Toll Prices Soar Over $30 as I-66 Express Lanes Open

Dynamic tolling came into effect Monday morning for drivers travelling on I-66. Carpoolers commuted as usual, but now solo drivers were allowed to use the express lanes... if they could afford it. News4's Mark Segraves reports.

(Published Monday, Dec. 4, 2017)

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.

Drivers trying out the new Express Lanes on I-66 Monday found themselves facing some pretty high toll prices.

(Published Monday, Dec. 4, 2017)

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.

Starting Monday, weekday rush hour commuters will need an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex to travel on express lanes on I-66.

(Published Monday, Dec. 4, 2017)

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."

Rush hour drivers on I-66 inside the Beltway will have to have an E-Z Pass for their commute from now on. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.

(Published Monday, Dec. 4, 2017)

"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 continued to get their E-Z passes at the last minute Sunday to prepare for their Monday commute on the I-66 express lanes. News4's Darcy Spencer reports.

(Published Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017)

“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.

News4's David Culver tells you everything you need to know about E-Z Pass changes coming to the express lanes on I-66. Look for a special guest appearance from David Culver's carpooling alter ego.

(Published Friday, Dec. 1, 2017)

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 half of Northern Virginia drivers who use I-66 are not ready for the new E-ZPass Express Lanes coming in December. News4's Julie Carey reports what you need to know if you plan on driving on I-66 inside the Beltway during rush hour.

(Published Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017)

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

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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

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Giant - Arlington 3115 Lee Hwy Arlington, VA 22201-4207

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Giant - Herndon 2551 John Milton Drive, Herndon, VA 20171

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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

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Giant - Falls Church 1230 W. Broad St., Falls Church, VA 22046

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Giant - Falmouth 35 Town and Country Rd., Falmouth, VA 22405

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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