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New HOV 3+ Requirement on I-66

Fadi Seikaly
Fadi Seikaly December 5, 2022 Fadi was the Marketing Director at The Destination Sales & Marketing Group.

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/ for Arlington Transportation Partners

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


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