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Benefits of 495 and 95 Express Lanes Extend to Regular Lanes as Drivers Experience Reduced Travel Time and Increased Lane Speeds

May 12, 2015

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Alexandria, Va.The 495 and 95 Express Lanes today announced that benefits of the Express Lanes extend to the regular Capital Beltway and I-95 lanes as well.  According to data extracted from the University of Maryland’s Regional Integrated Transportation Information System, travelers in the regular lanes on the Capital Beltway and I-95 have experienced reduced travel times and faster speeds since the Express Lanes opened.  As expected, drivers who take the Express Lanes experience significant travel time savings when they choose to take the Lanes.

“Northern Virginia is notorious for being one of the most congested areas in the country,” said Nic Barr, Vice President, Operations, Transurban.  “The Express Lanes are helping to alleviate congestion and improve travel times, not just in the Express Lanes, but in the regular lanes as well.  The improvements the Express Lanes have delivered to the entire corridor are a testament to why projects like the Express Lanes benefit all drivers – not just those who choose to take the Lanes.”

95 Express Lanes Benefits

According to the data, which compares peak travel times for each day of week from Garrisonville Road to Franconia Road in February 2014 versus February 2015, travelers in the regular I-95 northbound lanes have experienced reduced travel times since the 95 Express Lanes opened in December 2014. 

Day of Week

Average February 2014 Travel Time in Regular Lanes

Average February 2015 Travel Time in Regular Lanes

Average Time Savings for Drivers in Regular Lanes

Monday

49 minutes

30 minutes

19 minutes

Tuesday

47 minutes

32 minutes

15 minutes

Wednesday

40 minutes

30 minutes

10 minutes

Thursday

54 minutes

31 minutes

23 minutes

Friday

32 minutes

26 minutes

6 minutes

The data also reveals that travelers in the northbound regular I-95 lanes experienced faster lane speeds at peak travel times in February 2015 than they did in February 2014. 

Day of Week

Average February 2014 Regular Lane Speeds

Average February 2015 Regular Lane Speeds

Average Speed Increase

Monday

33 mph

54 mph

21 mph

Tuesday

34 mph

50 mph

16 mph

Wednesday

40 mph

53 mph

13 mph

Thursday

30 mph

51 mph

21 mph

Friday

51 mph

62 mph

11 mph

Travelers in the regular I-95 northbound lanes see the biggest improvement to travel times and lane speeds on Thursdays, saving an average of 23 minutes and traveling an average of 21 mph faster on a northbound trip from Garrisonville Road to Franconia Road. 

Drivers who choose to take the 95 Express Lanes experience even more significant travel time savings.  For a full-length peak southbound trip in February 2015, the maximum travel time savings realized was nearly 2.5 hours.  Average and maximum travel time savings in the 95 Express Lanes in February 2015 are below:

Day of Week

Average Travel Time Savings in February 2015 for 95 Express Lanes customers

Maximum Travel Time Savings in February 2015 for 95 Express Lanes customers

Monday

33 minutes

Nearly 2.5 hours

Tuesday

15 minutes

1 hour

Wednesday

13 minutes

30 minutes

Thursday

19 minutes

Nearly 1 hour

Friday

33 minutes

2 hours

495 Express Lanes Benefits

According to the data, which compares peak travel times for each day of week on the Capital Beltway from I-95 to Route 267 in March 2012 – before the 495 Express Lanes opened – versus March 2014, travelers in the regular northbound lanes are experiencing reduced travel times. 

Day of Week

Average March 2012 Travel Time in Regular Lanes

Average March 2014 Travel Time in Regular Lanes

Average Time Savings for Drivers in Regular Lanes

Monday

25 minutes

19 minutes

6 minutes

Tuesday

27 minutes

26 minutes

1 minute

Wednesday

30 minutes

19 minutes

11 minutes

Thursday

37 minutes

19 minutes

18 minutes

Friday

19 minutes

16 minutes

3 minutes

The data also reveals that travelers in the northbound regular Capital Beltway lanes experienced faster lane speeds at peak travel times in March 2014 than they did in March 2012. 

Day of Week

Average March 2012 Regular Lane Speeds

Average March 2014 Regular Lane Speeds

Average Speed Increase

Monday

32 mph

42 mph

10 mph

Tuesday

29 mph

31 mph

2 mph

Wednesday

26 mph

41 mph

15 mph

Thursday

21 mph

41 mph

20 mph

Friday

41 mph

49 mph

8 mph

All data regarding road travel times and speeds is from the University of Maryland’s Regional Integrated Transportation Information System, an automated data sharing, dissemination and archiving system. 

About the Express Lanes

The 495 and 95 Express Lanes operate on the 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 more than 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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