The 95 and 495 Express Lanes continue to provide carpoolers, transit riders and toll-paying customers with faster and more predictable travel on two of the most congested roads in the Washington, D.C. area.
The 95 Express Lanes completed its first full quarter of operations during the March 2015 quarter. The performance of the 95 Express Lanes remains in-line with expectations since tolling began on December 29.
The 495 Express Lanes continued to see new customers and experience strong traffic and revenue growth during the March 2015 quarter. In a February 2015 survey*, 24 percent of toll-paying customers reported they took their first trip on the 495 Express Lanes less than three months ago.
Express Lanes Travel, Traffic and Tolling
|EXPRESS LANES DATA -- MARCH QUARTER 2015||95 EXPRESS LANES||495 EXPRESS LANES|
|Average Dynamic Toll Charged||$4.52||$3.00|
|Average Trip Length||12.7 miles||6.2 miles|
|HOV-3+ and Exempt Vehicles of all Traffic||32%||11%|
|Bus Trips on the Lanes||27,380||15,940|
|Approximate Average Daily Trips||32,000||33,000|
|Travelers helped by Express Assist||223||164|
|Most continuous hours worked without a lost time injury since project inception||4,109,249||5,605,588|
Drivers can avoid invoices for unpaid trips by traveling with an E-ZPass and following these E-ZPass tips:
- Make sure their E-ZPass is correctly mounted in their car
- Make sure their E-ZPass account is linked to their license plate
- Make sure their E-ZPass account is in good standing with sufficient account funds
- Set their account up with auto replenishment to avoid having to remember their account balance
Travelers can learn more about E-ZPass on the Express Lanes website and may view additional information about E-ZPass tips and the Express Lanes enforcement process. Travelers who take the Express Lanes without an E-ZPass can pay their toll and a $1.50 fee within five days of travel at ExpressLanes.com/missedatoll.
*Based on a survey from February 2015 of 1,266 area drivers from KRC Research.