VDOT News - Northern Virginia
Michelle Holland 703-586-0487
Dec. 17, 2018
Virginia Officials and Partners Open New I-66 Commuter Lot in Haymarket, Launch New Bus Service to Ballston-Rosslyn Corridor
Next step in Commonwealth’s efforts to provide new travel choices and create carpool culture on I-66
HAYMARKET, VA – Officials from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), and state and local leaders, joined together today at a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new commuter park and ride lot in Haymarket at the I-66 and Route 15 interchange. The new commuter lot provides 230 parking spaces, and convenient access to and from I-66, to support carpooling and bus ridership during and after construction of the I-66 Outside the Beltway Express Lanes. Additionally, new commuter bus service launched today by PRTC’s OmniRide provides a convenient and affordable travel option for commuters traveling from the Haymarket lot to Arlington’s Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.
“The new Haymarket Park and Ride Lot signifies the next step in the Commonwealth’s efforts to transform I-66 into a multimodal corridor,” commented VDOT’s Commissioner Stephen Brich. “This lot is the first of three new commuter lots being built along I-66 in Prince William County offering commuters access to new travel options such as carpooling, vanpooling, or taking a bus. The new lot will provide immediate benefits for drivers looking for alternative commuting options during upcoming heavy construction on I-66, as well as longer-term benefits for carpoolers and bus riders wanting to travel the future I-66 Express Lanes for free.”
The Haymarket lot features bus shelters, bicycle storage facilities, and VDOT’s first-ever electronic parking management system in a park and ride lot. This system, which provides commuters real-time information about available parking capacity, is scheduled to be activated later this spring.
DRPT Director Jennifer Mitchell added “Park and ride lots are a key part of our strategy to provide new travel options, and move more people in fewer vehicles through the I-66 corridor. The Haymarket lot significantly advances this effort on I-66 Outside the Beltway. We are very pleased to join VDOT and other partners in recognizing this important milestone, and we look forward to continuing to work together to find multimodal transportation solutions in Northern Virginia and throughout the Commonwealth.”
The new commuter bus service launched today at the Haymarket Lot provides four trips each morning and evening between Haymarket and Arlington’s Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. The bus service is operated by PRTC’s OmniRide. For more information about the bus service, including schedule information, please visit Omniride.com.
The Haymarket Park and Ride Lot design-build contract was awarded by VDOT to Tavares Concrete Company, Inc., a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Woman and Minority (SWaM) contractor. The $7.07 million project was federally funded as part of the Transform 66 Congestion Mitigation Transportation Management Plan.
More than 3,200 new park and ride spaces will open to commuters on I-66 when the I-66 Outside the Beltway Express Lanes open in late 2022. In addition to the Haymarket lot, and as part of the overall I-66 Outside the Beltway Express Lanes public-private partnership project, new commuter lots are being built at University Boulevard in Gainesville and at Balls Ford Road in Manassas, with direct access ramps to the Express Lanes. New and expanded commuter bus service will be provided from these park and ride lots to major regional destinations including Arlington, Washington, D.C., Tysons, Reston, and Merrifield.
For more information on the Haymarket Park and Ride project, please visit virginiadot.org.
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