Construction begins on HOT lanes Operations Center

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Construction is beginning on a 30,000-square-foot Operations Center that will control the pricing of HOT Lanes currently being constructed on the Capital Beltway.

Virginia has entered into a public-private partnership with companies Transurban and Fluor to widen a 14-mile stretch of the Capital Beltway with designated toll lanes. Pricing of the lanes will be dictated by current traffic conditions.

The operations center will include a control room with a video wall to display live traffic feeds and a data center that will interface with the Virginia Department of Transportation network to manage pricing based on traffic conditions. The technology will monitor the number of vehicles entering the HOT lanes, and use 80 traffic sensors to determine current pricing. Commuters will see current pricing on 76 information signs.

HOT Lanes users will be required to have an E-ZPass, because all tolling will be done electronically. Toll structrures will be able to determine the difference between customers who plan tot pay the toll and carpools including three or more people.

The $2 billion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

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