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Changes are coming to I-95 that will affect
When the 95 Express Lanes open, hybrid drivers will no longer be able to access the HOV lanes on I-95 unless they pay a toll or have three people in the car.
- Today, most hybrid drivers on I-95 must use the regular lanes or have three people in their car to use the HOV lanes on I-95, just like all other drivers.
- However, a small portion of Virginia hybrid drivers are eligible to access the HOV lanes on I-95 during rush hour without meeting the HOV requirement (3+ people). Virginia law makes a special exception for only those hybrids whose clean fuel plates were issued before July 1, 2006. When the Express Lanes open, these drivers must pay a toll or have three people in the car to use the Express Lanes.
- Only about 13 percent of the 75,000 hybrid drivers in Virginia hold a 2006 special clean fuel plate license plate and will be impacted by this change.
- The inner lanes on 395 north of Edsall Road will remain traditional HOV lanes. Hybrid vehicles with 2006 special clean fuel plates will continue to be able to access these HOV lanes without having three people in the car.
- Most hybrid drivers are already aware that changes are coming. According to a spring 2014 survey, 85 percent of hybrid drivers who travel I-95 are aware that hybrid vehicles that are not HOV will have to pay a toll to use the 95 Express Lanes.
- Changes are limited to HOV on the I-95 corridor and do not affect I-66 or Dulles Toll Road drivers.
- Section 33.1-56.1. of Virginia law defines who may and may not use high occupancy toll lanes without paying a toll.
- For more information on what vehicles qualify for clean special fuel plates, visit https://www.dmv.virginia.gov/vehicles/#cleanspecialfuel.asp
- With the Express Lanes, all travelers on 95 will have access to a variety of travel options, including paying a toll, taking a bus, enjoying toll-free HOV-3 travel and riding VRE or Metro.
All drivers will need an E-ZPass. The E-ZPass you need depends on how you travel:
- If you plan to drive yourself, you will need an E-ZPass to travel on the Express Lanes. If you already have an E-ZPass, you can use it on the 95 Express Lanes
- To travel toll-free, you need three or more people in your vehicle and an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode:
- E-ZPass Flex works like a standard E-ZPass but lets you switch between HOV and toll-paying modes
- The switchable E-ZPass Flex lets us know you are a carpooler so that you won't be charged a toll
- Switch your E-ZPass Flex to HOV mode to travel toll-free on the 95 Express Lanes
- E-ZPass Flex works like a standard E-ZPass on all other Virginia toll roads and wherever E-ZPass is accepted – regardless of the position of the switch
The Express Lanes end north of Edsall Road. Standard HOV rules will apply on I-395:
- Carpoolers (HOV-3+) and eligible clean fuel plate vehicles heading north on the 95 Express Lanes will be able to continue on to the I-395 HOV lanes
- Vehicles that do not meet the HOV requirement when the HOV rules are in effect will need to exit from the Express Lanes and reenter the regular I-395 lanes after Edsall Road to continue into Arlington and Washington, D.C.
Prepare now so you're ready to take the 95 Express Lanes when they open.
When the 95 Express Lanes open, you will experience relief from the Dumfries bottleneck where the HOV lanes currently end. You will also benefit from access to new destinations including Stafford County, Tysons Corner and Ft. Belvoir.Learn more about using the Lanes »