Capital Beltway Peak Toll Tops $11

Use of the 495 Express Lanes, a HOT variable toll, has been fetching a pretty penny this year for commuters looking to escape the notoriously congested Capital Beltway. The ongoing experiment in commute pricing should recede before a tipping point.

“The peak toll paid by drivers in the HOT lanes on the Capital Beltway topped $11 this month,” reports Robert Thomson. “Tolls have been rising along with the traffic volume since the lanes opened in November 2012. The quarterly report from Transurban, the company that operates the 495 Express Lanes, says the variable toll reached $11.55 on April 3.”

The increasing tolls directly correspond to a dramatic increase in the number of workday trips in the lanes, according to Thomson’s report. “The average number of workday trips during the January-March period was 37,969, according to the Transurban report. That was an increase of about 44 percent over January-March 2013.” The dramatic increase reverses early, underwhelming use of the toll lanesBut bad weather and unusual accidents have also increased congestion during recent months, so whether the trend continues remains to be seen.

Full Story: Peak toll paid by Beltway HOT lane drivers topped $11 this month


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