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New HOV 3+ Requirement on I-66

Fadi Seikaly
Fadi Seikaly December 5, 2022 Fadi is the Marketing Director at The Destination Sales & Marketing Group. He avidly consumes podcasts during his Metro commute. Car free for almost 10 years, he enjoys running outside and biking around Pentagon City and Crystal City during his free time.

ATP Takeway: Starting December 5, 2022 the HOV requirement for toll-free travel on the I-66 Express Lanes will change from HOV 2+ to HOV 3+. Find out how you can avoid the tolls with Arlington Transportation Partners

With the final section of the I-66 Express Lanes corridor completed, both inside and outside the beltway, the HOV requirement for toll-free travel will change to have three or more travelers to ride the express lanes for free of charge. 




During peak travel hours Monday through Friday, the I-66 corridor will operate strictly as express lanes with a toll, and outside of tolling hours, entry to the express lanes will remain free. 

How Will this Impact Your Commute

If you drive alone eastbound on I-66 during the hours of 5:30-9:30 a.m. you will be subjected to a toll. If you ride with at least two additional people in the car and have an E-ZPass Flex, you can travel I-66 for free.

The same rules apply for anyone traveling westbound on I-66 from 3:00-7:00 p.m.  Anyone traveling outside of these hours or in the opposit direction during HOV hours will not be affected by tolling.

What Are Your Options?

Anyone can use the I-66 express lanes, with a valid E-ZPass mounted in the car. Commuters can still choose to pay a toll if driving alone or can consider sharing the ride. 

Carpools and vanpools with three or more riders and vanpools will be able to commute for free on the I-66 Express Lanes with an E-ZPass Flex. Additionally commuters can choose a regional bus option like the Fairfax Connector or Loudoun County Transit to travel the I-66 corridor. 

With the extension of the Silve Line, commuters now have even more optiosn to travel in to Arlington County and Washington, D.C. using I-66 and avoiding the tolls. 

Plan ahead with ATP

Now is the time to plan for your new I-66 experience. Perhaps you will use Metro or bus instead, or use E-ZPass Flex’s free HOV option to your advantage and carpool. Whatever you choose, Arlington Transportation Partners has resources and tools to make your commute more manageable. 



Photo Credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com for Arlington Transportation Partners

Tags: Carpool, Vanpool, Commute, Transit, Commute66, I-66


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