Want to Drive HOT? Not So Fast, Says Arlington

Anti-toll lane suit moves forward

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    The Arlington County Board won the first round in a lawsuit that could put the brakes on the plan to put HOT (High Occupancy Toll) lanes on interstates 95 and 395, the Washington Examiner reported.

    A U.S. District Court ruled that a suit filed by the Arlington County Board against the Virginia and U.S. departments of transportation, as well as the Federal Highway Administration, can move forward.

    The county argues the FHA shouldn't have granted a categorical exclusion that allowed the project to move ahead without environmental and public health studies, the Examiner reported.

    Nor did transportation agencies look at the complete impact on traffic, the county said.

    "They didn't look at the impacts beyond the [HOT lane] road itself," said County Board Chairman Jay Fisette. "The road has onramps and offramps, and feeds into lots of neighborhood roads. What is the impact of that going to be on the whole area? We just don't know."