All Posts in ‘I-66 Inside the Beltway’

Key Alliance I-66 Strategic Priority Advances; NVT Alliance Applauds I-66 inside the Beltway Compromise

In a Sunday, February 21st Washington Post Op-Ed entitled “The I-66 compromise is a responsible solution to an obvious problem”, NVT Alliance CEO David Birtwistle applauded the recent compromise deal on the proposed I-66 inside the Beltway improvements as an excellent example of bi-partisan cooperation to advance the greater public good for a much needed […]

Hallelujah! I-66 Inside Beltway Widening Accelerated!

Today’s announcement that Virginia will begin immediately to construct a new eastbound I-66 lane between the Dulles Connector and Ballston is great news for motorists and transit users as well as our region’s economy and quality of life. A new eastbound lane also means less traffic on North Arlington neighborhood streets and improved accessibility to […]

A Tale of Two Policies

A third westbound I-66 lane already exists west of Ballston. The need for a similar eastbound lane is obvious. The McAuliffe administration’s rush to forge an agreement to toll I-66 Inside the Beltway with no certainty that new eastbound capacity will be added for a decade or more is unfortunate. A recent Virginia Business Magazine […]

The I-66 Inside Beltway Hokey Pokey ……. Politics: That’s What It’s all About

The Alliance has often praised Governor McAuliffe’s for his strong advocacy for taking politics out of transportation project selection and implementation. Yet in terms of I-66 inside the Beltway the problem IS politics. Opposition from a single jurisdiction has created the possibility of another 10 years of increasingly congested travel conditions for thousands of Arlington and other […]

Key Alliance I-395 Strategic Priority Advances NVT Alliance Discusses Regional Transportation Projects on News Channel 8

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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