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Statistics for 66 Express Lanes inside the Beltway after Tuesday, Dec. 5,  a.m. rush hour

Virginia Department of Transportation provided these statistics for 66 Express Lanes inside the Beltway following Tuesday, Dec. 5,  a.m. rush hour. Over the first three rush-hour periods, there were no major reportable incidents on the lanes, sustained travel times and speeds for carpools, buses and toll-paying drivers, a news release said.

66 Express Lanes Snapshot for Tuesday, Dec. 5 Morning Rush

Vehicles: About 12,000
Average Speed: 54 miles per hour (compared with 37 mph last December)
Pricing Snapshot:  Prices opened at $11 and closed at $15.75.  A trip along the entire nine-mile corridor ranged from $3.75 at 5:40 a.m. to $40 at 8:06 a.m. The high and low price each remained for six minutes (toll prices are updated every six minutes).

E-ZPass
Percentage of vehicles traveling with E-ZPass transponders: 86%
Percentage traveling without a transponder (includes motorcycles): 14%
HOV-2 traveling for free with E-ZPass Flex: 41% (Up from 37% yesterday a.m.)

66 Express Lanes Snapshot for Monday, Dec 4, 2017
5:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Average speed
57 mph (36 mph prior typical)
59 mph (49 mph prior typical)
Vehicles with E-ZPass
86%
75%
Vehicles without E-ZPass
14%
25%
High Occupancy Vehicles riding for free
37%
26%
Solo drivers with E-ZPass
48%
50%
Highest price for the full corridor
$34.50 (8:36 a.m.-8:42 a.m.)
$12.50 (6:12 p.m.-6:18 p.m.)
Lowest price for the full corridor
$4.50 (5:42 p.m.-5:48 p.m.)
$5.50 (4:12 p.m.-4:24 p.m.)

Lowest price for one zone
$.50, multiple places/times
$.50 multiple places/times
Traffic Volumes
Vehicles passed through each toll gantry
Beltway/Rt. 7
5,641
Beltway/Rt. 7
6,545
Dulles Access Rd./ Washington Blvd.
11,268
Dulles Access Rd/Washington Blvd.
12,054
Sycamore/Fairfax Dr.
10,734
Sycamore/Fairfax Dr.
10,167
Glebe Rd./Spout Run
10,265
Glebe Rd./Spout Run
8,870

Arterial congestion
Change compared to an average rush hour
Route 7
+6%
Route 7
+5%
Route 29
+8%
Route 29
+11%
Route 50
+6%
Route 50
-6%*
Route 123
+6%
Route 123
-2.5%
Route 193
+6%
Route 193
+7%

No significant traffic impacts observed on arterials
Backups due to rash at Jaguar Trail

More on the Lanes and the Rules

Weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. eastbound and 3 to 7 p.m. westbound, from I-495 to U.S. Route 29 in Rosslyn, vehicles with two or more people continue to use I-66 for free with an E-ZPass Flex, while single-occupant drivers have the to use this stretch of I-66 by paying a toll with E-ZPass.

All vehicles traveling during these periods need an E-ZPass transponder, and HOV-2+ vehicles need an E-ZPass Flex transponder switched to HOV mode to travel for free.

Exemptions for Dulles International Airport users and Clean Special Fuel License Plate vehicles (hybrids) are no longer in effect. The lanes remain open to all users during off-peak periods, including weekends.
 
Express Lanes inside the Beltway are the nation’s first of their kind, dynamically tolling all lanes during peak periods. They are designed to move more people by making carpools and bus service more reliable, and giving drivers a choice to pay for the reliable trip. Prices will change based on real-time traffic volumes in order to manage demand for the lanes and keep traffic moving.

Revenues will continue to fund multi-modal improvements along the corridor for more reliable alternatives to driving alone.

Reminders for Drivers
·      Use the 66 Express Lanes App
Download the app or visit 66expresslanes.org for current price estimates (and soon historical pricing) to help plan commutes and decide whether to use the lanes.

·      Plan and Know your Travel Options
With more reliable carpool and bus trips, I-66 drivers are asked to consider new commuting options by visiting http://www.CommuterConnections.org and I-66 Commuter Choice to learn about all options including new and recently expanded service in the corridor.

·      Get an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex
All drivers on this section of I-66 during express lane hours need a transponder: an E-ZPass Flex if traveling toll-free as HOV-2+ Get an E-ZPass and view all available retail locations at http://www.ezpassva.com/ or by calling 877-762-7824.

·      Missed a Toll or Traveled Without a Transponder?
Visit 66expresslanes.org, select “Missed a Toll,” and enter your license plate. The transaction will show within three days of travel, and can be paid within six days of travel to avoid receiving a violation notice. Call the E-ZPass Customer Service Center at 1-877-762-7824 with any questions.

For more information, visit 66ExpressLanes.org.
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