December 6, 2017

WE ARE ALL PIGOVIAN NOW:

Day 3 I-66 toll hits $23. Are commuters finding alternatives? (Luz Lazo, December 6, 2017, Washington Post)

During the Wednesday morning rush hour, solo drivers on I-66 express lanes faced tolls near $23 for the 10-mile stretch from the Capital Beltway to the District line. That was much lower than Monday and Tuesday when tolls hit $34.50 and $40, respectively.

State transportation officials say demand to use the lanes is lessening, leading to the lower toll rates. (In a dynamic toll system, rates continually adjust to traffic conditions- prices go up when the lanes get full and decrease when traffic is lighter).

On Monday, the alternative routes to I-66 saw traffic counts rise between six and eight percent in the morning commute. Route 29, saw the biggest impact, with a traffic increase of 8 percent in the morning and up to 11 percent during the evening rush.

DC itself should just be closed to traffic.



Posted by at December 6, 2017 5:36 PM

  

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