- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne is asking transportation planners to consider what he thinks will be a quick, cheap fix to reduce traffic around Hampton Roads.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1ZbB5XS ) reports that Layne wants the planners to study how changing high-occupancy-vehicle lanes to high-occupancy toll lanes might reduce congestion.

High-occupancy toll lanes can be used by high-occupancy vehicles for free, while single-occupancy vehicles can choose to pay a variable toll during peak hours.

Layne says he believes the lanes will address traffic problems without requiring expensive construction projects that would take years to plan and build.

He says the tactic has worked near Washington to help reduce congestion. On Interstate 95, buses, carpoolers with three or more people, motorcycles and emergency vehicles can use the lanes without paying a toll.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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