes. It already annoys me that hybrids can ride solo...

Did you know that tax payer money will be used to pay for HOV/Motorcycles since they don't pay?! How ridiculous is that!!!! The toll will just keep going up and up (Dulles Toll Road and Dulles Greenway). Rather than allowing "pay for play", why not incentify mass transit.
Cause nobody likes mass transit, remember
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Old 11-23-2009, 03:06 PM
 
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Oh I could see where the HOV lane users would oppose the project. Their life is grand. Unfortunately, those lanes are well underutilized. I like the fact that the HOT Lanes would replace the violaters and hybrids with toll paying customers - mostly folks using them occassionally when they have to get somewhere on time - with toll funds coming back to make transit improvements along 395 and 95.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:56 PM
 
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Oh I could see where the HOV lane users would oppose the project. Their life is grand. Unfortunately, those lanes are well underutilized. I like the fact that the HOT Lanes would replace the violaters and hybrids with toll paying customers - mostly folks using them occassionally when they have to get somewhere on time - with toll funds coming back to make transit improvements along 395 and 95.

My understanding is that, because the State is broke, it's letting private companies build the HOT lanes....an Australian outfit (Fluor?) in the case of the Beltway HOT lanes.

The profits from those toll funds will go straight into the pockets of their stock/bondholders....
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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Increase HOV enforcement. A guy last week got popped for a $1000 fine from his 4th HOV violation. Also give those jerks who line up for HOV tickets 'cause it creates a spectacle and people gawk while slowing down (grrrrr)
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:59 AM
 
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The tolls money first pays for the debt, then return for investors, BUT then % of funds come back to the state that can only be used for improvements within the corridor. I also like the fact that the private company would fund state troopers to eliminate the HOV violaters and use occupancy detection technology. That's why I would like the toll option to ride the lanes when I need to get somewhere on time. Replace the cheaters and hybrids with toll paying customers with funds coming back to pay for bus rapid transit from Fredericksburg to DC.
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