Five firms are look­ing into I-66 HOT lanes

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Robert Thom­son

Five pri­vate-sec­tor teams have met with Vir­ginia trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials to dis­cuss the po­ten­tial for fi­nanc­ing the plan to add high-oc­cu­pancy toll lanes along 25 miles of In­ter­state 66 out­side the Cap­i­tal Belt­way.

VDOT Com­mis­sioner Charles Kil­patrick de­liv­ered a re­port on the talks at a meet­ing of the Com­mon­wealth Trans­porta­tion Board in Rich­mond.

State Trans­porta­tion Sec­re­tary Aubrey Layne said he wel­comed the po­ten­tial for a pri­vate part­ner to share the multi­bil­lion-dol­lar cost of the I-66 im­prove­ment pro­gram, but said the Vir­ginia gov­ern­ment also would keep open the op­tion of a pub­licly fi­nanced pro­ject. “We’re go­ing to con­tinue the public op­tion all the way through till we have a deal signed,” Layne said.

The re­port is “another stark re­minder that there has been a se­ri­ous fail­ure of lead­er­ship at Metro.” Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), on the GAO re­port on Metro

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