To carpool in the 95 Express Lanes when the roadway opens in early 2015, you'll need a new E-ZPass Flex. This switchable E-ZPass will let us know you are a carpooler so that you won't be charged a toll. The E-ZPass Flex will work like a regular E-ZPass, but will let you switch between HOV and toll-paying modes. If your E-ZPass Flex is switched to HOV mode and you have three or more passengers in the car, you will not be charged a toll. If your E-ZPass Flex is switched to toll mode, it will be used to pay the toll on the Express Lanes. This switchable E-ZPass will pay tolls on any other road that accepts E-ZPass, regardless of the position of the switch.
By requiring users to have an E-ZPass, the 95 Express Lanes will be able to keep violators out of the lanes. State troopers – funded by the project – will be stationed alongside the lanes to make sure those drivers switched to carpool mode have three people in the car.
We will tell the difference between HOV and toll-paying customers by reading the E-ZPass in the vehicle and working with state police to enforce the HOV rules.
Combined, these changes will substantially decrease violation rates from what we see on the existing HOV lanes today, where about one in four drivers are cheating during the restricted periods.
More than one in three vehicles in today's I-95 HOV lanes are violators. The Express Lanes will keep those violators out and keep you moving.
HOV-3+ will ride in the 95 Express Lanes toll-free. All you'll need are three people in your car and an E-ZPass Flex switched to HOV mode. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits for carpoolers and how you will use the Express Lanes.Keeping Violators Out
- HOV-3+ can travel in the Express Lanes toll-free
- All drivers entering the Express Lanes will need an E-ZPass. Carpoolers will need an E-ZPass Flex. When the E-ZPass Flex is switched to HOV mode, you will not be charged a toll
- Virginia State Police will enforce the lanes visually confirming HOV-3+ and ensuring violators are caught
- Technology on the road will capture license plates and issue tickets to drivers without an E-ZPass
The 95 Express Lanes mean better trips for carpools. Here's why:
- E-ZPass and enhanced enforcement mean fewer violators in the lanes
- HOV lanes will be available all day, not just during rush hour
- Relief from Dumfries bottleneck where the HOV lanes currently end
- Access to new destinations including Tysons Corner and Ft. Belvoir
- Continued incentive for slugging as HOV lanes will remain HOV-only north of Edsall Road on I-395
Alongside the 95 Express Lanes, VDOT is delivering new commuter lots, expanding existing lots and improving access at a number of Park and Ride lots located in the I-95 corridor.
- In 2012, there will be an additional 600 spaces at the Saratoga/EPG Park and Ride lot in Fairfax County and 700 spaces at the Telegraph Road-Old PRTC bus garage Park and Ride lot in Prince William County
- By end of 2014, there will be 1,000 spaces at Staffordboro Boulevard in Stafford County and 1,000 spaces in Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County at Gordon Road. A new 1,000-space garage will be constructed along with the new Potomac Nationals Stadium at Stonebridge in Prince William County