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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1750 on: January 08, 2020, 06:53:24 AM »

It is always chaos when the government throws everyone out early. Took me 2 hrs to reach the American Legion Bridge (9 miles).

The answer from the Montgomery County, Maryland obstructionist cottage industry would have been that you were supposed to be taking public transit. 

Still, Metrorail tends to run better than the roadways during such storms.  At least as long as there isn't 6-8" of snow on the aboveground sections...

Did not hear of any issues with Metro itself.  I also don't know if VRE or MARC adjusted any of their schedules to accommodate the early rush hour.

If I used VRE and Metro it would take longer to commute both directions and because of the VRE schedule I would have to go from a 4-10 schedule to straight 8s, yet be gone from home the same amount of time as the 4-10 schedule, only 5 days a week instead of 4.  This is why I continue to drive (21+ years now). 
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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1751 on: January 08, 2020, 07:05:09 AM »

If I used VRE and Metro it would take longer to commute both directions and because of the VRE schedule I would have to go from a 4-10 schedule to straight 8s, yet be gone from home the same amount of time as the 4-10 schedule, only 5 days a week instead of 4.  This is why I continue to drive (21+ years now). 
Using rail transit includes the time between transfer and would be impacted by the connection time between home and VRE and between Metro and the work site.
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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1752 on: January 08, 2020, 07:43:00 AM »

So this morning, I-95’s northbound mainline was closed for six hours between the exits for the Marine base and Triangle due to a big fatal crash. The HO/T lanes remained open. I wonder what the tolls were. Haven’t seen anything and haven’t looked at Transurban’s site to try to estimate. Word is one lane is getting past the wreck site as I type this.

Very icy roads all over the place this morning. The snow was a wet snow combined with rain and it all froze overnight.


Edited to add: After I sat down at my PC at 7:50, I asked it for the toll from the HO/T lanes' southern end to the 14th Street Bridge and it was only $32.50. The bulk of that is not for the southern part, either, as it quoted $6.60 from the southern end to the slip ramp near the Prince William Parkway. There may be less commuter traffic than usual overall today, or a more spread-out morning commute, due to all the school closures and delays.
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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1753 on: January 08, 2020, 09:09:40 AM »

So this morning, I-95’s northbound mainline was closed for six hours between the exits for the Marine base and Triangle due to a big fatal crash. The HO/T lanes remained open. I wonder what the tolls were. Haven’t seen anything and haven’t looked at Transurban’s site to try to estimate. Word is one lane is getting past the wreck site as I type this.

Very icy roads all over the place this morning. The snow was a wet snow combined with rain and it all froze overnight.


Edited to add: After I sat down at my PC at 7:50, I asked it for the toll from the HO/T lanes' southern end to the 14th Street Bridge and it was only $32.50. The bulk of that is not for the southern part, either, as it quoted $6.60 from the southern end to the slip ramp near the Prince William Parkway. There may be less commuter traffic than usual overall today, or a more spread-out morning commute, due to all the school closures and delays.

The toll for just the Garrisonville to Newington segment at 5:15 was a little over $10.  It was way busier in the toll lanes than normal.

Mainline was backed up about 5 miles waiting to be forced off the interstate at Exit 148 for the fatal wreck.

The variable speed limit portion of the toll lanes was set to 55 throughout, which is the first time I can recall it being lowered solely for weather/road conditions.  The first time it snowed right after they opened a couple years back the road was snow-covered but the speed limits were still 65.
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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1754 on: January 08, 2020, 04:27:26 PM »

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If the mainline freeway was fully closed, why wouldn't they open up the HO/T lanes to get people through? They've done it before...

Gotta get money somehow I guess.
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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1755 on: January 08, 2020, 07:40:42 PM »

Apparently tonight there is another crash at the same place, but this time debris made its way into the HO/T lanes. That’s about all I know and since the puck is about to drop, I’m not looking up the tolls.
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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1756 on: February 17, 2020, 09:02:36 AM »

WTOP Radio: First look at I-395 toll lane use and financial returns finds Transurban made $25M

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New financial disclosures are shedding light on the early months of tolling and activity on Interstate 395 in Virginia.

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Transurban, the I-395 Express Lanes operator, folded the I-395 data into existing I-95 Express Lanes calculations in its report to investors on the second half of 2019. But the Australia-based company describes the I-395 lanes traffic numbers and revenue as “in line with expectations.”

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Overall, toll revenue on the I-95/I-395 corridor was up 13.6% in the second half of 2019 compared to the same period a year earlier.
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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1757 on: February 28, 2020, 10:41:53 AM »

This might belong in a broader-scope thread than this one. I saw a tweet this morning about the new GoToll app available in Virginia. It's apparently intended for people who don't use Virginia's toll roads often enough to justify getting an E-ZPass, though you do have to have a credit or debit card to use it (whereas Virginia has a system to allow cash-payers to use E-ZPass). There is a service charge of 85¢ per trip, similar to how Parkmobile charges a flat service charge per transaction (45¢, last I knew).

I imagine this might be of limited interest unless and until it were to become more broadly available across the country, in which case maybe it would be a solution to the lack of transponder interoperability.
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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1758 on: March 02, 2020, 01:52:15 PM »

Took the day off to get my Virginia REAL ID (pretty painless) and it was a nice day so I went for a little walking tour.

Taken from the S. Abingdon St. bridge over I-395, looking east-northeast. You can see there are still some sound walls that need to be put up (this was part of the Phase II of the I-395 HOT lane conversion).


Taken from the east end of the pedestrian bridge over I-395 at Shirlington. Good shot of a HOT-lane price/information board in a residential area.


Taken from the pedestrian bridge over I-395. When HOT lane conversion work was at its peak, this laydown area was jammed full of vehicles and equipment. Now, next to nothing.


Taken from the pedestrian bridge, looking south/outbound. Good example of the new LED lights for the HOT lanes, whereas the general-purpose lanes still have the orange-hue sodium filament bulbs.


Pedestrian-level view of the new sound walls, from the non-freeway side (S. 31st St.). There used to be trees and shrubberies here acting as the buffer between the local road and the highway.


End of the sound walls on S. 31st Street.
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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1759 on: March 02, 2020, 02:38:39 PM »

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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1760 on: March 03, 2020, 11:15:20 PM »

Gave it another try.
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Re: Northern Virginia HOT Lanes
« Reply #1761 on: March 04, 2020, 07:47:23 AM »

They work now. Nice to get a different angle for viewing that highway.
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« Reply #1762 on: March 06, 2020, 03:43:57 PM »

WRC-TV 4 ("NBC4"): I-395 Express Lanes to Close for 10 Consecutive Weekends

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Drivers who use I-395 need to know about a series of weekend closures that could affect your travel plans.

Starting the weekend of March 6-8, Express Lanes will close from near Edsall Road to the D.C. line.

The closures will begin at 11 p.m. Fridays and end at 4 a.m. Monday mornings.
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