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495 Express Lanes

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495 Express Lanes

495 Express Lanes

A predictable option on the Capital Beltway. The 495 Express Lanes are high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes that operate on the Virginia side of the I-495/Capital Beltway. HOT lanes are tolled lanes that operate alongside existing highway lanes to provide users with a faster and more predictable travel option. Buses, carpools (HOV-3), motorcycles and emergency vehicles have free access to the 495 Express Lanes. Drivers with fewer than three occupants can pay to access the Lanes.

The Lanes are open as of November 17, 2012.

Number of Express Lanes:


Location of the Express Lanes:
  • Two southbound lanes down the center of the Beltway after the George Washington Parkway/Georgetown Pike exit to north of the Springfield Interchange (approximately 14 miles).
  • Two northbound lanes down the center of the Beltway from north of the Springfield Interchange to just south of the George Washington Parkway/ Georgetown Pike exit (approximately 14 miles).

Entry & Exits

There are multiple entry and exit points to and from the 495 Express Lanes. Please refer to 495 Express Lanes website for a complete description of the entry and exit points.

Speed Limit:
  • 55 MPH
  • No need to slow down to pay the toll

Frequent Traveler Program (Membership Required):
E-ZPass customers enroll directly at the 495 Express Lanes website for customized travel information and more. Sign up today

Toll Rates: Tolls for the Express Lanes are dynamic, meaning they change periodically based on real-time traffic conditions to keep the lanes free flowing. Dynamic message signs prior to entry display toll prices for up to 3 destinations to provide you information on the toll price.

Roadway Rules:
  • All users, except motorcycles, need an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex. No option to pay with cash.
  • Remember to travel with only one E-ZPass in your vehicle at a time.
  • 2-axle vehicles and buses only.
  • E-ZPass must be properly mounted on the windshield per E-ZPass Mounting Instructions and Customer Agreement. Violations resulting from E-ZPass Tags that are not mounted are subject to Administration Fees.
  • 2-axle vehicles and buses only.
  • HOV-3+, transit vehicles, motorcycles and emergency vehicles may use the Lanes without paying a toll by nominating their HOV status through an E-ZPass Flex or E-ZPass registered with 495 Express Lanes.
  • For toll-free travel, make sure you set your E-ZPass Flex to HOV mode before you get on the road.
  • Express Lanes rules are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • You cannot tow boats or trailers on the Express Lanes.
  • Those traveling without an E-ZPass tag may be subject to administration fees, debt collection and/or court.
  • Those claiming HOV-3 with fewer than 3 occupants may be subject to enforcement by the Virginia State Police and court.

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