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495 and 95 Express Lanes Usage Update - July 2015

Jul 10, 2015

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During the June 2015 quarter, the 95 Express Lanes reached six months of operations.  Carpool and toll-exempt travel continues to make up about one-third of all trips since the 95 Express Lanes opened in December 2014.  Weekday traffic remains robust as toll-paying drivers choose the Lanes to get a faster and more predictable trip on I-95.

While Express Lanes users know the value of a faster and more predictable trip on the Lanes, travel data released in May shows the regular lanes on I-495 and I-95 have also improved.  Drivers traveling in the regular lanes adjacent to the Express Lanes enjoy reduced average travel times and increased average speeds.

Traffic continues to grow on the 495 Express Lanes.  Approximate average daily trips reached 42,000 – up from 35,000 during the June 2014 quarter and 29,000 during the June 2013 quarter.

Express Lanes Travel, Traffic and Tolling

EXPRESS LANES DATA -- JUNE QUARTER 2015 95 EXPRESS LANES 495 EXPRESS LANES
Average Dynamic Toll Charged $5.48 $3.92
Average Trip Length 12.5 miles 5.6 miles
HOV-3+ and Exempt Vehicles of all Traffic 32% 13%
Workday Bus Trips on the Lanes 38,443 21,705
Approximate Average Daily Trips 45,000 42,000
Travelers helped by Express Assist 325 203
Most continuous hours worked without a lost time injury since project inception 4,126,549 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

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