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It's the question that drivers on the Virginia side of the Beltway face every day: are the Express Lanes worth it?
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Attorney General Doug Gansler tells WTOP his vision for Maryland's future doesn't include High Occupancy Vehicle or Toll Lanes between the Interstate 270 spur and the American Legion Bridge.
One month into his tenure as Maryland Transportation Secretary, Jim Smith has a lot on his to-do list.
Creditors are taking over operations of a state-owned toll road outside Richmond that is run by the same company that runs the 495 Express Lanes, though a representative of the company denies that there are any problems regarding the Beltway lanes.
More people are using the 495 Express Lanes in Virginia but the increase in traffic in the lanes' first six months has been slow.
A citizens association says the release of nitrogen dioxide from cars will pose a health risk to 75,000 Alexandria and Fairfax County residents if a new flyover ramp for the Interstate 95 Express Lanes is built.
With the Fairfax County Parkway carrying nearly as much traffic as an interstate highway, one county supervisor thinks the state should study the possibility of widening the parkway to add High Occupancy Vehicle lanes or High Occupancy Toll lanes.
Drivers will see Interstate 495 in Virginia more clearly marked after the opening of the new 495 Express Lanes confused drivers.
Virginia State Police will step up patrols to catch Express Lanes cheaters. Drivers who don't have E-ZPass transponders will be caught.
With the new Express Lanes on Interstate 495 opening this year, Northern Virginia drivers are being urged to get their E- ZPass transponders now -- before their commutes change dramatically.