NVT Alliance Policy Director, Nancy Hiteshue Smith, appeared on News Channel 8’s NewsTalk Tuesday morning to praise Governor McAuliffe’s recently announced conversion of I-395 HOV lanes to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) express lanes and discuss other regional transportation matters including improvements to I-66 Outside and Inside the Beltway.
“[The I-395 project] will provide great options for travelers through the corridor with additional third lane, Smith said, “As we have seen on I-95 and I-495 the [addition of] Express Lanes, not only has it provided reliable travel time for users in the Express Lanes but has also improved travel time in the general purpose lanes….it’s a win-win for travelers in the corridor.”
Conversion of I-395 HOV lanes is a longstanding Alliance priority.
You can read more about the project to extend the 95 Express Lanes up the I-395 corridor here.
Smith said the Alliance endorsed the proposed addition of two express lanes to I-66 outside the Beltway, but is concerned that the inside the Beltway proposal is focused exclusively on peak period when in reality the roadway is heavily congested routinely during the mid-day, evenings and on weekends.
She was joined by Marty Nohe, Chairman of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, for an interesting discussion on the state of transportation in Northern Virginia.
You can view the interview here.