VDOT Opens New Park & Ride at University Blvd, I-66 Gainesville

| October 7, 2019 | 0 Comments | News



More than 1,000 parking spaces available for carpools, vanpools, and commuter bus passengers while Transform 66 construction continues

Aerial shot of new University Boulevard Park & Ride.

FAIRFAX– On Monday, Oct. 7, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) opened a new park and ride lot at University Boulevard near I-66 in Gainesville in time for the morning commute.

Opening with more than 1,000 spaces, the new lot will provide commuters new opportunities to travel by carpool, vanpool or bus service while I-66 construction is underway.

Other areas of the lot will remain under construction and are expected to open with about 1,000 additional parking spaces, as well as additional access from Route 29 (Lee Highway) and convenient access to and from the I-66 Express Lanes by December 2022. On Monday, drivers should access the lot from University Boulevard.

“We’re pleased to see our Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project private partner I-66 Express Mobility Partners and their design-builder FAM Construction successfully deliver these vital improvements and meet this interim project milestone,” said Susan Shaw, P.E., VDOT Northern Virginia Megaprojects Director.

The park and ride lot is located on University Boulevard between Route 29 and I-66 and includes bus bays with covered waiting areas, designated locations for carpools and slugging, and covered bicycle racks. OmniRide commuter bus service is scheduled to begin Oct. 28, with Gainesville-Pentagon express service being rerouted from its current location at the Limestone Commuter Lot.

Buses run five trips each morning and evening, with half-price fares ($3.45 each way) being subsidized by the Transform 66 Project to encourage commuter alternatives to driving alone during construction. Additional routes are expected to be added in the coming months.

For more information about the bus service, including schedule information, please visit Omniride.com. As part of the overall Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Express Lanes public-private partnership, more than 4,000 new park and ride spaces will open to commuters on I-66 by late 2022.

In addition to the University Boulevard Lot, a new commuter lot with 1,100+ spaces is being built at Century Park Drive off Balls Ford Road in Manassas, and Fairfax County is designing and constructing a parking garage with 800+ spaces near Monument Drive and the Fairfax County Government Center using funds provided through the Transform 66 Project.

In December 2018, VDOT opened a 230-space parking lot near the I-66/Route 15 Interchange in Haymarket. New and expanded commuter bus service will be provided from these park and ride lots to major regional destinations including Arlington, Washington, D.C., Tysons, Reston, and Merrifield.

Find more information on the Transform 66 Project at outside.transform66.org. On Twitter, follow VDOT Northern Virginia at @vadotnova.

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