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Commuter Tools

95 Express Lanes and 495 Express Lanes – For the latest information on the new Express Lanes (HOV/HOT lanes).

  • Sunday, December 14th – In the evening, the new ramps and lanes on I-95 open to traffic.
  • Sunday, December 14th to Sunday December 28th – Standard HOV rules will continue to be in effect during rush hour, with the exception of holidays. No tolling on the 95 Express Lanes and lanes open to all traffic outside rush hours.
  • Monday, December 29 – Starting with morning rush hour, full Express Lanes rules will be in place 24/7. E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex is needed to use lanes.

E-Z Pass Flex – An E-ZPass with an additional switchable feature designed specifically for those traveling on the new 95/495 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia. This new and innovative transponder will specifically benefit those who are traveling with three or more people in their vehicle.

E-Z Pass Exchange – Already have an E-ZPass? You can swap it for an E-ZPass Flex.

HOV Calculator – Determine how much time you could save by commuting with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) HOV Calculator.

511 Virginia – 511 Virginia is a real-time traffic, traveler services and tourism information service for Virginia’s I-81 Corridor from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Virginia Road Alerts – See exactly what’s happening on the road ahead by checking out these real-time traffic cameras.

Accessible Virginia Travel – Get the Virginia Travel Guide for Persons with Disabilities from Virginia Tourism.

Lane Closures and Travel Advisories – Search lists of planned land and road closers by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Virginia Official State Transportation Map – You can order this free map online, or view as a PDF.

TrafficLand – A public website feeding video from 32 roadside cameras in Northern Virginia.

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Commuter Transit Benefits

The Pre-Taxed Commuter Transit Benefit is available to all employees that utilize vanpools, commuter buses, Virginia Railway Express, Metro and the FRED bus. Ask your employer if they participate in this program. For complete information on the pre-taxed commuter benefit, visit http://www.wmata.com/business/employer_fare_program/.

The 2 types of Commuter Transit Benefits that are being distributed to employees in this region are:

  • Smart Trip Card – These cards are “loaded” with the transit benefit on them. Passengers must assign their benefit to vanpool operators. To register for this program and get all pertinent information, visit http://www.wmata.com/fares/smartrip.
  • TransBen – These are paper “payroll” style checks that can be used on vanpools.
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