Dr. Gridlock: HOT lanes


Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 11/01/2013

Some drivers still uncomfortable with year-old HOT lanes

While some use the Beltway lanes to avoid congestion, other drivers remain suspicious of them.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:08 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, HOT lanes, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012

Police urge drivers to learn about Beltway changes

Virginia state police are asking that people in the D.C. area have their holiday visitors familiarize themselves with the new Beltway traffic patterns.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock:, HOT lanes, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 11/20/2012

POLL: Will you use the new 495 Express Lanes?

Drivers, will you use the new 495 Express Lanes? And if so, how often?

By Mark Berman  |  11:51 AM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Beltway, beltway i-495, beltway virginia, capital beltway, hot lanes beltway, hot lanes beltway 495, hot lanes capital beltway, hot lanes virginia beltway, i-495 express, i-495 hot, i-495 northern virginia, i-495 virginia

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 11/19/2012

495 Express Lanes open for first rush hour

There are some delays on the Beltway, but the new 495 Express Lanes appear free of congestion.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  09:21 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, A.M. traffic, Beltway, Commuting, HOT lanes, Morning commute, morning traffic, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 11/16/2012

The 495 Express Lanes are open. What do you think?

DR GRIDLOCK | Share your experiences on the new HOT lanes, which opened Saturday.

By Mark Berman  |  04:30 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, 495 hot lanes, beltway express lanes, beltway hot, Beltway HOT lanes, HOT lanes, i-495 express lanes, i-495 hot lanes

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 11/16/2012

Last-minute drill on rules for using Beltway express lanes

Dr. Gridlock reviews these essentials: The rules for using the lanes and the safety features.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:53 PM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock:, HOT lanes, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 11/14/2012

Virginia officials exude confidence in Beltway express lanes

Several hundred officials gathered for a pre-opening ceremony Tuesday, but drivers will decide how big a success the lanes really are.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:55 AM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock; Capital Beltway; HOT lanes; Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Virginia express lanes operator prepares for opening

Transurban officials urge drivers to prepare for fall opening as well.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:06 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Beltway HOT lanes, D.C. traffic, D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Maryland Department of Transportation, Transurban, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 10/17/2012

New Beltway commute will be a learning experience

A driver asks about E-ZPass transponders.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:42 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Beltway HOT lanes, Commuting, D.C. transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Virginia Department of Transportation

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

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/03/2011

How HOT lanes network will work

If the I-95 High Occupancy Toll lanes project goes ahead as described by Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton, then the state will have created a remarkable 40-mile long network of managed lanes for commuters who work in such job centers as Tysons Corner, Merrifield, Fort Belvoir and Quantico.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:45 AM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Virginia, Virginia, Virginia | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Va. Beltway closings scheduled

The scheduled Installation of steel bridge beams for Virginia's HOT lanes project will practically shut the Capital Beltway in Tysons Corner very early Thursday and Friday mornings.

By Robert Thomson  |  05:05 PM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Advisories, Advisories | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 08/23/2010

Fairfax HOV ramps to open for all

U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) took credit for the openings, with a press release noting he "convinced the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration that the change would help reduce traffic congestion." Connolly wrote a May letter to federal transportation authorities, arguing the opening of the HOV ramps was a "common sense approach to improving traffic flow in the I-66 corridor."

By Derek Kravitz  |  04:25 PM ET, 08/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Driving, Driving, Driving, Driving | Tags:  HOT lanes

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 07/15/2010

Headaches on the horizon

Travelers may encounter a stray shower tonight, but otherwise it will be just hot and muggy, the Capital Weather Gang says. Tomorrow night, the HOT lanes project is planning to begin a shift in the Capital Beltway lanes near Braddock Road.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:15 PM ET, 07/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Advisories | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Headaches on the horizon

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 07/08/2010

Headaches on the horizon

HOT lanes Watch for a new traffic pattern starting Friday night on the Capital Beltway's inner loop near North Springfield.

By Robert Thomson  |  07:10 PM ET, 07/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Advisories | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Headaches on the horizon

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 06/02/2010

Beltway shift in Tysons

The Capital Beltway's outer loop in Tysons corner will be in a slightly different place on Thursday morning, if the Wednesday night work goes according to plan.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:45 PM ET, 06/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Advisories, Advisories, Advisories, Advisories | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock, HOT lanes, Tysons Corner