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.

Did You Know?

The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
607
14th Street Bridge
1968
Arlington Mill Trail
282
Ballston Connector
296
Bluemont Connector
215
CC Connector
741
Clarendon EB bike lane
184
Custis Bon Air Park
1012
Custis Rosslyn
1525
Fairfax EB bike lane
144
Joyce St NB
23
Joyce St SB
25
Key Bridge East
994
Key Bridge West
671
Military NB bike lane
37
Military SB bike lane
28
MVT Airport South
1917
Quincy NB bike lane
97
Quincy SB bike lane
81
Roosevelt Bridge
495
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1332
TR Island Bridge
1594
WOD Bon Air Park
716
WOD Bon Air West
1289
WOD Columbia Pike
621
WOD East Falls Church
927
Wilson WB bike lane
221

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
599
14th Street Bridge
285
Arlington Mill Trail
672
Ballston Connector
346
Bluemont Connector
266
CC Connector
318
Custis Bon Air Park
409
Custis Rosslyn
305
Joyce St NB
44
Joyce St SB
72
Key Bridge East
1776
Key Bridge West
0
MVT Airport South
111
Roosevelt Bridge
132
TR Island Bridge
632
WOD Bon Air Park
465
WOD Bon Air West
544
WOD Columbia Pike
617
WOD East Falls Church
297

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
5988846
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