HOT Lanes, Hot Mess?

HOT Lanes, Hot Mess?

Last weekend, "high occupancy toll lanes" -- commonly called HOT Lanes-- came to the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway. What some hail as the roads of the future, others aren't so sure about.

Last weekend, the 495 Express Lanes opened along the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway. The new "high occupancy toll lanes" -- commonly called HOT Lanes -- were built by private companies, which will collect revenue and set rates to control congestion. Many transportation planners say it's a glimpse of how many major road projects will be funded and operated in the future. But the arrangement, and some early safety questions, have raised concerns among skeptics.

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