Virginia officials consider ways to ease I-66 traffic flow

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Virginia transportation officials are considering ways to ease traffic congestion on Interstate 66 and a proposing an idea to require tolls for any solo drivers inside the Capital Beltway.

The tolls would be charged during morning and evening rush hours, and the cost would vary based on traffic volume. If approved, the tolls could be implemented by 2017.

Drivers with three or more people in their cars would travel for free during peak hours. Transportation officials want to encourage carpooling.

The proposal is part of a larger strategy to improve traffic flow on I-66. Three initiatives were discussed last week at a regional planning board meeting.

Another proposal would add toll lanes to I-66 outside the Beltway. Another element would widen a section of I-66 between I-495 and Fairfax Drive.

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