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95 Express Lanes Open Next Month, I-95 Drivers Unprepared

Nov 19, 2014

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Alexandria, Va. – Today, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the 95 Express Lanes announced that according to new research, Northern Virginia drivers are not ready for the opening of the 95 Express Lanes. The Express Lanes will bring new rules of the road and a new E-ZPass requirement. However, despite the approaching opening, many I-95 drivers are unprepared for the Express Lanes.

  • Only 32 percent of carpoolers have an E-ZPass Flex:
    • All drivers will need an E-ZPass to use the Express Lanes. Carpoolers will need an E-ZPass Flex and three or more passengers to travel toll-free.
    • E-ZPass and E-ZPass Flex are available at 75 convenient Northern Virginia retail locations including Wegmans, Virginia DMVs and Giant Food Stores; at E-ZPass Customer Service Centers; online or by calling Virginia E-ZPass at (877) 762-7824.
  • Only 51 percent of 95 drivers know that the Express Lanes will be reversible and just over half (55 percent) understand that the Express Lanes will replace the existing HOV lanes on I-95:
    • The existing HOV lanes are being converted to Express Lanes. The lanes will reverse as they do today. Learn more about the lane reversal schedule.
  • Nearly a quarter of I-95 drivers think the tolling and HOV-3+ requirements will only be in effect during rush hour:
    • The Express Lanes rules of the road are in effect 24/7. Read more about the new rules.
  • Less than a quarter of I-95 drivers are aware of what happens at the transition area on I-395 just north of Edsall Road where the Express Lanes end and the I-395 HOV lanes begin :
    • North of the 95 Express Lanes, the rules on the I-395 HOV lanes will be the same as they are today.
    • When the HOV restriction is in effect, drivers traveling alone or with one passenger will need to exit from the Express Lanes to avoid entering the HOV lanes.
    • HOV-3+ and eligible clean fuel plate vehicles can travel in the I-395 HOV lanes as they do today.
    • For more information about the transition area just north of Edsall Road on I-395, visit:

While many drivers are unprepared for the Express Lanes, they do see the benefits of the new lanes. When open, the 95 Express Lanes will provide faster, more predictable travel on I-95 in Northern Virginia. The new lanes will add new choices, length and capacity; making long, unpredictable trips along the I-95 corridor a thing of the past. Nearly 80 percent of travelers think the 95 Express Lanes will be good for the region.

The research is based on an online survey conducted in October 2014 of 1,200 Northern Virginia drivers including 858 drivers who travel on I-95 at least a couple of days per month.

About the 95 Express Lanes
On schedule to open in December 2014, the 95 Express Lanes 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). 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

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