Dr. Gridlock: 95 Express Lanes


Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Highway historian looks at HOT lanes projects

Writer who explored 20th century changes takes on 21st century express lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:21 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Toll gantry installation underway along I-95

Don’t worry, they won’t be operational until the 95 Express Lanes open in early 2015.

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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Early getaway traffic may encounter I-395 detour

I-395 is scheduled to shut late Friday, and drivers will follow an overnight detour.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:39 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Thanksgiving getaway, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Difficult weekend ahead for I-95 drivers in Virginia

Some drivers heading south from the D.C. area this weekend will encounter delays because of the region’s biggest road work project.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:34 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, I-95, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 10/16/2013

I-95 HOT lanes will be a new experience with tolling for some

The 95 Express Lanes, now half done, will impose toll on lanes sometimes used for free.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:21 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Tolls

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Watch for weekend closings of I-95 HOV lanes

A new round of HOV lane closings starts this weekend along 29 miles of I-95/395 in Virginia.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:41 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 09/09/2013

I-95 drivers get to compare travel times

Morning commuters see travel time estimates to the Pentagon via regular lanes versus the HOV lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:36 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, I-95, Tysons, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 08/02/2013

Hours changing on I-95/395 HOV lanes to ease congestion

The adjustment begins Monday and will continue till mid-October.

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Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 07/29/2013

Several highway projects will affect D.C. area travel

Traffic volumes are lighter in summer, but that's prime time for roadwork.

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Tags:  95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Mark Center, Maryland Department of Transportation, Traffic tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 07/19/2013

I-95 work zones plentiful this weekend

Travelers in both Maryland and Virginia should be aware of several work areas that could slow them down significantly.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:49 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Weekend road work

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 07/12/2013

The weekend and beyond: McCartney at Nats Park, Bastille Day celebration, rail and road delays

Metro will work on three lines. The biggest road project is on I-95 in Virginia.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:03 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 07/11/2013

Weekend warning: I-95 South overnight shutdowns in Northern Virginia

No road work zone deserves as much monitoring as where the 95 Express Lanes are being built.

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Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 07/10/2013

More drivers use Beltway express lanes, report says

Operator says traffic increased more than a third in March-June quarter.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:12 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, Transurban, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Virginia asking private sector for ideas on I-66 improvements

Ideas include converting the HOV lanes to express toll lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:26 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, Interstate 66, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 06/21/2013

The weekend and beyond: Metro work on two lines, Interstate lane closings in Virginia

Highlights of weekend slowdowns, plus some summer driving tips.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:16 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock Column, Getways, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 05/17/2013

The weekend and beyond: Metro delays, I-95 work, festivals, Capitol Hill race

Metro is working on three rail lines. The major road work delays are likely to be on I-95 south of D.C.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:22 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Capitol Hill Classic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Taste of Arlington, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 04/29/2013

The week ahead: Metro late-night work, Beltway lane closings, Silver Line construction

Metro has an extensive schedule of late-night track work. The region's road work program is picking up after the winter lull.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:11 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Silver Line, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 04/22/2013

The week ahead: sports crowds, road work, transit meetings

Some road construction projects are starting, and so is the District's pothole-patching campaign.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:19 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Fairfax Connector, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Riders' Advisory Council, Silver Line, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 04/05/2013

The weekend and beyond: blossom festival events, free ride on Beltway express lanes

The cherry blossoms are nearing full bloom, drawing crowds to the Tidal Basin. Will drivers be drawn to the toll-free ride on the 495 Express Lanes?

By Robert Thomson  |  09:44 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, Cherry Blossom Festival, d.c. circulator, Dr. Gridlock, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 03/29/2013

The weekend and beyond: baseball, basketball and blossoms

Expect crowds in D.C. for Cherry Blossom Festival events, a Nationals exhibition on Friday and NCAA basketball on Saturday.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:20 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, Cherry Blossom Festival, Dr. Gridlock, Metro, Nationals Park, NCAA basketball, traffic, transit tips, Verizon Center, WMATA

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 02/25/2013

The week ahead: Metro late-night work, lane closings in D.C. region

Not a bad week for travelers in the D.C. area, with limited work schedules on the roads and rails

By Robert Thomson  |  09:45 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  95 Express Lanes, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/05/2013

New PTI traffic delay index is the pit of despair for D.C. area commuters

Researchers at the Texas Transportation Institute who provide guidance on how bad congestion is getting in urban areas have come up with a new way to measure traffic pain.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:44 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, congestion, D.C. traffic, Dr. Gridlock, highways, Maryland traffic, Virginia traffic

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 01/28/2013

HOT lanes continue to befuddle drivers

Inquiries have been steady since the 495 Express Lanes opened in November, but in Monday's online chat, travelers also asked about the lanes on I-95.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:19 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 12/17/2012

The week ahead: New bridge ramp, late-night Metro work

Road and transit projects continue during the week before Christmas, but the biggest development in road work is a good one for commuters.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:09 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, 95 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Metro, SoberRide, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/01/2012

Shorter days, playoff potential, a rush of road work: the week ahead for traffic, transit

The Nationals home schedule remains in flux, but the road work pace is steady in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Capital Beltway, Metro, Events | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Nationals, Redskins, 495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Preparing for September Shock: the week ahead for traffic, transit

Commuters should expect heavier traffic and more crowding on the trains as vacations and and more schools reopen this week.

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Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Capital Beltway, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, District Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, Wilson Bridge, 495 Express Lanes, 95 Express Lanes, 11th Street Bridge

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Virginia announces final deal on I-95 express lanes

Construction of the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on I-95 is scheduled to start very soon and be done around the end of 2014.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:32 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia, Highways, Transportation Politics | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, I-95 Express Lanes, I-495 Express Lanes, HOT lanes, Capital Beltway, Gov. McDonnell