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.


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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.

HOV Projects in Development

I-66 Inside the Beltway: The proposed I-66 Inside the Beltway program calls for toll lanes that would be open to solo drivers during peak hours, in exchange for paying a toll. Carpools and vanpools (with 2 or more people, until a regional change to HOV-3+ goes into effect in 2020), transit, on-duty law enforcement and first responders will not pay a toll. More information from Transform 66 Inside the Beltway.

I-66 Outside the Beltway: This project would include toll lanes on I-66, in each direction from the Capital Beltway to Gainesville, Virginia. Vehicles meeting HOV restrictions would be exempt from the toll. More information from Transform 66 Outside the Beltway.

I-495 Express Lanes

The I-495 Express Lanes are on the southeast portion of the Capital Beltway, extending from Old Dominion Drive to I-95. These lanes are toll lanes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Carpoolers can avoid paying the toll by having 3 or more people in the vehicle, and an E-ZPass Flex, set to HOV mode. For more information about using the I-95 Express Lanes, visit expresslanes.com.

I-95 Express Lanes

The I-95 Express Lanes extend from Stafford County, Virginia, to I-395 in Springfield. These lanes are toll lanes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Carpoolers can avoid paying the toll by having 3 or more people in the vehicle, and an E-ZPass Flex, set to HOV mode. For more information about using the I-95 Express Lanes, visit expresslanes.com.

I-395 HOV-3 Reversible Lanes

The I-95 Express Lanes end, and the I-395 HOV Lanes begin, on I-395 just north of Edsall Road. HOV restrictions are in effect on weekdays, northbound in the morning and southbound in the afternoon. (Details below.)  HOV-3 vehicles, motorcycles and eligible clean fuel plate vehicles can travel in the HOV lanes.

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 HOV-2

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 HOV-2

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 HOV-2

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 HOV-2

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
584
14th Street Bridge
1698
Arlington Mill Trail
433
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
244
CC Connector
823
Clarendon EB bike lane
214
Custis Bon Air Park
1036
Custis Rosslyn
1173
Fairfax EB bike lane
144
Joyce St NB
101
Joyce St SB
49
Key Bridge East
1057
Key Bridge West
562
Military NB bike lane
62
Military SB bike lane
35
MVT Airport South
2429
Quincy NB bike lane
125
Quincy SB bike lane
78
Roosevelt Bridge
378
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
1518
WOD Bon Air Park
1522
WOD Bon Air West
1944
WOD Columbia Pike
0
WOD East Falls Church
1526
Wilson WB bike lane
274

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
4455
14th Street Bridge
423
Arlington Mill Trail
849
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
357
CC Connector
635
Custis Bon Air Park
704
Custis Rosslyn
671
Joyce St NB
127
Joyce St SB
182
Key Bridge East
4941
Key Bridge West
1992
MVT Airport South
391
Roosevelt Bridge
368
TR Island Bridge
1588
WOD Bon Air Park
1148
WOD Bon Air West
1082
WOD Columbia Pike
0
WOD East Falls Church
615

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
7551608
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