495 and 95 Express Lanes Usage Update - April 2015

Apr 24, 2015

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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

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

E-ZPass® Reminders
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.



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