95 EXPRESS LANES
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.