Solo drivers who used I-66 as tolling began faced as much as $34.50 in tolls to go one way.
Monday was the first day weekday rush hour commuters could use the Express Lanes on I-66 inside the Beltway. The Express Lanes allow drivers to use the road for free as carpoolers, but solo drivers must pay a toll that adjusts according to traffic conditions.
By 8:30 a.m. Monday, the estimated toll for a trip from I-495 North to exit 73 in Rosslyn was $30, according to VDOT's online calculator.
Those prices climbed to a high of $34.50 for single drivers -- which sparked outrage on social media.
Go here to see real-time toll estimates of how much you would pay.
But the governor and Virginia Department of Transportation officials say the tolls are working as they're supposed to.
"This is how it's supposed to work," Gov. Terry McAuliffe told News4. "When it's getting too congested, they don't want you on the roads. Do an alternative."
"We could not keep 66 the way it was," McAuliffe said. "It's just bottleneck."
"That was a choice that they made which they didn't have before today," VDOT's Michelle Holland said.
Del. Tim Hugo, chairman of the Virginia House of Delegates' Republican Caucus, called the tolls "unacceptable."
“Drivers across our region are shocked at the exorbitant tolls we’ve seen on I-66 over the last couple days," he said in a statement. "This is not what anyone expected to see. We immediately need to come together to craft a realistic public policy solution that helps lower the cost of commuting for single-occupancy vehicles on I-66 inside the Beltway."
VDOT said the tolls are shortening commute times; the average commute time along I-66 was cut in half when compared to the commute one year ago, the department said.
Carpoolers can travel on the I-66 express lanes for free, but they need to use a special pass called the E-ZPass Flex. The pass features a switch to enter HOV mode and signal you’re carpooling. Police patrolling for violators can detect when HOV mode is activated, officials say.
In 2022, you'll need three people in car to use HOV privileges.
About 63 percent of drivers were solo and paid the toll, VDOT said.
About 12 percent of drivers didn't have their E-ZPass, according to VDOT.
If you still need an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex, you can purchase one at a location listed below or online.
Anyone who drives in the Express Lanes without a pass will face a $12.50 fine.
You can avoid the fine by going online three days after passing through the toll without paying. Just type in your licence plate number and pay the toll online. VDOT says you still have to pay an administrative fee, however.
The tolls will only be in effect on weekdays between 5:30 and 9:30 a.m. for eastbound lanes and from 3 to 7 p.m. on westbound lanes.
There are no longer any exceptions for people travelling to Dulles International Airport or for owners of clean fuel and hybrid vehicles.
VDOT says you can visit one of the Northern Virginia stores listed below to buy your E-ZPass, but call ahead to ensure each store is open and has what you need. You can also see the list and a map here.
AAA Fredericksburg 2871 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
AAA Alexandria 2231 Eisenhower Ave Alexandria, VA 22314-4666
AAA Fairfax CCIT 9400 Main St Fairfax, VA 22031-4032
AAA Tysons Corner 8300 Old Courthouse Rd Vienna, VA 22182-3822
AAA Fairfax 4100 Monument Corner Dr Fairfax, VA 22030-8609
AAA Manassas CCIT 7865 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109
AAA Washington DC 1405 G Street NW Washington, DC 20005
Classic Concierge 1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tyson's Corner, VA 22102
DMV - Woodbridge 2731 Caton Hill Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192-4116
DMV - Stafford 874 Garrisonville Road, Stafford, VA 22554-3901
DMV - Pentagon Room 2C1049, Washington, DC 20301
DMV - Manassas 9800 Godwin Drive, Manassas, VA 20110-4105
DMV - Lorton 7714 Gunston Plaza, Lorton, VA 22079
DMV - Fredericksburg 5700 Southpoint Centre Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22407-2601
DMV - Franconia 6306 Grovedale Drive, Alexandria, VA 22310-2551
DMV - Alexandria 2681 Mill Road, Alexandria, VA 22314-4680
DMV - Sterling 100 Free Court, Sterling, VA 20164-3201
DMV - Leesburg 945 Edwards Ferry Road NE, Leesburg, VA 20176-3301
DMV - Fair Oaks Mall 11805 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA 22033
DMV - Arlington 4150 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA 22206-1106
Brunswick DMV Select 100 Athletic Field Road, Lawrenceville, VA 23868
Arlington DMV Select 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite 218, Arlington, VA 22201
Arlington Metro DMV Customer Service Center 3434 North Washington Blvd., Suite RET01, Arlington, VA 22201
Tysons Corner DMV Customer Service Center 1968 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA 22182-3909
Stafford DMV Select 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554
Purcellville DMV Select 109 N. Bailey Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132
DMV - Fairfax City 10455 Armstrong Street, Room 224, Fairfax, VA 22030
DMV - Fairfax/Westfields 14950 Northridge Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151-3809
Rosslyn Commuter Store Rosslyn Metro Station Entrance, 1810 N. Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209
Shirlington Commuter Store 2975 S. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22206 (at the Shirlington Bus Station)
Crystal City Commuter Store 251 18th Street, S., Arlington VA, 22202
Ballston Commuter Store Ballston-MU Metro Plaza (kiosk at top of escalator), 4230 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203
Tyson's West Park Transit Station Connector Store 8300 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Reston Town Center Transit Station Connector Store 12051 Bluemont Way, Reston, VA 20190
Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride Connector Store 12530 Sunrise Valley Drive, Herndon, VA 20171
Franconia-Springfield Metro Station Connector Store 6880 Frontier Drive, Springfield, VA 22150
Giant - Annandale 6980 Braddock Rd Annandale, VA 22003-6036
Giant - Stafford 317 Worth Ave Stafford, VA 22556-1538
Giant - Falls Church 7235 Arlington Blvd Falls Church, VA 22042-3219
Giant - Fairfax 11200 Main St Fairfax, VA 22030-5050
Giant - Springfield 8074 Rolling Rd Springfield, VA 22153-2928
Giant - Arlington 7558 Telegraph Rd Alexandria, VA 22315-3829
Giant - Falls Church 3480 S Jefferson St Falls Church, VA 22041-3104
Giant - Arlington 2501 9th St S Arlington, VA 22204
Giant - Alexandria 5730 Edsall Rd Alexandria, VA 22304-4712
Giant - Alexandria 5870 Kingstowne Blvd Alexandria, VA 22315
Giant - Ashburn 43670 Greenway Corporate Dr Ashburn, VA 20147-6985
Giant - Arlington 3115 Lee Hwy Arlington, VA 22201-4207
Giant - Ashburn 43330 Junction Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20147
Giant - Herndon 2551 John Milton Drive, Herndon, VA 20171
Giant - Sterling 21800 Town Center Plaza, #226, Sterling, VA 20164
Giant - Herndon 1228 Elden Street, Herndon, VA 20170
Giant - Sterling 21000 Southbank St - Ste 150, Sterling, VA 20165
Giant - Ashburn 44110 Ashburn Village Blvd #160, Ashburn, VA 20147
Giant - Leesburg 61 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg, VA 22075
Giant - Manassas 10100 Dumfries Road, Manassas VA 20110
Giant - Fredericksburg 550 Celebrate Virginia Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Giant - Chantily 25050 Riding Plaza Suite 100, Chantilly, VA 20152
Giant - Charlottesville 1900 Abbey Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Giant - Oakton 2932 Chain Bridge Rd Oakton, VA 22124-3001
Giant - Centreville 5615 Stone Rd., Centreville, VA 20120
Giant - Dale City 5469 Mapledale Plaza, Dale City, VA 22193
Giant - Dale City 4309 Dale Blvd., Dale City, VA 22193
Giant - Falls Church 1230 W. Broad St., Falls Church, VA 22046
Giant - Warrenton 41 West Lee Hwy., Warrenton, VA 20186
Giant - Lake Ridge 12445 Hedges Run Dr., Lake Ridge, VA 22192
Giant - Falmouth 35 Town and Country Rd., Falmouth, VA 22405
Giant - Spotsylvania 10346 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Giant - Mc Lean 1454 Chain Bridge Rd Mc Lean, VA 22101-3706
Giant - Gainesville 7575 Linton Hall Rd Gainesville, VA 20155-2972
Giant - Arlington 3450 Washington Blvd Arlington, VA 22201-4508
Giant - Springfield 7501 Huntsman Blvd Springfield, VA 22153-1649
Giant - Haymarket 5581 Merchants View Sq Haymarket, VA 20169-5439
Giant - Centreville 14125 St Germain Dr Centreville, VA 20121-2310
Giant - Vienna 359 Maple Ave E Vienna, VA 22180-4717
Giant - Fredericksburg 5701 Plank Rd Fredericksburg, VA 22407-6227
Giant - Manassas 8025 Sudley Rd Manassas, VA 20109-8001
Giant - Alexandria 621 E Glebe Road Alexandria, Va Giant - Reston [1500-1502] N Point Dr Reston, VA 20194
Giant - Clifton 5740 Union Mill Rd Clifton, VA 20124-1088
Giant - Purcellville 1000 E Main StPurcellville, VA 20132-3134
Giant - Leesburg 635 Potomac Station Dr NE, Leesburg, VA 20176-1818
Giant - Lorton 8941 Ox Rd Lorton, VA 22079-3216
Giant - Burke 6011 Burke Centre Pkwy Burke, VA 22015-3717
Giant - Herndon 13330 Franklin Farm Rd Herndon, VA 20171-4036
Giant - Fredericksburg 1245 Jefferson Davis Hwy Fredericksburg, VA 22401-4415
Giant - Fairfax 10653 Braddock Rd Fairfax, VA 22032-2202
Giant - Alexandria 6800 Richmond Hwy Alexandria, VA 22306-1704
Giant - Springfield 8320 Old Keene Mill Rd Springfield, VA 22152-1640
Giant - Annandale 7137 Columbia Pike Annandale, VA 22003-3146
Giant - Arlington 2901 S Glebe Rd 11 Arlington, VA 22204-5357
Giant - Fairfax 13043 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy Fairfax, VA 22033-2001
Giant - Springfield 6426 Springfield Plz Springfield, VA 22150-3428
Giant - Alexandria 3131 Duke St Alexandria, VA 22314-4518
Wegmans 12501 Stone Village Way, Midlothian, VA 23113
Wegmans 0 Telegraph Rd. 7950 Telegraph Rd. Alexandria, VA 22315
Wegmans 100 Wegmans Way, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Wegmans 11620 Monument Dr Fairfax, VA 22030-8706
Wegmans 101 Crosstrail Blvd Leesburg, VA 20176
Wegmans 45131 Columbia Pl Sterling, VA 20166-2501
Wegmans 8297 Stonewall Shops Sq Gainesville, VA 20155-3892
Wegmans 14801 Dining Way Woodbridge, VA 22191-4075
Wegmans 2281 Carl D Silver Pkwy Fredericksburg, VA 22401-4983
Wegmans 12200 Wegmans Blvd, Henrico, VA 23223