I-66 Corridor Improvements
VDOT and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) are working on a project to transform 25 miles of I-66 from U.S. Route 15 in Haymarket to I-495/Capital Beltway into a multimodal corridor that moves traffic and people more efficiently. Under the proposed plan, I-66 would be improved to provide:
- Three regular lanes in each direction
- Two express lanes in each direction
- High-frequency bus service with predictable travel times
- Enhanced commuter park and ride lots
- Direct access between the express lanes and new or expanded commuter lots
The proposed improvements would provide new travel choices, while enhancing transportation safety and travel reliability.
How Express Lanes Work
The proposed express lanes would be dynamically-priced toll lanes that are designed to provide a reliable, faster trip. Drivers traveling with three or more occupants would be considered high occupancy vehicles, and could use the express lanes for free at any time.
Transit Options: A Key Priority
A transit and transportation demand management (TDM) planning process is underway by VDOT and DRPT in coordination with the development of the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. The transit/TDM recommendations, which are integral to the overall Project, are focused on the following objectives:
- Efficient use of public transportation infrastructure and services
- Reduction in congestion
- Increase in the availability and reliability of travel choices
- Improvement in the attractiveness, reliability and quality of transit
- Increase in park-and-ride space supply, convenience and availability
- Effective use of the region’s developed and emerging managed lanes network, including I-66, I-495, I-395 and I-95 through Integrated Corridor Management (ICM)
For additional information, please see the transit exhibits from the Public Information Meetings that were held in January and February 2015.