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HOV - Northern Virginia: When and Where

I-495 Express Lanes

HOV-3 traffic can use the high-occupancy toll (express) lanes on Interstate 495 for free with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode. Visit www.ExpressLanes.com for details.

I-95 Express Lanes

HOV-3 traffic can use the high-occupancy toll (express) lanes on Interstate 95 free with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode. Details: www.ExpressLanes.com.

I-395 HOV-3 Reversible Lanes

The Express Lanes end and the HOV lanes begin on Interstate 395 just north of Edsall Road.

When the HOV restriction is in effect, drivers traveling north who are alone or with one passenger will need to exit from the Express Lanes to avoid entering the HOV lanes.

HOV-3 vehicles, motorcycles and eligible clean fuel plate vehicles can travel in the HOV lanes.

On weekdays, HOV-3 (three or more people in a vehicle) is in effect going north (toward Washington, D.C.) from 6 - 9 a.m. and going south (away from Washington) from 3:30 - 6 p.m.

HOV-3 Access for I-395

North exits
Seminary Road (This ramp reverses with HOV schedule and is HOV-3 at all times)
Washington Boulevard (Route 27)
Eads Street

North entrances
North of Edsall Road
Seminary Road (This ramp reverses with HOV schedule and is HOV-3 at all times) 
Shirlington Circle
Eads Street
North of Route 1

South exits
Eads Street
North of Washington Boulevard (Pentagon)
Shirlington Circle / Quaker Lane
Seminary Road (This ramp reverses with HOV schedule and is HOV-3 at all times) 
North of Edsall Road (Turkeycock)

South entrances
Eads Street
Washington Boulevard (Route 27)
Seminary Road (This ramp reverses with HOV schedule and is HOV-3 at all times)

I-66 HOV-2

Inside the Beltway

The hours are 5:30 - 9:30 a.m. going east and 3 - 7 p.m. going west, Monday through Friday. 

Solo drivers have the option of paying a toll to use the lanes in the peak direction during rush hours.

The lanes remain free for HOV-2+ vehicles (with E-ZPass Flex), buses, motorcycles and emergency response vehicles. 

The lanes are free to all during off-peak periods, including weekends.

Details: http://www.transform66.org/splash.html.

Outside the Beltway
The far left lane is reserved for HOV-2 heading east in the morning and west in the afternoon.

From: Route 15 in Haymarket
To: Capital Beltway (I-495)
Days: Monday - Friday

  • Going east: 5:30 - 9:30 a.m.
  • Going west: 3 - 7 p.m.

Exit ramps at Monument Drive and Stringfellow Road

  • On weekdays, the ramps are open easstbound to HOV-2 traffic only from 5:30 - 9:30 a.m., and westbound to HOV-2 traffic only from 3 - 7 p.m. 
  • The ramps are closed to all traffic from 5 - 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 - 10 a.m. on weekdays for the directional switch. 
  • At all other times and throughout the weekend, the ramps are open westbound to all traffic.

Shoulder lane hours (far right lane)

  • Going east: Open weekdays to all traffic from 5:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Going west: Open weekdays to all traffic from 2 -8 p.m.

Details: http://outside.transform66.org/faqs/default.asp.

Dulles Toll Road HOV-2

The far left lane is reserved for HOV-2 going east in the morning and west in the afternoon. Details: http://www.metwashairports.com/tollroad/toll.htm.

From: Route 28
To: The main toll plaza
Days: Monday-Friday

  • Going east: 6:30 - 9 a.m.
  • Going west: 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Page last modified: May 8, 2018