Wednesday, September 17, 2008


For some time, we here at the VACostCutting Blog have talked about alternative ideas to address Virginia's transportation needs. We've discussed various ideas about privatization, fixing a seriously flawed federal funding system, public-private partnerships for maintenance, as well as HOT lanes.

And now, HOT lanes are becoming a reality in Virginia.

The process of adding High Occupancy Toll lanes to the Capital Beltway in Virginia is under way, forcing motorists to be aware of new traffic patterns. The $1.9 billion project will introduce express toll lanes to the Beltway, allowing commuters to pay to use the lanes and speed past traffic delays in the normal travel lanes.

This is a good thing for Virginia commuters, and we look forward to seeing more innovative solutions to our transportation needs in the Commonwealth.


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