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More D.C. area drivers are choosing the Express Lanes. Here’s Why.

Sep 21, 2018

More D.C. area drivers are choosing the Express Lanes. Here’s why.

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  • Drivers agree: The 95 and 495 Express Lanes are a good way to save time and beat traffic.
  • The more drivers use the Lanes, the more they tend to like them.
  • A majority of drivers who use the Lanes believe there’s a personal and regional benefit.
  • To learn more about the State of the Lanes 2018 report and what we're hearing from people in the region, email us at media@expresslanes.com

When it comes to transportation issues, finding consensus among D.C. area drivers isn’t always easy. Yet, according to our State of the Lanes 2018 report, there are several areas where drivers in the region agree:

1. While a majority of drivers say traffic is a serious problem, most say they use the 95 and 495 Express Lanes to get where they’re going faster.

Of the 1,732 drivers we surveyed for the report, 58% consider traffic a serious problem. That ranks it higher on the list of issues facing the region than housing costs (47%), costs of living (47%) and the costs of healthcare (41%).

At the same time, a majority of drivers (52%) now say they use the 95 and 495 Express Lanes – up from last year. Of that total, nearly three in ten say they use the Lanes at least once a month.

2. Three in four drivers who use the Express Lanes say it’s to save time.

Whether they’re headed to work, running errands or embarking on the next family road trip, Express Lanes drivers see time-savings as a major value-add. Not only are they busy people; they recognize that less time behind the wheel means more time for the activities and the people they love.

As a group, frequent toll payers are more likely to rush home to children under the age of 18 at the end of the day. A majority are under the age of 45 and rely on convenience services such as meal-prep or grocery delivery to get through their busy week. Amazon boxes are regularly found on their doorstep and most don’t mind paying a fee for convenience services or tolls. In fact, some are landing jobs at companies that fund or reimburse their tolls for business travel and daily commuting.

3. Positive impressions of the Express Lanes rise with frequency of use.

Simply put, the more drivers use the Lanes, the more satisfied they are. Nearly nine in ten who use the Lanes frequently say they see a benefit not only to themselves but also to the region.

To learn more about the State of the Lanes 2018 report and what we’re hearing from people in the region, email us at media@expresslanes.com.

If you’re an Express Lanes driver, tell us why you #LovetheLanes on Facebook or Twitter. If you’re not, find out how to add a little extra time to your day.