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Dur­ing Mon­day’s on­line chat, we dis­cussed the high-oc­cu­pancy toll lanes al­ready open on the Cap­i­tal Belt­way and un­der con­struc­tion on In­ter­state 95 in Vir­ginia. Trav­el­ers’ com­ments con­tinue to re­mind me that th­ese lanes are a big de­par­ture from the styles of high­way driv­ing we’re used to in the D.C. re­gion.

This was one ques­tion: “We drive from D.C. to Dum­fries (week­ends mostly) and try to take ad­van­tage of the HOV [high-oc­cu­pancy ve­hi­cle] lanes, which are free now. Will we have to pay to use them in the fu­ture?”

Yes. The 95 Ex­press Lanes will be very sim­i­lar to the 495 Ex­press Lanes on the Belt­way. Tolls will be in ef­fect all day, ev­ery day. Drivers who meet the HOV3 re­quire­ment and have an E-ZPass Flex transpon­der can ride toll-free.

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