HOV Lanes

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High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes: HOV lanes are reserved for carpools, vanpools, buses, and motorcycles during designated time periods. All drivers can use HOV lanes during off-peak traffic hours. They are also known as carpool, commuter, or express lanes. Most of the Washington metropolitan HOV lanes are designated HOV-2, meaning motorists other than motorcyclists must have at least one other person in the vehicle to use the lane during the designated time periods.

HOV lanes are indicated in yellow and express lanes in green on the following map. Click on the image to enlarge.

 

HOV

Maryland

HOV Lanes Location
Occupants Required
Hours of Operation
I-270
HOV-2
Southbound 6:00 am – 9:00 am
I-270
HOV-2
Northbound 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
US 50
HOV-2
24 hrs 7 days a week
(between US 301 and the Beltway)

For more information on Maryland HOV lanes click here.

Virginia

HOV Lanes Location
Occupants Required
Hours of Operation
Dulles Toll Road
HOV-2
Eastbound 6:30 am – 9:00 am
Dulles Toll Road
HOV-2
 Westbound 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
I-66 Inside Beltway
HOV-2
Eastbound 6:30 am – 9:00 am
I-66 Inside Beltway
HOV-2
 Westbound 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
I-66 Outside Beltway
HOV-2
Eastbound 5:30 am – 9:30 am
I-66 Outside Beltway
HOV-2
 Westbound 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
I-95/I-395
HOV-3
  Northbound 6:00 am – 9:00 am
I-95/I-395
HOV-3
   Southbound 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
I-95 Express
 HOV-3*
24 hrs 7 days a week
I-495 Express
 HOV-3*
24 hrs 7 days a week

*HOV-3 traffic can use the I-95 and I-495 Express Lanes for free with an E-ZPass Flex set to HOV mode.

For more information on Virginia HOV lanes, including important hybrid rules, click here.

HOV Benefits:

• HOV lanes can save you up to 30 minutes each way.
• HOV lanes move more people in fewer vehicles, reducing the demand for new highways.
• HOV lanes increase the efficiency of existing highways.
• HOV lanes reduce the use of personal resources such as time, fuel, and money.
• HOV lanes benefit drivers of single-occupant vehicles by taking carpoolers out of general use lanes.