Tolls, E-Z Pass Patrols Begin on 495 Express Lanes
– November 17, 2012 8:00 am
FAIRFAX COUINTY, Va. – Doing some early holiday shopping at Tysons Corner Center mall today? You’ll be able for the first time to use the 495 Express Lanes.
The $1.4 billion project that began in 2008 is officially open as of today. But you’ll need an E-Z Pass Flex transponder in your car to use the lanes or you’ll be fined.
Additional Virginia State Police troopers will also be on the lanes citing speed and seat belt violators, plus aggressive, impaired, and distracted drivers. The state agency has more information about the enforcement on the publicly owned, privately maintained express lanes:
In addition, troopers will be stopping and citing those in violation of the state law mandating the HOV-3 requirement in the Express Lanes.
If traveling with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode, then there must be at least three people riding inside the vehicle to be in compliance with the HOV-3 requirement. Those drivers not in compliance will be ticketed.
When using the E-ZPass Flex mode, the mode must be selected before entering the 495 Express Lanes. So, don’t forget to flip (the switch) before your trip.
Make sure you nominate (through the 495 Express Lanes Website or by phone) the bumper mounted transponder for HOV-3 travel at least 30 minutes prior to entering the Express Lanes.
HOV-3 regulations in the 495 Express Lanes apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Motorists are also advised that crossing between the white, lane dividers (aka ballards) from the main I-495 lanes into the Express Lanes is prohibited and is extremely dangerous.