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Funding package aims to aid I-66 commuters

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The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission will be asking the Commonwealth Transportation Board to approve four projects aimed at increasing mass-transit options in the Interstate 66 corridor.

The projected combined cost is $5.75 million, with funding coming from toll revenue on I-66 inside the Beltway.

Local jurisdictions and transit agencies proposed 14 projects totaling $36.8 million for consideration. Those that made the cut were:

• An $85,000 project that will provide stipends of $200 per month for eligible vanpools from the outer suburbs into Arlington and the District of Columbia, to help offset parking costs.

• A $5,110,800 project for the purchase of six new buses that will provide new services from Reston to Crystal City.

• A $154,500 project that will further subsidize travel on buses from Reston to Crystal City. The fare would drop from $7.25 to $4.50 under the proposal.

An additional $400,000 is slated for program administration and oversight.

Northern Virginia Transportation Commission officials plan to issue a call for proposals for the next round of funding in the “Commuter Choice on the I-66 Corridor” effort in November, with a final decision made in June 2022.

For information, see the Website at www.novatransit.org.

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