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Using the Lanes 

  • A New Kind of Travel on the Beltway

    Using the 495 Express Lanes is easy and provides you with a predictable trip on the Capital Beltway. Whether you travel by car, carpool or bus, the Express Lanes give you the freedom to control how and when you arrive at your destination.

  • Paying the Toll
    Won't Slow You Down

    You pay your toll on the Express Lanes with an E-ZPass® – there are no toll booths to slow you down. The electronic tolling equipment charges your E-ZPass® account. The Express Lanes have all-electronic tolling to keep you moving. There are no tollbooths or options to pay cash.

  • Carpooling on
    the Express Lanes

    Carpools can use the lanes without paying a toll. If you plan to carpool on the Express Lanes, you will need three people in the vehicle and an E-ZPass® FlexSM. The E-ZPass® FlexSM is your way to tell the Express Lanes operator that you are carpooling and ensure you are not charged a toll.

  • Getting into the Lanes

    You will see pricing and regulatory signage in advance of all Express Lanes entrances. These signs guide you to the lanes, explain the rules of the road and provide you with information on current toll pricing. Once you see the price and determine you want to take the Express Lanes, you will enter the lanes on a ramp that will bring you directly into the Express Lanes. It’s that easy.

  • Exiting the Lanes

    Once you are in the Express Lanes, you will use dedicated Express Lanes ramps on the left to exit directly onto major roadways. You can only exit from the Express Lanes onto the regular Beltway lanes at the beginning and end of the Lanes, in the area just south of Braddock Road, or north of the Dulles Toll Road.

Your Map to a New Shortcut

The 495 Express Lanes run down the middle of the Capital Beltway, and there are several opportunities to enter the Lanes. If you’re already on the Beltway, you can enter just north of the Dulles Toll Road and just south of Braddock Road. There are also several entry and exit points to and from other highways and major side routes.

Download a PDF of the Express Lanes access map.

495 Express Start/End (near MD) Route 267 (Dulles Toll Road and Airport Access Road) Jones Branch Drive Westpark Drive Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) Interstate 66 Lee Highway (Route 29) Gallows Road Braddock Road Springfield Interchange (395-95-495) I-95 395 HOV Ramps

Ready to use the Express Lanes? »Check out the new Express Lanes signage so you’ll
know what to look for on the road.