Alexandria, Va.–495 Express Lanes today announced drivers who open a new E-ZPass account and get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass®FlexSM in September will receive two toll-free weeks of travel on the 495 Express Lanes.
The toll giveaway program is part of an educational campaign to prepare Beltway drivers for the new travel option coming on the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway. The 495 Express Lanes will provide new options for a faster, more predictable trip on the Capital Beltway and give drivers more control over how and when they get to their destination. Drivers will need an E-ZPass to use the Express Lanes – there are no toll booths or options to pay cash. Carpoolers will need the new E-ZPass Flex to ensure a toll-free trip on the Express Lanes
“As vacation travel slows and is replaced by back to school traffic, we are reminded that traffic in this region never stops,” said Tim Steinhilber, Transurban’s general manager for the 495 Express Lanes Project. “When the Express Lanes open later this year they will provide the first real relief from Beltway traffic gridlock. We want all drivers to be prepared to take advantage of the new travel option and the first step is to get an E-ZPass. By getting an E-ZPass now you not only receive the benefits of E-ZPass, you also get two toll-free weeks of travel on the 495 Express Lanes.”
To be eligible to receive two weeks of toll-free travel, drivers must register on the 495 Express Lanes website – www.495ExpressLanes.com/offer – and get a new E-ZPass in September. For complete rules and details, please visit www.495ExpressLanes.com/offer.
Drivers can get an E-ZPass online at the E-ZPass website – www.ezpassva.com. E-ZPass is also available at retail locations including AAA Mid-Atlantic stores, select Wegmans in Northern Virginia, E-ZPass Customer Service Centers and the Tysons Corner DMV. Find out where you can get an E-ZPass here http://www.ezpassva.com/.
The 495 Express Lanes are two new high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in each direction from the Springfield Interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road on the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway. The 14-mile Express Lanes will be free for carpoolers with three or more people, buses, motorcycles and emergency vehicles. Other drivers may pay a toll for a faster, more predictable trip.
The 495 Express Lanes are on schedule to be completed in late 2012 and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The lanes will use dynamic pricing to keep traffic free flowing and provide a more predictable travel option on the Beltway. Dynamic pricing based on real-time traffic conditions manages the demand for the lanes, keeping the Express Lanes moving. Drivers will lock in their rate when they enter the lanes and pay tolls electronically with E-ZPass.
In addition to providing drivers with an option for a more predictable trip, the 495 Express Lanes will include three new Beltway entry and exit points meaning a safer and more direct route to popular locations in Tysons Corner and Merrifield.
About 495 Express Lanes
The 495 Express Lanes are new high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes that will operate on the I-495/Capital Beltway to provide drivers faster and more predictable travel options on I-495. The two new HOT lanes in each direction on the Virginia side of the Capital Beltway are from the Springfield Interchange to just north of the Dulles Toll Road (approximately 14 miles). Being delivered through apublic-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban-Fluor, the Express Lanes will give drivers the freedom to control how and when they arrive at their destination. For more information, please visit 495ExpressLanes.com.
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