High-Occupancy Vehicle Lanes

HOV lanes are traffic lanes set aside for vehicles with a minimum number of occupants. HOV lanes shorten commute times for carpoolers, but they also shorten commute times for everyone else on the road, by reducing the volume of traffic. HOV restrictions and even the direction of travel in these lanes may change depending on the day and time. Some HOV lanes are open to hybrid vehicles and/or motorcycles that don't carry the minimum number of riders. For the most up-to-date information about rules and hours for each system, follow the links provided under "HOV Lanes in Virginia" and "HOV Lanes in Maryland," below.


Interested in joining or forming a carpool or vanpool? For information, follow the links under "Ridesharing" in the navigation menu at left. Arlington businesses and multifamily residential properties can contact Arlington Transportation Partners for information about having a ride matching event at your location.

Or forget about driving -- Virginia Railway Express offers commuter rail service along the I-95 and I-66 corridors. Purchase tickets online at CommuterDirect.com.


HOV Lanes in Virginia

For the most current and complete information about HOV lanes in Virginia, see the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) HOV page.

New Rules For I-95 Carpoolers

The 95 Express Lanes require vehicles with 3+ passengers to have an E-ZPass Flex, set to HOV mode, to avoid paying a toll. For more information about using the 95 Express Lanes, visit expresslanes.com.

I-395

I-395 HOV Hours

Weekdays

6:00-9:00 a.m.

HOV-3 northbound

9:00-10:00 a.m.

northbound, no HOV restriction

10:00 a.m.-noon

closed while lanes are reversed

noon-3:30 p.m.

southbound, no HOV restriction

3:30-6:00 p.m.

HOV-3 southbound

6:00-12:00 midnight

southbound, no HOV restriction
(may be extended during summer)

12:00 midnight -2:00 a.m.

closed while lanes are reversed

2:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.

northbound, no HOV restriction
(may be reduced during summer)

Weekends

6:00 p.m. Fri.-2 p.m. Sat.

southbound, no HOV restriction

2:00-4:00 p.m. Sat.

closed while lanes are reversed

4:00 p.m. Sat.-6 a.m. Mon.

northbound, no HOV restriction

I-66

Inside the Beltway (I-495), all lanes of I-66 are restricted to vehicles with two or more people (HOV-2), and drivers of single-occupancy vehicles travelling to and from Dulles Airport. HOV restrictions are in effect on weekdays, eastbound (toward D.C.) in the morning and westbound in the evening. Outside the Beltway, there is one lane in each direction marked with diamonds; these lanes are also restricted to HOV-2 eastbound in the morning and westbound in the evening.

I-66 HOV Hours

Weekdays, Inside the Beltway

6:30-9:00 a.m.

HOV-2 eastbound

4:00-6:30 p.m.

HOV-2 westbound

Weekdays, Outside the Beltway

5:30-9:30 a.m.

HOV-2 eastbound

3:00-7:00 p.m.

HOV-2 westbound

Weekends & Other Times

Open to all traffic

Dulles Toll Road

From Rt. 28 to the Beltway (I-495) The Dulles Toll Road has one lane in each direction restricted to vehicles with two or more people (HOV-2) on weekdays, eastbound (toward D.C.) in the morning and westbound in the evening. The lanes are marked with diamonds.

Dulles Toll Road Hours

Weekdays

6:30-9:00 a.m.

HOV-2 eastbound

4:00-6:30 p.m.

HOV-2 westbound

Weekends & Other Times

Open to all traffic

HOV Lanes in Maryland

For the most current and complete information about HOV lanes in Maryland, see the Maryland State Highway Administration HOV page.

I-270

There is one HOV lane in each direction from the the Beltway (I-495) through Montgomery County, MD. The southbound HOV lane extends from I-370 to I-495 (Capital Beltway). The northbound HOV lane extends from I-495 to MD 121 (Clarksburg). The lanes are marked with painted diamonds.

I-270 Hours

Weekdays

6:00-9:00 a.m.

HOV-2 southbound

3:30-6:30 p.m.

HOV-2 northbound

Weekends & Other Times

Open to all traffic

Route 50

There is one HOV lane in each direction from Route 301 to the Beltway (I-495). The lanes are restricted to HOV-2 traffic at all times.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
692
14th Street Bridge
1994
Arlington Mill Trail
360
Ballston Connector
324
Bluemont Connector
217
CC Connector
741
Clarendon EB bike lane
206
Custis Bon Air Park
1134
Custis Rosslyn
1598
Fairfax EB bike lane
180
Joyce St NB
33
Joyce St SB
25
Key Bridge East
1091
Key Bridge West
724
Military NB bike lane
33
Military SB bike lane
27
MVT Airport South
2068
Quincy NB bike lane
106
Quincy SB bike lane
96
Roosevelt Bridge
475
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1408
TR Island Bridge
1387
WOD Bon Air Park
995
WOD Bon Air West
1510
WOD Columbia Pike
879
WOD East Falls Church
1090
Wilson WB bike lane
238

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
523
14th Street Bridge
198
Arlington Mill Trail
584
Ballston Connector
317
Bluemont Connector
267
CC Connector
266
Custis Bon Air Park
353
Custis Rosslyn
290
Joyce St NB
44
Joyce St SB
84
Key Bridge East
1511
Key Bridge West
0
MVT Airport South
84
Roosevelt Bridge
108
TR Island Bridge
632
WOD Bon Air Park
452
WOD Bon Air West
607
WOD Columbia Pike
511
WOD East Falls Church
281

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
6016372
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