All Posts in ‘I-66’

Fixing I-66 Outside the Beltway. Is There a Greater Regional Transportation Need?

At the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s November meeting some members questioned whether any regional transportation funds should be invested in I-66 outside the Beltway, despite key critical interchanges such as I-66 at Rt. 28 currently being in the Authority’s long-range regional transportation plan. Seriously? I-66 is Northern Virginia’s Main Street, providing critical connections between nearly […]

Tip o’ the Hat to a Better I-66 Inside the Beltway Proposal

Yesterday Governor McAuliffe announced that his administration would drop its proposal requiring non-peak direction users of I-66 inside of the Beltway to pay tolls to sit in congestion during AM and PM rush hours. Single occupant drivers travelling in the peak direction (east in the AM; west in PM) would continue to pay tolls, which […]

NIMBY Madness Leads to More Congestion

Arlington County’s 2009 lawsuit to stop the I-95/I-395 HOT Lanes project was just one in a long list of Northern Virginia locality actions that have delayed, downsized or defeated and run-up the cost of badly needed transportation improvements. It’s not by accident area residents lose more time and money stuck in congestion than just about […]

I-66 Inside the Beltway; Key Questions Remain

Last week members of the General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability questioned Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne on the McAuliffe administration’s rush hour I-66 Inside the Beltway tolling and transit proposal. The Secretary’s answers to key questions and continuing legislative/Alliance concerns include: What is being done to address the severe congestion that occurs on I-66 […]

McAuliffe Administration’s I-66 Inside the Beltway Proposal Fire! Aim! Ready!

The McAuliffe administration’s plan to toll and transit-enhance I-66 inside the Capital Beltway is problematic in many respects. Most transportation projects submitted and approved for the region’s long range plans are the result of considerable study and public input. However this proposal has been placed in the plan and scheduled for completion in 2017 with   […]

I-66 Inside Capital Beltway Chronology – 77 Years in the Making

I-66 inside the Beltway is one of the region’s major transportation choke points. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Planned in the 1960s and early 1970s as an 8-lane (4 in each direction) facility with a link via the Spout Run Parkway to a new Three Sisters Potomac River Bridge to the Whitehurst freeway, […]

I-66 Study Details Please

“Smart, transparent and efficient transportation policy is an underpinning of a healthy economy – and no one understands that better than Gov. Terry McAuliffe.”  -VA Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne, Op-Ed Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3/14/15 From the outset, Governor McAuliffe has stressed the importance of transparency in transportation planning. Last week Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne presented a […]

TPB Newsletter (and the TPB) Ignore Majority I-66 Input

A recent Transportation Planning Board newsletter summarizing the public comments received regarding VDOT’s I-66 improvement proposals claimed that “A majority of the comments sought more details and greater commitments from VDOT that the multimodal aspects of the proposals, especially the new commuter and rapid bus services, would indeed be implemented.” Not quite A review of […]

Upgrading I-66 Requires Bold Approach

In January 14th testimony, the Alliance urged the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to move forward with plans to improve and upgrade I-66 outside the Beltway, stating that improving Northern Virginia’s “Main Street”  is critical to sustaining our regional economy. The Alliance stressed that given I-66’s significance and current and future projected usage, it is critically […]

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