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HOT Lanes Update from Delegate Paul Nichols

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Topic: HOT Lanes Update from Delegate Paul Nichols
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Subject: HOT Lanes Update from Delegate Paul Nichols
Date Posted: 20 Aug 2009 at 11:29am
The following broadcast email was sent from Delegate Paul Nichols:

I wanted to give you a quick update on an issue I have been passionately following and fighting against in Richmond, the I-95/395 HOT Lanes. I know you care deeply about this issue since you have signed my petition to block the lanes on I-95/395.

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer announced that after public pressure and sketchy financing that VDOT will not be signing a contract for High Occupancy Toll lanes on I-95/395 as expected.

The plan called for the existing HOV-3 lanes to be turned over to a foreign company who would add an extra lane inside the existing guardrails in exchange for the ability to toll the road. These lanes would allow individuals to pay a fee for the privilege of driving in the current HOV-3 lanes. Many local commuters who use the current HOV-3 lanes fear that the HOT lanes would destroy the area's unique "slug" system.

In 2008 and 2009, I introduced the only legislation to block HOT lanes on I-95/395 and this delay will give me another opportunity to introduce it in the 2010 General Assembly. However, I am still working to build public support for my legislation. If you know commuters or concerned citizens who care about blocking these lanes please direct them to my website at and sign my online petition to Governor Kaine in opposition to these lanes. Hundreds of people in the 51st district and throughout Virginia have signed it already and this has helped contribute to this delay.

Now is time to keep the fight going, please help send me back to Richmond so I continue to lead the charge against HOT Lanes. Proponents of the HOT Lanes like Speaker Bill Howell are supporting my opponent in this upcoming election, and will do everything in their power to make sure I do not go back to Richmond. If you could make a contribution to my campaign, it would go a long way in ensuring that I can continue my fight.


Delegate Paul Nichols

Posted By: 30YearSlug
Date Posted: 08 Oct 2010 at 1:00pm
If the regular lanes single person Non-Slugging drivers want HOT lanes. Why doesn't VDOT add this HOT lane to the regular highway lanes with restiction Diamonds painted in this lane as a HOT lane only and KEEP OUT OF OUR HOV LANES. I see the HOV lanes towards Richmond has this done for HOV Lanes and this would keep our HOV lanes as they are and as they have been for over 35 years.

Posted By: Flyby
Date Posted: 18 Jan 2011 at 6:56am
Thank you kindly Delegate Nichols for your work in our behalf on this important issue. By the way, would you happen to know where Delegate Albo stood on this matter? Anytime I've contacted him on HOV matters I get the drift that he couldn't care less about my concerns.


Posted By: Get to Work
Date Posted: 01 Feb 2011 at 11:11am
What is the current (meaning February 2011) status of the HOT lanes for I-95/395? I hear they are coming, but when are they coming and how much are they charging people?

I am not a fan of this idea at all. Makes me want to move.

Posted By: sluDgE
Date Posted: 01 Feb 2011 at 5:48pm
FYI. Three web sites with Jan/Feb 2011 info:

Posted By: Evergreen
Date Posted: 03 Feb 2011 at 3:52pm
Virginia Advances New I-95 HOV/HOT Lanes Project and New Ramp to Seminary Road at Mark Center:

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