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@ AWalkerInTheCity:Also the HOT lanes will end at the mixing bowl, IIUC (due to Arlington County's opposition).

Incorrect. The HOT lanes will end at the Fairfax/Alexandria border, which is at exit 3. If you drive on the Beltway from MD to I-395, you can see the new HOT exit just before the I-95/I-495 split with a sign with a hole for the toll fee for those first three miles of I-395.

There are no intermediate stations along the highway before the Pentagon, no high platform boarding, etc.

ART 87X gets off at Shirlington. Not really BRT, but a quick ride from the Pentagon nevertheless.

@ MLD:Well HOV can still used the beltway HOT lanes.

Not entirely true. Everybody will have to buy a VA HOT-lane capable EZpass thingie. Only cars with those will be allowed on the HOT lanes. They will have a special 'Toll/HOV-3' switch that can differentiate your situation to the system.

Unsurprisingly, the system is set-up to make it easy to pay tolls, and hard to use the lanes for non-paying customers.

by Jasper on Jul 12, 2012 12:26 pm • linkreport

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