Everyone in Northern Virginia can benefit from a faster, more predictable trip on the Capital Beltway – including Santa Claus, one of the first to take the 495 Express Lanes.
On Friday, November 16, the day before the 495 Express Lanes opened to the public, Santa took an inaugural ride from Braddock Road to the new Express Lanes exit at Westpark Drive to get directly to his winter wonderland house inside Tysons Corner Center. Santa took the 495 Express Lanes to make sure he arrived at his first day of work on time.
"It was a smooth ride – wonderful," said Santa, when he arrived at the Westpark Bridge ramp near the Tysons Corner Center. "It didn't take but 10 minutes... Almost as good as a sleigh."
In place of his reindeer, Santa got a lift on the lanes in a model 2.5 Tesla Roadster convertible.
Check out photos of Santa on the new Express Lanes.