VDOT Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is planning to extend the I95/395 HOT lanes north to the Pentagon in order to reduce congestion in the corridor, improve safety and give more choice to travelers. [The Draft EA for this was just completed]. The toll revenue from those lanes will be directed several places, including an annual transit payment, sound wall construction and, most notably, at least $15 million a year for Transportation Demand Management initiatives.
Eligible projects will increase mobility and move more people along I-95 and I-395 and benefit toll payers in the I-395 corridor.
− Enhanced service to existing routes
− New local and commuter bus service
− Transit capital (bus and rail) projects
− Park and ride lots
− TDM program enhancements
There is nothing specifically suggesting bicycling initiatives in the corridor, but TDM funding has paid for, or been suggested to pay for, bicycle projects in the past. Things like bicycle parking at transit and bikeshare stations are examples.
Work on the Transit/TDM study began in April and tomorrow night there will be a public Open House to discuss the status of the Study.
The public Open House will be from 5 :30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, at Alexandria City Hall, (301 King St.) in the Sister Cities Conference Room (room 1101).
The purpose of the I-95/I-395 Transit/TDM Study is to develop a comprehensive list of transit and TDM projects that would be eligible for funding from revenues generated by the I-395 Express Lanes Extension project.... DRPT staff will be in attendance at the Open House to answer questions.
If you can't go, perhaps you can fill out the survey.
One other impact of note. It does appear from the map of sound wall construction that a wall will be built on the south side of I-95 where the Four Mile Run Trail and I-95.