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    Posted: 20 Jun 2005 at 11:05am
From page A1 in today's Washington Post: Lessons of Calif.'s Toll Lanes / Appeal and Hazards Offer Glimpse of Va. Beltway to Come.

"Virginia officials this spring signed deals with two private firms to construct the Beltway toll lanes, which could open in 2010. The plan calls for two new lanes in each direction, separated from other traffic, between Springfield and Georgetown Pike. Peak tolls would be about $5, according to preliminary estimates, and carpools of at least three people would be allowed to travel the fast lanes free.

But planners acknowledge that those terms could change. Though estimates for the proposed I-95/395 HOT lanes include $13 tolls for the entire 56-mile trip, it is projected they could eventually rise to about $17 in 2015 and $27 in 2030. And if the lanes get too crowded, the carpooling requirement might be reset to four people per car, said Gary Groat, director of project development for Fluor Virginia, which is behind both the Beltway plan and one of the I-95 proposals."

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