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The 2017 extension of I-95 toll lanes in Virginia reduced commute times.

The 2017 extension of I-95 toll lanes in Virginia reduced commute times.

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I-95 VA TOLL LANE IMPROVED COMMUTE TIMES THIS YEAR

Commuters going North and South along I-95 in Virginia have moved through the toll lanes quicker this year than last. That improvement comes after a two-mile extension of the 95 Express Lanes opened in October 2017 to reduce backups in the regular and toll lanes at the original southern merge. From WTOP:

“Afternoon rush hour tolls for trips from anywhere in the lanes that end at or south of Garrisonville dropped by 8.2 percent — from $21.52 between Nov. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017, to $19.76 in the period between Nov. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018.”

Extending the toll lanes two miles South “has led to more rush-hour drivers taking longer trips in the lanes, because lower tolls and shorter backups at the merge mean fewer spikes in toll prices for the last few miles, [Transurban’s Mike] McGurk said.” Toll prices increase as congestion increases in specific segments of the route. “Fewer drivers appear to be bailing out into the regular lanes around Quantico.”

Commute Times Have Improved Since the Garrisonville Extension Opened

Again, from WTOP:

“Southbound travel time in the regular lanes from Exit 150 to Exit 143 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays was about 1.5 minutes fasterin 2018 year-to-date compared to 2017 in the same months. That compares to 30 seconds slower on average this year than at the same time last year” if you took the regular lanes.

“Northbound in the morning, the extension has significantly sped up trips in the regular lanes between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. The average travel time between Exit 133 and Exit 150 dropped from 28.7 minutes last year to 19.2 minutes this year.”

Virginia’s I-95 Toll Lanes Will Soon Go All The Way to Fredricksburg

WTOP, once again:

“Additional extension work is expected to kick off this spring to push the lanes 10 miles south toward Fredericksburg by 2022.”

“Transurban is in the final stages of selecting another private company to work with on designing and building the $595 million extension, which also includes new ramps for the lanes at Quantico. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring to bring the HOV or toll lanes south to U.S. Route 17 (Exit 133).”

“About a year later [2023], VDOT expects to open a similar new $132 million northbound I-95 Rappahannock River crossing in 2023 with regular lanes added from just south of Virginia Route 3 (Exit 130) to just north of U.S. 17 (Exit 133), where the reversible Express Lanes extension will end.”

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