Virginia transportation officials are considering private sector financing to build new high-occupancy toll roads along Interstate 66 between the Capital Beltway and Haymarket, Va., as well for a series of other options to improve travel conditions along the corridor.
Offical believe that a multimodal solution is the only way to address the congestion along the highway, state Transportation Secretary Aubrey Lane said Thursday.
Beyond HOT lanes, other possible improvements could include:
- Adding general purpose lanes to I-66
- Expanding the Metrorail system to Washington, D.C.’s western suburbs
- Building a light rail connecting the western suburbs with metro rail
- Creating a bus rapid transit system from Vienna to the western suburb Haymarket
- Extending commuter rail options to the area
- Upgrading transportation communication systems to allow travelers real-time information
“We are dedicated to getting the project to fruition,” said Lane according to the Washington Post. The I-66 project is “the number one project in Northern Virginia.”
A public-private partnership for I-66 will be highly likely, according to Lane. “I don’t believe the project will come to fruition if we only use tax dollars.”