Express Lanes contributes $15 million to Commuter Choice Program for improved transit service in Northern Virginia

March 1, 2022

Transurban, the operator of the 495, 95 and 395 Express Lanes, shared its third annual contribution of $15 million to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC). This payment brings the total investment to more than $45 million since 2019.

Due to an agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation, Transurban contributes a portion of its 395 Express Lanes toll revenue annually toward Commuter Choice programs benefitting the I-395/I-95 corridor. 

The Commuter Choice program, managed by NVTC, aims to improve the lives of Northern Virginians by supporting the regional economy, increasing mobility options and reducing congestion and vehicle emissions. 

Tolls from Express Lanes customers make it easier to get around in NoVA:

  • Contributions have supported the creation of four new bus routes in the I-395/95 corridor and improvements to eight others, as well as two park and ride expansions and a set of incentives to encourage new vanpools.
  • The transit service projects include OmniRide’s first two Stafford County commuter bus routes, which provide fast nonstop travel to the Pentagon and downtown Washington D.C. via the 95 and 395 Express Lanes, and improvements to two local DASH bus routes in Alexandria that now provide 10- to 15-minute all-day service. 
  • The most recent set of 13 projects under the 395 Express Lanes Commuter Choice program, approved in June of 2021, will move 2,000 more people through the I-395/95 corridor each day and improve connections between 24 regional activity centers upon full implementation and as travel volumes continue to rebound.
  • The latest contribution will support local transit operators including DASHBus, FRED Transit and OmniRide while improving rideshare infrastructure and options. 

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