Alexandria, Va. – The 95 Express Lanes today announced that as the first work week of operations comes to a close, travelers have been safely accessing and using the Lanes. Monday, January 5 marks the first rush hour with tolling and new rules in effect outside of the holidays. Drivers are urged to remain vigilant as traffic volumes on the I-95 corridor are expected to increase, travel with an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex in their vehicle and continue to pay attention to the new traffic patterns. Tolling and the new rules will continue to be in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Since tolling went into effect on December 29, the 95 Express Lanes have seen many early adopters trying the new Lanes, even during the holiday season. Drivers have been using the new nine-mile extension for trips to and from Stafford County. Carpoolers have been using E-ZPass Flex and taking advantage of the toll-free ride and drivers have been paying attention to the new traffic patterns and movements.
“We’re seeing safe driving behavior from travelers on the 95 Express Lanes and we need that to continue during this major transition,” said Nic Barr, Vice President, Operations, Transurban. “As we prepare for the first rush hour after the holiday season, we ask all drivers to continue to pay attention to new traffic patterns, the E-ZPass requirement and the rules of the road.”
While the 95 Express Lanes are easy to use, it is important that all drivers know the rules of the road before taking their first trip:
• The Express Lanes end and the HOV lanes begin on I-395 just north of Edsall Road. The rules on the I-395 HOV lanes are the same. For more information about this transition area, visit: ExpressLanes.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 ExpressLanes.com
• Only two-axle vehicles and buses are permitted to use the Express Lanes. 18-wheelers and drivers towing trailers may not use the Lanes
• The 95 Express Lanes operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. HOV-3 and tolling rules are in effect all the time. Drivers traveling alone or with one passenger can access the Lanes even during rush hour by paying a toll
• Drivers with questions about the Express Lanes or concerns with billing may contact email@example.com or visit the Customer Care section on the Express Lanes website
The Express Lanes use dynamic pricing to keep the Lanes free-flowing. As traffic increases, the toll price goes up to manage demand and keep traffic moving at highway speeds. Drivers on the 95 Express Lanes may pay more than one toll to use the Lanes. Drivers will see signs in advance of Express Lanes entry points that display the price to travel to upcoming exits. When a driver passes under a pricing sign, they lock in the toll rate until the last exit shown on the sign and may see additional overhead pricing signs when traveling on the 95 Express Lanes. These signs display the costs to travel to exits farther down the road and provide an opportunity for drivers to decide if they want to pay an additional toll to continue on the Express Lanes or exit back to the regular lanes.
The Express Lanes operator will report usage data on a quarterly basis for both the 495 and 95 Express Lanes. Reports are issued in January, April, July and October. The first report to include details on 95 Express Lanes usage will likely be released in April 2015.
About the Express Lanes
The 495 and 95 Express Lanes operate on I-495/Capital Beltway and I-95 to provide drivers with faster and more predictable travel options in Northern Virginia. Together the 495 and 95 Express Lanes create a region-wide network of free-flowing lanes for nearly 40 miles from the Dulles Road Toll to Stafford County. Delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban, the Express Lanes give drivers reliable travel choices on two of northern Virginia’s most congested roadways. For more information, please visit ExpressLanes.com.
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