Dr. Gridlock: i-495 express


Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Express Lanes driving, tolls, continued to rise in late 2013

The lane operator’s report for the October-December quarter showed use up, despite federal shutdown.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:55 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Learn more about plan to open Beltway shoulder

VDOT is holding an information session on its plan to allow rush hour traffic on the left shoulder of the inner loop south of the Legion Bridge.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:41 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 11/20/2013

Neighbors debate impact of opening Beltway shoulder

Some fear Virginia project will add traffic congestion, but it’s more likely to create some space for today’s drivers.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:24 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, 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 10:28 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Use of express lanes continues to rise, operator says

Traffic and tolls along the 495 Express Lanes were up a bit in the year’s third quarter, the HOT lanes operator reports.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:28 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, Tysons

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Seeking clues to your highway traffic mysteries

Help us identify highway zones in the D.C. area that are congested for no apparent reason.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:48 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, traffic

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 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 02:55 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Virginia to allow travel on Beltway shoulder

Many Beltway commuters will welcome this move.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:55 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock Column, Gov. McDonnel, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 06/20/2013

HOT lanes project helped I-66 drivers at Beltway interchange

But an I-66 driver who occasionally uses the Beltway interchange wants to know where to exit.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:12 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock Column, Metro, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Speed limit going up on 495 Express Lanes

The speed limit is going to go up on the 495 Express Lanes later this month to 65 mph.

By Mark Berman  |  04:36 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, Beltway, capital beltway

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 08:51 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Beltway express lanes operator adds map, and some drivers

The express lanes' Web site has added a good old-fashioned printable map to satisfy some travelers. Meanwhile, traffic increased during the year's first quarter.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:51 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Transurban, Virginia Department of Transportation

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 09:26 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Beltway signs to advertise free weekend for drivers in 495 Express Lanes

Wording the signs for Virginia's high-occupancy toll lanes is complicated by legal and practical concerns.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:26 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Transurban, Tysons

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Beltway express lanes offering drivers a free weekend

All drivers can use the lanes for free from 12:01 a.m. this Saturday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday. No E-ZPass will be required.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:57 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Transurban

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Beltway trip led through several climate zones

A counterclockwise trip around the Capital Beltway took Dr. Gridlock through many of the road conditions that this snowy day has in store for drivers.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:15 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capital Beltway 495 Express Lanes, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Snowquester, snowstorm, Virginia Department of Transportation

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 06:36 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Express Connector bus service begins in Fairfax County

The new rush hour service connects Burke and various destinations in Tysons.

By Maggie Fazeli Fard  |  06:36 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, commuter buses, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Beltway express lanes: First report on usage

On workdays, the new lanes in Virginia averaged 23,308 users, with almost 93 percent of them paying tolls, the report said.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:01 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Transurban, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 12/31/2012

What are your picks for the top transportation developments of 2012?

Help Dr. Gridlock complete this year in review by adding your choices for the most significant transportation developments of 2012.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:37 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  11th Street Bridge, 495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock, Maryland Department of Transportation, Metro, Virginia Department of Transportation, WMATA

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Social networks vs. our less sociable commuters

Web sites, apps try to link drivers and riders for commutes, but Washington motorists prefer going solo.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:01 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Drivers: We need more information on Beltway express lanes

The new Beltway lanes baffle some potential customers.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:05 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock, Tysons, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Beltway express lanes causing a learning curve for drivers

On I-495 Express Lanes, commuters are unsure when and where to make choices on lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, beltway express lanes, Dr. Gridlock, express lanes, virginia express lanes

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 03:44 PM ET, 11/19/2012

The week ahead: Thanksgiving getaways, new Beltway lanes

Travelers in the D.C. area are beginning their Thanksgiving getaways and seeing four new lanes open on the Beltway.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:44 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Maryland Department of Transportation, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 11/19/2012

First experiences with 495 Express Lanes

DR. GRIDLOCK | A report on the first morning navigating the Capital Beltway’s new 495 Express Lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:47 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock:, Virginia Department of Transportation

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 03:06 PM ET, 11/18/2012

Beltway express lanes Web site adds travel information

The lane operators have opened up some new Web pages to address drivers' concerns and questions.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:06 PM ET, 11/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes

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 09:56 AM ET, 11/16/2012

The weekend and beyond: express lanes, big games, parades, delays

The biggest travel event of the weekend will be the opening of the Beltway express lanes, but many other activities could affect trips in the D.C. area.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:56 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, D.C. traffic, District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock:, Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland traffic, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic, WMATA

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 10:06 AM ET, 11/12/2012

The week ahead: Many commuters take a holiday, but rail, road projects continue

Commuter traffic will pick up after many return from the Veterans Day holiday observance. Meanwhile, road and rail crews are busy.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:06 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, D.C. traffic, Dr. Gridlock:, Maryland traffic, Metro, traffic, transit tips, Veterans Day, Virginia traffic, WMATA

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Traveler offers tip for Tysons holiday shopping trips

The upcoming opening of the Beltway express lanes will offer holiday shoppers a new route into Tysons.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:35 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock:, Tysons, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Understanding tolls on Beltway express lanes

Drivers have many questions about the new express lanes, but cost is key.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:30 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock:, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Drivers need to study for Beltway express lanes

Don't think that because you know the Beltway, you know the 495 Express Lanes.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:42 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock:, Virginia Department of Transportation

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Beltway express lanes to open before Thanksgiving, operators say

Virginia transportation officials said Wednesday that the 495 Express Lanes could open by Nov. 17.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:39 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  495 Express Lanes, capital beltway, Dr. Gridlock:, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia traffic

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 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 10:37 AM ET, 09/24/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit in D.C. area: Beltway, I-66, GW Parkway work

September’s higher traffic volumes, extensive road work create trouble spots.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:37 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Capital Beltway, Construction, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Virginia Department of Transportation, Mount Vernon Trail, National Park Service, Nationals, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 09/17/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit: Stormy weather, sports crowds, bridge work

The worst weather for commuting will be Tuesday, but travelers also should watch out for many sporting events and new work near the 11th Street Bridge.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:40 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Driving, Construction, Metro | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation, Maryland Transportation Authority, 495 Express Lanes, Metro, WMATA

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Fairfax board approves express buses to Tysons

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to provide express bus service traveling to Tysons Corner and utilizing the 495 Express Lanes.

By Mark Berman  |  04:09 PM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fairfax, Tysons Corner, 495 Express

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 09/06/2012

New ramps to Beltway should ease congestion for Route 267 drivers in Virginia

New ramps opening this weekend will provide a direct link between the Dulles Airport Access Highway and the Beltway.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:12 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Airports, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Dulles Airport, Dulles Toll Road, 495 Express Lanes, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

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.

By Robert Thomson  |  09:29 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Montgomery, Fairfax to talk traffic, but solutions won’t come easily

Elected leaders from the two counties will consider the possibility of reviving express bus service, which failed in its most recent trial.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:41 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Capital Beltway, Commuter Bus, Metro, Maryland, Virginia, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, Montgomery County, Fairfax County, 495 Express Lanes, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Beltway lane closings in Virginia this week

The 495 Express Lanes project is closing the outer loop at Springfield overnights. Meanwhile, the Wilson Bridge project has moved the outer loop’s THRU/LOCAL lane split.

By Robert Thomson  |  04:57 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Construction, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Capital Beltway, Virginia Department of Transportation 495 Express Lanes, Wilson Bridge

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Drivers protest VDOT plan to impose E-ZPass fees

Drivers with Virginia E-ZPasses object to the state’s plan to charge a $1 per month fee to maintain their accounts. VDOT’s deadline for public comment is Tuesday.

By Robert Thomson  |  11:49 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Driving | Tags:  Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes, Capital Beltway, E-ZPass

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 05/09/2012

Beltway drivers ask whether 495 Express Lanes will suit them

The express lanes, also known as HOT lanes, are scheduled to be done at the end of 2012, and drivers are studying their usefulness.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:38 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Driving, Northern Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Beltway/I-66 interchange bottleneck to open up this weekend in Express Lanes work zone

Commuters on the Beltway’s inner loop in Virginia should see a significant improvement by next week.

By Robert Thomson  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes, Capital Beltway

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Drivers worry Beltway HOT lanes will increase congestion near Potomac River

Planners of the 495 Express Lanes don’t expect that they’ll add to Beltway traffic, just shift it around.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:28 PM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/25/2012

‘Orange Cones. No Phones’: Safety officials focus on phones in work zones

Transportation safety officials gathered at a new bridge in the 495 Express Lanes work zone to renew their campaign against distracted driving.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic Safety, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/30/2012

The weekend and beyond

Blossom time is over at the Tidal Basin, but the Cherry Blossom Festival, with all its crowd-gathering events, is still going strong.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Events, Metro, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Metro, WMATA, Cherry Blossom Festival, 495 Express Lanes, Maryland Department of Transportation

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 02/27/2012

The week ahead for traffic, transit

Drivers in Virginia and D.C. will encounter some new traffic patterns and disruptions this week, while Metro plans off-peak track work on four lines.

By Robert Thomson  |  08:57 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Commuting, Metro, Construction | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, District Department of Transportation 495 Express Lanes, Metro, WMATA,

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 02/21/2012

VDOT seeks to ease Beltway delays at I-66

The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to restore the second lane from the Beltway outer loop to I-66 West.

By Robert Thomson  |  03:35 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Capital Beltway, 495 Express Lanes

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/21/2012

495 Express Lanes project closing Route 7 ramp

On Friday, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close the right-side ramp from eastbound Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) to the Capital Beltway’s inner loop and turn on a new traffic signal.

By Robert Thomson  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capital Beltway, Virginia, Tysons Corner | Tags:  DC transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, 495 Express Lanes,

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 02/10/2012

The weekend and beyond

There are no major public events likely to disrupt travel this weekend, but the transit authority is doing a lot of track work, and road work is scheduled on some heavily used routes.

By Robert Thomson  |  10:33 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Weekend Work, Metro, Construction, Capital Beltway | Tags:  DC transportation, Metro, WMATA, 495 Express Lanes, Virginia Department of Transportation, Maryland State Highway Administration,