Alexandria, Va. – 95 Express Lanes today issued a reminder that tolling will begin on Monday, December 29 and all drivers will need an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex to use the new lanes. Carpoolers, sluggers or those who travel with three or more people in their vehicle will need an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode to travel toll-free. When tolling begins on December 29, the Express Lanes rules will be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Due to the project’s early completion, the new lanes and access points opened to traffic on Sunday, December 14, giving drivers the opportunity to try the new lanes and benefit from the additional capacity.
“Drivers have had the opportunity to practice their route before tolling begins, but now they need to prepare for December 29,” said Nic Barr, Vice President, Operations, Transurban. “When tolling begins all drivers will need an E-ZPass, carpoolers need an E-ZPass Flex, and the new rules will be in effect 24/7. This means all travelers can take advantage of the 95 Express Lanes any time. We encourage drivers who don’t have an E-ZPass to get one today.”
All drivers – including carpoolers and hybrids – must have an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex to use the Express Lanes. E-ZPass Flex works like a standard E-ZPass but allows carpoolers to switch between HOV and toll-paying modes. The switchable E-ZPass Flex lets the Express Lanes operator know which vehicles are HOV-3+ so that they aren’t charged a toll. E-ZPass Flex works like a standard E-ZPass on all other Virginia toll roads and wherever E-ZPass is accepted – regardless of the position of the switch.
E-ZPass and E-ZPass Flex are available at the following locations including:
- AAA Mid-Atlantic
- Select DMV, Giant Food Store and Wegmans in Northern Virginia
- E-ZPass Customer Service Centers
- By calling Virginia E-ZPass at 877-762-7824
For a smooth trip on the Express Lanes, drivers should make sure that their E-ZPass is correctly mounted in their car and that it's linked to their license plate. Drivers should also check that they have sufficient funds in their account.
Before their first trip on the Express Lanes, drivers should remember these key tips:
- The 95 Express Lanes are reversible. The entry and exit points open and close depending on which direction traffic is flowing. Drivers should not attempt to enter the lanes if gates are blocking access to an entry point
- The Express Lanes end and the HOV lanes will begin on I-395 just north of Edsall Road. The rules on the I-395 HOV lanes will be the same as they are today. For more information about this transition area, visit: 95ExpressLanes.com/transition
- Drivers should remain alert and exercise caution when driving in and around the Express Lanes corridor as they adjust to new traffic patterns. Drivers can learn more about the new access points, signage, safety tips and rules of the road at 95ExpressLanes.com
The 95 Express Lanes will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All eligible vehicles can use the 95 Express Lanes at any time, not just during rush hour. The lanes will use dynamic pricing to keep traffic free flowing and provide a more predictable travel option on I-95. Dynamic pricing based on real-time traffic conditions manages the demand for the lanes, keeping the Express Lanes moving.
About the 95 Express Lanes
The 95 Express Lanes provide travelers with faster, more predictable travel options. The 95 Express Lanes 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). The 95 Express Lanes are being delivered through a public-private partnership between VDOT and Transurban with Fluor-Lane 95, LLC leading construction. For more information, please visit 95ExpressLanes.com.
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