The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission said it will consider 17 projects designed to ease traffic congestion in the I-66 corridor, including proposals to expand rail service and improve access to public transit.

The projects, totaling $32.9 million in possible work, came from nearly all local governments in Northern Virginia, plus Virginia Railway Express. The funds would come from toll revenue generated on I-66 inside the Beltway.

Projects include:

  • $6.2 million for multimodal access to the West Falls Church Metro station.
  • $6 million for VRE track and station improvements at L’Enfant Plaza, and $4 million for improvements at Crystal City.
  • $4.48 million to add commuter bus service from the Vienna Metro station to the Pentagon.
  • $3.7 million to improve bus service from Manassas.
  • $1.044 million for a Park N’ Ride lot in Purcellville, Va. in Loudoun County.
  • $496,000 for Capital Bikeshare stations along the I-66 corridor.

The NVTC and Commonwealth of Virginia signed a 40-year Memorandum of Agreement in January of 2017, allowing NVTC to use toll revenues from I-66 inside the Beltway to fund transportation projects.

There will be public hearings on March 20 and April 5 to discuss the proposed I-66 projects, and the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board expects to make final selections this summer.