There’s a lot in motion as we get closer to the 395 Express Lanes grand opening in the fall of 2019. When the Lanes officially open, drivers will enjoy more traveling options in the D.C. metro area. Whatever your traveling style may be, the 395 Express Lanes are sure to speed up your trip.
Since the project is in full swing, here’s what you need to know about traveling during this time and what to expect from the new Lanes.
The 395 Express Lanes will open in the fall of 2019.
For more information about the project, jump onto the Virginia Department of Transportation’s website.
We’ve become a part of the local communities along the I-395 corridor as we work on the project. The 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program is our way of being a good neighbor by giving back to them. Grants of $500 to $3,000 will be awarded throughout the year to help support the local environment and neighborhoods.
Head over to the About page to apply online.
For any questions, read our Express Lanes Community Grant Program Overview and Guidelines for the full scoop on grant opportunities.
Traveling in the D.C. metro area is about to get easier with the 395 Express Lanes, an 8-mile extension of the 95 Express Lanes that’ll take you right up to the D.C. line.
Just like the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, you’ll need an E-ZPass® or E-ZPass Flex® to drive them.
When the 395 Express Lanes open, cars with 1 or 2 customers will pay to use the Lanes with an E-ZPass® or E-ZPass Flex® set to non-HOV mode.
But how does free travel sound? If you have a headcount of 3 or more people and your E-ZPass Flex® set to HOV mode, you’ll ride for free. Not to mention, motorcycles can travel toll-free without an E-ZPass and buses will welcome passengers with the price of a standard fare.
Here’s what else you can look forward to with the new 395 Express Lanes:
Existing HOV entry and exit points on the I-395 HOV lanes will become open to toll-paying customers. The only exception is the Seminary Road ramp, which will stay HOV only.
Accessing the northbound Lanes
Accessing the southbound Lanes
Thanks to improvements at the Eads Street interchange, you’ll get direct access to the Pentagon and Crystal City for a faster and safer trip.
Accessing the Lanes near the Pentagon
The 395 Express Lanes and Eads Street Interchange will offer employees and visitors a simpler way to drive to and from the Pentagon. Not to mention, the South Parking Lot on the Pentagon Reservation is getting a makeover. The South Parking Lot updates will deliver smoother travel for pedestrians, drivers or bus riders on the Pentagon Reservation.
We’ve been up to a lot around the Pentagon Reservation over the last couple of years. Stay in the know about the latest progress and updates we’re making around the Pentagon Reservation on the News & Alerts page. We’ve also been up to a lot around the Pentagon Reservation over the last several years. You can find older updates by visiting our past announcements, too.
Department of Defense employees can head over to the Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) Transportation CAC-enabled website for the scoop on how this project may affect parking and transportation on the Pentagon Reservation.
Have questions about how the 395 Express Lanes project may switch up the flow around the Pentagon? Reach out to:
New travel incentives are now available during the construction of the 395 Express Lanes project. These incentives make it easier for you to ride the bus, carpool, vanpool and telework along the I-395 corridor. More about these new incentives and commuting options below.
Need to find a carpool or bus route? The following resources will help you on your way:
Additional bus services have been added during peak hours on a popular OmniRide route, as well as two Metrobus commuter routes to help alleviate traffic in the corridor.
Carpool with one or more people and you may receive up to $230 through the Commuter Connections 'Pool Rewards' program.
To make the process easier, financial assistance and new rider matching is available to help start new vanpools traveling on I-395.
Employers with employees that use the I-395 corridor may be eligible for up to $10,000 in additional subsidies to encourage them to create a new teleworking program.
To find out more information on any of these incentives or additional commuting options, please contact the jurisdiction in which you live.
We’re making progress on the 395 Express Lanes every day. Here’s what we’re up to in the area as we work around the clock toward the grand opening.
The new 395 Express Lanes are coming to you soon. In the meantime, enjoy safe travels.
Starting June 1, the ramp connecting the HOV lanes to the regular lanes – just past the Pentagon on I-395 south – will be permanently closed. There will be new traffic patterns near the 14th Street Bridge, so please keep reading for info.
In the morning:
In the afternoon:
It’s part of a larger effort. Changes to the I-395 corridor offers benefits for drivers in the region. When the 395 Express Lanes open this fall, you’ll have more choices when it comes to daily commuting and leisure travel.
The 395 Express Lanes will deliver faster, safer and more predictable ways to travel to and from D.C. and points in Alexandria and Arlington – with direct access to the Pentagon, Pentagon City and Crystal City.
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