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

The 95 Express Lanes opened in December 2014, replacing the I-95 HOV lanes. Carpoolers will need 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 95expresslanes.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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14th Street Bridge
2534
Ballston Connector
416
Bluemont Connector
280
CC Connector
878
Clarendon EB bike lane
270
Crystal SB bike lane
106
Custis Bon Air Park
1301
Custis Rosslyn
1837
Fairfax EB bike lane
200
Joyce St NB
39
Joyce St SB
25
Key Bridge East
1441
Key Bridge West
799
Military NB bike lane
52
Military SB bike lane
65
MVT Airport South
2956
Quincy NB bike lane
523
Quincy SB bike lane
220
Roosevelt Bridge
557
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1642
TR Island Bridge
1730
WOD Bon Air Park
1167
WOD Bon Air West
1904
WOD Columbia Pike
1001
WOD East Falls Church
1393
Wilson WB bike lane
315

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
400
Ballston Connector
510
Bluemont Connector
412
CC Connector
775
Custis Bon Air Park
649
Custis Rosslyn
436
Joyce St NB
74
Joyce St SB
108
Key Bridge East
2994
Key Bridge West
1158
MVT Airport South
470
Roosevelt Bridge
159
TR Island Bridge
1115
WOD Bon Air Park
964
WOD Bon Air West
852
WOD Columbia Pike
733
WOD East Falls Church
665

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