I-95/I-395 HOV Restriction Study

Project Overview

Purpose of the Study

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is studying the feasibility and impacts of making changes in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) operations on I-95/I-395 between the 14th Street Bridge and the Prince William County/Stafford County line. The study, which began in April 1998 and is scheduled to conclude in October 1998, will address increasing traffic congestion in a corridor that serves over 200,000 vehicles per day.

Among the options being considered is the possibility of changing the HOV requirements from 3 to 2 person carpools, either on the entire system, or just outside the Beltway. It will also consider changes in HOV restricted time periods, provision of a third HOV lane on I-395, and the addition of new HOV ramps.

In determining the feasibility of changes in HOV operations on I-95/I-395, the study will measure and evaluate changes in vehicle and person volumes during peak periods, vehicle occupancy rates, corridor speeds, travel times, and delay time. Potential changes in transit ridership, revenue and operating costs for Metro, the Virginia Railway Express, and other public and private transit providers will also be measured and evaluated by the study team. The impact of potential changes on safety, violation rates, and enforcement will be addressed.

Study Participants

The I-95/I-395 HOV Restriction Study is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). The prime consultant for the study is BMI. The consultant team includes BRW, Inc., Gallop Corporation, MCV Associates, Inc., Travesky & Associates, Ltd., T.Y. Lin International, and SG Associates, Inc.

Project Schedule

Project activities chart

Opportunities for Public Involvement

We invite you to become involved in the I-95/I-395 HOV Restriction Study. If you live, work, or drive within this corridor, between the 14th Street Bridge and Stafford County, we especially want your input as to the feasibility of changing HOV operations from HOV 3 to 2 persons. How would HOV changes affect you if they were made; either to the entire system, or just outside the Beltway; or to the restricted time periods? What would you think if a third HOV lane was provided for on I-395, or if new ramps were considered? Let us hear from you now via one or more of these venues:

E-mail: Travesky & Associates, Ltd.

Mailing address:

I-95/I-395 HOV Restriction Study
C/o Travesky & Associates, Ltd.
3900 Jermantown Road, Ste. 300
Fairfax, VA 22030

Information Meetings: 

Information Meeting - June 30, 1998

The first citizen information meeting was held June 30, 1998 at Garfield Elementary School in Springfield, VA.

Approximately forty people representing each jurisdiction involved in the study - cities of Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax, and the counties of Prince William and Stafford - attended this citizen information meeting. Study participants heard a brief presentation on the study, viewed exhibits and maps, offered suggestions, asked questions of study team members, and completed comment sheets.

Participants asked for copies of the slide presentation shown at the meeting.

Information Meeting - July 22, 1998

A second information meeting was held July 22, 1998 at Gar-Field Senior High School in Woodbridge, Virginia. Approximately 118 people attended. Information shared at the meeting was identical to that provided at the June 30, 1998 meeting.

Many members of the audience were concerned about protecting the "slug lines, " and generally providing ridesharing and carpooling opportunities to the public.

The Study received 310 E-mail messages and 431 phone messages prior to the meeting.

Information Meeting - September 16, 1998

A third information meeting was held on September 16, 1998 at North Stafford Senior High School in Stafford, VA. Approximately 65 people attended. Information shared at the meeting was identical to that provided at the June 30 and July 22, 1998 meetings.

Many members of the audience expressed viewpoints and comments not heard at previous public meetings. For instance, why is consideration being given to extension of the HOV operating hours when there is low volume at the beginning and the end of the period now. At prior meetings and from the e-mail received, others commented that the hours should be expanded.

Enforcement of the HOV lanes was discussed and the belief that enforcement needs to be increased. Members indicated that enforcement appears to be good inside the Beltway but not outside of the Beltway. Also, too many "special" vehicles with single occupants (many with D.C. license plates) are allowed on the HOV lanes. Some members wanted to know if VDOT is considering extending the HOV lanes to Stafford County.

Transit comments included the need for private buses to run from commuter lots to Springfield Metro, and private bus operations should be subsidized to increase their ridership and reduce vehicles on the roads. Other commented commuter parking lots used for slug activities need to be expanded.

The public comment period ended on September 30, 1998. As of that date, the Study received 903 E-mail messages, 627 phone messages, and 111 comment sheets. We thank you for your participation.

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