WHAT IS THE I-66 COMMUTER CHOICE PROGRAM?
In January 2017, NVTC and the Commonwealth of Virginia signed a 40-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) authorizing NVTC to use toll revenues from I-66 Inside the Beltway to fund multimodal transportation projects. These projects, designed to benefit toll payers, will ease travel through this congested corridor. More information about the I-66 Express Lanes inside the Beltway can be found at www.66expresslanes.org.
The first 10 projects were approved by both NVTC and the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) as part of the fiscal year 2017 I-66 Commuter Choice Program. The fiscal year 2018 I-66 Commuter Choice Program will begin in the Fall 2017.
PROJECT SELECTION PROCESS
NVTC has developed a project selection process to identify, evaluate, and prioritize potential multimodal improvements to be funded and implemented:
- Call for Projects – NVTC issues a call for projects to be funded under the available tolling revenue.
- Application Period – NVTC holds an application period during which new projects can be submitted for consideration.
- Eligibility Screening – NVTC screens the submitted projects to verify that they meet the eligibility requirements described in the Transform66: Inside the Beltway Project MOA.
- Evaluation and Prioritization – NVTC evaluates all eligible projects based on their benefits to travel in the I-66 Inside the Beltway. NVTC then prioritizes projects.
- Program Selection and Approval – NVTC selects projects in alignment with available funding. The CTB then approves the program.
- Implementation – NVTC awards project grants and recipients work to implement I-66 Commuter Choice projects. Grantees are required to monitor performance and periodically report to NVTC.
The I-66 Commuter Choice Program funds projects to improve the reliability and efficiency of travel along I-66 Inside the Beltway. The I-66 commuter choice program is designed to move more people, increase opportunities to connect from one mode of travel to another, improve transit service, reduce roadway congestion, and increase travel options.
The MOA assigns the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), on behalf of the CTB, to control and manage tolling on I-66. Toll revenues are used and distributed to support the tolling operations and tolling maintenance of the facility, and to fund multimodal projects selected by NVTC and approved by the CTB. Funding amounts are determined annually based on the revenue generated by the tolling of I-66 Inside the Beltway.
All jurisdictions and other public transportation providers in Virginia Planning District 8 are eligible to submit applications. These include the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William; the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas and Manassas Park; the towns of Dumfries, Herndon, Leesburg, Purcellville and Vienna; and the public transit systems that serve these areas including the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), Virginia Railway Express (VRE), and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
- New or enhanced local and commuter bus service, including capital and operating expenses
- Vanpool, and formal and informal carpooling programs and assistance
- Capital improvements for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority rail and bus service, including capital and operating expenses
- Park and ride lot(s) and access or improved access thereto
- Roadway improvements to address impacts from the dynamic tolling of the Facility on roadways in the Corridor
- Roadway operational improvements in the Corridor
- Transportation Systems Management and Operations as defined in 23 U.S.C.§101(a)(30).
- Projects identified in previous studies (VDOT’s June 2012/August 2013 Reports on I-66 Inside the Beltway, DRPT’s 2009 Transportation Demand Management/Transit Report)