VDOT releases day-one analysis of I-66 tolls

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia Department of Transportation reported in a release today that they found morning and afternoon commutes on Dec. 4, the first full day of express lanes on I-66, were faster than on the same day in 2016.

The average round trip price was $14.50, VDOT said. They also provided the following statistics:

  • “A total of 13,473 vehicles used I-66 Inside the Beltway between the hours of 5:30-9:30am;
  • Of this total 5,082 or 38 percent were carpoolers who traveled free;
  • Only 39 vehicles, or 0.29 percent, paid the posted highest toll of $34.50;
  • 34 percent of vehicles paid less than $10; and,
  • Travel times were 10-12 minutes compared with 15-30 minutes last December.”

The new tolling on I-66 is part of Governor McAuliffe’s initiative to reduce gridlock on the route, in addition to an eastbound widening initiative.

The toll revenue from the new express lanes will be put back toward transit initiatives like new bus routes and increased Metrorail service.