Alexandria, Va. – Today, the 95 Express Lanes, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, launched an educational campaign to prepare travelers for the changes coming to I-95 when the existing I-95 HOV system is converted to an Express Lanes system. The 95 Express Lanes project will bring new choices and added capacity on I-95, but will also mean changes for travelers who currently use the HOV facility. Today’s launch of the Make a Plan campaign targets those travelers who use the existing HOV lanes and will educate them on how to prepare for the changes coming to I-95.
All drivers – including carpools, sluggers, vanpools and vehicles with clean fuel plates – will need an E-ZPass® or E- ZPass® FlexSM to access the 95 Express Lanes. To learn more about E-ZPass and how the new Express Lanes will work, drivers are encouraged to visit the Make a Plan section of the 95 Express Lanes website – 95ExpressLanes.com/makeaplan. The website is tailored to I-95 travelers based on their preferred mode of travel and outlines the steps they need to take to prepare for the changes coming to I-95. Also on the website, travelers can view a video outlining what they need to do to prepare for the new Express Lanes.
While the 95 Express Lanes will extend and improve the performance of the existing HOV system, they will also bring major changes to I-95 including:
- All travelers will need an E-ZPass to access the 95 Express Lanes – travelers may purchase E-ZPass at a variety of local Virginia retailers including AAA Mid-Atlantic locations, select Giant and Wegmans and Tysons Corner Center; at E-ZPass customer service centers; online or by calling E-ZPass Virginia at 1-877-762-7824
- To travel toll-free, travelers will need three or more people in the vehicle and an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode – this applies to all travelers including hybrid or clean fuel tag vehicles, vanpools and carpools
- The 95 Express Lanes will end north of Edsall Road on I-395. Standard HOV rules will apply on the I-395 HOV lanes:
- Carpoolers (HOV-3+) heading north on the 95 Express Lanes will be able to continue on to the I-395 HOV lanes
- Vehicles that do not meet the HOV requirement when the HOV rules are in effect on I-395 will need to exit from the 95 Express Lanes and reenter the regular I-395 lanes after Edsall Road to continue into Arlington and Washington, D.C.
“While using the 95 Express Lanes will be easy, it’s important that all travelers make a plan for the changes the 95 Express Lanes will bring to I-95,” said Kevin Ginnerty, Director of Project Delivery, Transurban. “Many travelers use the HOV lanes today – whether for commuting, weekend or vacation trips – and it’s important that they familiarize themselves with new rules of the road for the 95 Express Lanes.”
Make a Plan is the first phase of a robust education campaign focused on arming 95 travelers with the information needed to prepare for and benefit from the 95 Express Lanes.
The 95 Express Lanes are on schedule to open in early 2015. Reversible like the HOV lanes today, the 95 Express Lanes will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 95 Express Lanes will use dynamic tolls to keep traffic flowing and provide a more predictable travel option on I-95 between Route 610 in Stafford County to just north of the Capital Beltway. Drivers with three or more people in the vehicle will be able to travel toll-free with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode. Other drivers will need an E-ZPass to pay a toll for a faster, more reliable trip on I-95.
About 95 Express Lanes
The 95 Express Lanes are high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes that will operate on I-95 to provide travelers with faster, more predictable travel options. The project will add capacity and extend and improve the performance of the existing HOV lanes. The 95 Express Lanes will operate from I-95 near Garrisonville Road in Stafford County to the vicinity of Edsall Road on I-395 in Fairfax County (approximately 29 miles). Delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban-Fluor, the 95 Express Lanes will give drivers the freedom to control how and when they arrive at their destination. For more information, please visit 95ExpressLanes.com.
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