I-66 tolls push more commuters into car pools or buses, report says

Car pools and commuter buses are a bit more common along a stretch of Interstate 66 after some drivers began paying tolls two years ago during peak commuting hours, according to a new report.

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission conducted the study to determine whether mass transit ridership and commuter behaviors have changed along the 10 miles of I-66 inside the Beltway. The report showed fewer vehicles are using I-66 during the morning rush, but more people are moving through the corridor.

The agency receives some of the toll revenue collected along the corridor, then uses that money — about $15 million to $20 million annually — to support transit options in the region. The report’s findings were presented Thursday to the commission’s board.