66 EXPRESS LANES NOW FULLY OPEN BETWEEN ROUTE 29 IN GAINESVILLE AND I-495

About the Project

University Boulevard (Gainesville) Park and Ride Lot

University Boulevard (Gainesville) Park and Ride Lot

The Transform 66 Project is expanding transit and carpool use in the I-66 corridor by adding a new park and ride lot in Gainesville at University Boulevard and Route 29 (Lee Highway).  About 1,000 spaces opened in October 2019 to support carpool, vanpool, and OmniRide commuter bus service during construction. When complete in 2022, the lot will include more than 2,000 spaces and offer direct access to the new Express Lanes from ramps at University Boulevard. 

Details include:

  • 2,046 commuter parking spaces by project opening, with room to expand to 2,500 spaces.
  • Four bus bays with covered waiting areas and real-time bus service information.
  • Designated locations with covered waiting areas for carpool/slugging, as well as a kiss-and-ride area.
  • Ample room and easy access for vanpool parking.
  • Amenities such as real-time parking availability information, covered bicycle racks, lighting, and security cameras.

Get a closer look at what’s planned through the Transform 66 Interactive Map.

Commuter bus service is currently available through OmniRideserving the Pentagon, L’Enfant Plaza, and Navy Yard..

University Boulevard Park and Ride Express Lanes Access

  • Two new ramps provide Express Lanes access to and from the east just south of the park and ride lot
  • No general-purpose lanes access will be added.

University Blvd. Park and Ride Lot

Construction Update (Updated November 15, 2022)

  • About 1,000 spaces open currently. 

  • Full lot will contain approximately 2,000 spaces when completed.
  • Activities include lighting, site work, revegetation, and adding entrance from Route 29.
  • Ramp connections between University Boulevard and Express Lanes open. 
  • Open to commuters. Construction activities continue.

University Boulevard Park and Ride Lot and Express Lanes Access Ramps

University Boulevard Park and Ride Lot and Express Lanes Access Ramps. (October 20, 2022)

What Drivers Can Expect

  • Construction-related detours and stoppages may be in place periodically.
  • New traffic patterns may be implemented as construction progresses.
  • Drivers should slow down, stay focused, and be alert for construction crews.

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Timeline

Anticipated Schedule Dates
Clearing activities began June 2018
Excavation, berm work, blasting operations Winter 2018
First 1,000 spaces available October 7, 2019
Express Lanes open December 2022

Resources

Concept Plans (Gainesville) - PDF, 7.2MB
Concept Plans (Gainesville) - PDF, 9.5MB
OmniRide Commuter Bus Service to Pentagon - Website
Press Release - Website


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