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.

Did You Know?

Each U.S. rush-hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic.

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
528
14th Street Bridge
913
Arlington Mill Trail
474
Ballston Connector
238
Bluemont Connector
203
CC Connector
857
Clarendon EB bike lane
186
Custis Bon Air Park
1146
Custis Rosslyn
2075
Fairfax EB bike lane
123
Joyce St NB
50
Joyce St SB
27
Key Bridge East
1250
Key Bridge West
547
Military NB bike lane
52
Military SB bike lane
46
MVT Airport South
2861
Quincy NB bike lane
91
Quincy SB bike lane
85
Roosevelt Bridge
243
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1185
TR Island Bridge
1547
WOD Bon Air Park
1690
WOD Bon Air West
1922
WOD Columbia Pike
1401
WOD East Falls Church
1463
Wilson WB bike lane
216

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
634
14th Street Bridge
315
Arlington Mill Trail
586
Ballston Connector
237
Bluemont Connector
225
CC Connector
470
Custis Bon Air Park
674
Custis Rosslyn
330
Joyce St NB
113
Joyce St SB
100
Key Bridge East
2520
Key Bridge West
1560
MVT Airport South
295
Roosevelt Bridge
167
TR Island Bridge
1211
WOD Bon Air Park
824
WOD Bon Air West
941
WOD Columbia Pike
1168
WOD East Falls Church
622

All counters, YTD

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Year to Date
6887407
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