Alexandria, Va.– The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the 95 Express Lanes today announced the completion of its program to help ease carpoolers’ transition to the 95 Express Lanes. Approximately 600 customers took advantage of the carpool transition program, which gave regularcarpoolers the opportunity to register for a week of HOV only, toll-exempt travel on the 95 Express Lanes if they had ordered their E-ZPass® FlexSM but had not yet received it. Carpoolers who still need an E-ZPass Flex have just two days left to register for the program before it officially closes Friday, January 16 at 5 p.m.
“We’re pleased that carpoolers have benefited from this program and are glad to see so many of the region’s carpoolers were ready with their E-ZPass Flex on December 29,” said Nic Barr, Vice President, Operations, Transurban. “Getting an E-ZPass Flex is an important first step if you carpool, but drivers also need to make sure they correctly use their transponder – this includes properly mounting the E-ZPass Flex and ensuring it’s switched to the correct mode before the trip begins.”
Since the 95 Express Lanes opened for tolling on December 29, most drivers have been traveling with a correctly mounted E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, between March 1, 2014 and January 3, 2015, there have been more than 156,900 E-ZPass and E-ZPass Flex transponders issued in Northern Virginia near the 495 and 95 Express Lanes corridors. Consistent with the robust carpooling network in the region, many drivers are opting for the E-ZPass Flex that gives HOV-3 carpoolers an option for a free trip. The majority of transponders distributed during the last few months have been from retail locations.
All drivers need an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex (carpoolers) to use the Express Lanes. Drivers should follow these E-ZPass tips to avoid toll invoices and fees:
- Make sure the E-ZPass is correctly mounted in the car
- Make sure license plate is linked to E-ZPass account
- Make sure the E-ZPass account is in good standing with sufficient account funds
- Utilize auto replenishment to simplify account maintenance and ensure good standing
- Ensure address is updated and correct with the DMV
Carpoolers who still need an E-ZPass Flex for immediate use are advised to visit one of 75 convenient Northern Virginia retail locations including Wegmans, select Virginia DMVs and Giant Food Stores, Tysons Corner Center or E-ZPass Customer Service Centers. E-ZPass is also available online or by calling Virginia E-ZPass at 877-762-7824.
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. Dynamic pricing is used to keep traffic free flowing on the Lanes and provide a more predictable travel option on I-95. Motorcycles do not need an E-ZPass. Vehicles with more than two axles and cars towing trailers cannot use the Express Lanes.
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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