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495 Express Lanes and AAA Mid-Atlantic Encourage Drivers to Get an E-ZPassĀ®

Nov 7, 2012

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Alexandria, Va. – With less than 12 days until opening, the 495 Express Lanes and AAA Mid-Atlantic encourage drivers to get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass® FlexSM now so they are prepared to use the Express Lanes on November 17, 2012.  All drivers must have an E-ZPass to use the 495 Express Lanes – 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 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 destinations.  All drivers will need an E-ZPass to use the Express Lanes – there are no toll booths or options to pay cash.  Carpoolers with three or more people in the vehicle will need an E-ZPass Flex to ensure a toll-free trip on the Express Lanes. To learn more about E-ZPass options, visit

“Very soon Northern Virginia drivers will have a new solution to traffic gridlock – the 495 Express Lanes,” said Mahlon G. (Lon) Anderson, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Managing Director of Public and Government Affairs.  “To take advantage of this great new option, drivers will need an E-ZPass.  There is no time to wait.  If you want to take the Express Lanes when they open on November 17, you need to get your E-ZPass now.”

Drivers can get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex online from Virginia at or from Maryland at  Drivers can also call Virginia E-ZPass at 877-762-7824 and Maryland E-ZPass at 888-321-6824.  

Travelers can also walk into the following Virginia retail locations and pick up an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex:

  •     AAA Mid-Atlantic stores in Northern Virginia
  •     Select Wegmans in Northern Virginia
  •     Select Giant Food Stores in Northern Virginia
  •     E-ZPass Customer Service Centers
  •     Tysons Corner DMV

For more details on where you can get an E-ZPass please visit:
Drivers with a standard E-ZPass can swap out for an E-ZPass Flex in Virginia or Maryland.  There are several ways for a current Virginia E-ZPass customer to exchange a standard E-ZPass for an E-ZPass Flex:

  • Online at
  • Call the Customer Service Center (1-877-762-7824)
  • Visit one of the E-ZPass Customer Service Centers or the E-ZPass counter at the Tysons Corner Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) location.  Go to to find the Customer Service locations.

For more information on swapping out your existing E-ZPass for an E-ZPass Flex, please visit:  

“We want all drivers to benefit from the Express Lanes, but you cannot do so without an E-ZPass.  Now is the time for drivers to take the first step toward improving their commutes by getting an E-ZPass,” said Tim Steinhilber, Transurban’s general manager for the 495 Express Lanes Project.  “The opening of the 495 Express Lanes is right around the corner.  By getting an E-ZPass, drivers are making travel on the 495 Express Lanes – and ensuring their faster, more predictable trip – a reality.”

The 495 Express Lanes are on schedule to open on November 17, 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.  

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 a public-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  

About AAA Mid-Atlantic
AAA Mid-Atlantic advocates on behalf of its nearly four million members in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. It provides a wide range of personal insurance, travel, financial and automotive services through its 50-plus retail branches, regional operations centers, and the Internet.  For more information, please visit

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