Alexandria, Va. – Today, Transurban announced the results of Drive to Donate, aprogram designed to give back to local fire and rescue heroes who put their lives on the line to keep us all safe – both on and off the road. Over 20,000 drivers participated by traveling and paying tolls on the 495 or 95 Express Lanes on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Transurban, the operator of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, donated the value of all tolls collected to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, Prince William County Fire and Rescue and Stafford County Fire and Rescue. Each of the three organizations received more than $26,000.
“We are pleased that so many drivers chose to travel on the 495 and 95 Express Lanes on March 21 to help us support a great cause,” said Jennifer Aument, North American Group General Manager, Transurban. “As safety is the top priority on the Express Lanes, it was important to us to support our local fire and rescue organizations. This donation is one way we can thank our local heroes for keeping the communities surrounding the Express Lanes corridor safe each and every day.”
Local fire and rescue organizations and law enforcement are a critical component to keeping the Express Lanes safe. Drive to Donate was created to underscore Transurban’s commitment to the community and support those in the localities near the corridor. In total, the Express Lanes donated more than $78,000. Each fire and rescue organization plans to use the donation for programs to help better serve the community.
"The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue is grateful for the support provided by those drivers who traveled the Express Lanes on March 21 and to Transurban for supporting both driver safety and local fire and rescue departments through the Drive to Donate program," said Prince William County Assistant Chief, Lance McClintock.
"I am incredibly grateful to the Express Lanes team and to everyone who drove the Lanes on Saturday,” said Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association President, Mike Wendt. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Chief, Richard Bowers continued, “The donated funds are appreciated and will be specifically invested in life-saving fire, rescue and emergency medical services equipment that will support incident operations. Thank you for the contributions that will make a difference in the lives of our residents and those that pass through our community on a daily basis.”
"Thanks to the Drive to Donate campaign, we believe we will be able to provide a warm coat to every Stafford County student who needs one this coming fall and winter,” said Stafford County Fire and Rescue Chief, Mark Lockhart, who plans to use the donation for their Operation Warm Coats for Kids program. “This incredible donation will move us closer to that goal. Every child should have a coat to keep them warm; we are grateful that the Drive to Donate program will help us take care of Stafford’s children.”
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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