As part of a regional network 14th Street Bridge High Occupancy Toll/Express Lanes may make sense.
As a stand-alone project, not really.
Were it not for Arlington County's opposition, I-395 HOT/Express lanes would be under construction in Virginia and open in 2015. Instead, a 10-mile gap will exist between the 14th Street Bridge and the I-95 Express (HOT) Lanes.
In testimony before the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) today, the Alliance noted that such is the result of the region's dysfunctional transportation planning process where no one is in charge or ultimately accountable. It is also one of many examples of how individual jurisdictions in this area trump and thwart the region's greater overall interest.
The Alliance also cited the fact that the TPB's Regional Transportation Priorities Plan includes no actual priority projects as a prime example of the region's lack of political will to tackle its serious regional transportation crisis in a serious manner.
"Our regional economy is dependent on moving the highest percentage of interstate and inter-jurisdictional trips in the nation. Our regional highway framework is among the nation's most congested and becomes even more congested under the region's CLRP (fiscally Constrained Long Range Plan). Yet no single entity is responsible or accountable for its improvement."
To read the Alliance's complete statement, click here.