Virginia’s plans to add HOT lanes — toll lanes where HOV-3 carpoolers ride free — to I-66 inside and outside the Beltway were approved by regional planners on Wednesday to be included in a key air quality study, a prerequisite for making it to the region’s long-range transportation plan of highway and transit projects.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is calling for a nationwide audit of public transit systems that operate trains in tunnels after a recent fatal smoke incident on the Washington, D.C. Metrorail system.
Metro knew for years that a federally funded alarm system that warns of outages in its emergency response radio network didn’t work properly in subway tunnels, but the agency never told the fire officials who depend on the equipment, senior emergency responders said.
Among the 37,000 vehicles traveling in Northern Virginia’s new 95 Express Lanes on an average weekday, 33 percent are using an E-ZPass Flex in the carpool setting, according to the express lanes operator. The first figures released since high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes operations began on Dec. 29 show an average toll of $4.01.