Alexandria, Va. – Today, the 495 and 95 Express Lanes announced Drive to Donate, a program designed to give back to local fire and rescue organizations that put their lives on the line to keep the communities surrounding the Express Lanes safe – both on and off of the road. The Express Lanes will donate the value of all tolls collected on Saturday, March 21, 2015 to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Prince William County Fire and Rescue and Stafford County Fire and Rescue. To participate and give back to area first responders, all drivers need to do is drive on the Express Lanes with an E-ZPass® properly mounted in their vehicle on March 21.
“As safety is a top priority on the Express Lanes, we want to give back and support those who keep us safe each and every day,” said Jennifer Aument, North American Group General Manager, Transurban. “We strive to be a good neighbor and long-term partner to our customers and the community, and we believe in supporting those who impact our lives for the better. We hope drivers choose to travel on the 495 and 95 Express Lanes on March 21 to help us support those who keep us safe on and off the roads.”
Drivers should remember to travel with their E-ZPass or E-ZPass® FlexSM properly mounted in their vehicle. To help increase donations to a good cause, drivers who typically travel HOV-3+ on the Express Lanes can consider paying a toll on March 21 by switching their E-ZPass Flex from HOV mode to toll mode.
“Drive to Donate reminds everyone to drive safely,” said Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Chief, Richard Bowers, “The program will help emergency response personnel provide safety equipment, safe response and scene operations.” Mike Wendt, president of Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, continued, “Donations from the Express Lanes will help us purchase critical equipment that has been proven to save lives. The career and volunteer personnel of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department depend on partnerships with organizations like Transurban to provide the best possible service to the community.”
Prince William County Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin McGee commented, "We are grateful to Transurban for the opportunity to participate in this program; and we are grateful to the members of the community who will help donate to the Fire Department by taking the Express Lanes that day. The donations we receive will go towards purchasing items that allow us to continue to pursue innovation and provide service to our community, while protecting and keeping our community safe. And that's what our mission is all about."
“These donations will serve to protect our first responders, and assist with our community outreach programs,” shared Mark Doyle, Assistant Chief, Stafford County Fire and Rescue. “We greatly appreciate all drivers who take the Express Lanes on March 21, as well as the Express Lanes whose generosity will directly contribute to driver and first responder safety.”
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 Toll Road 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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