Travel Free on the 495 Express Lanes – This Weekend Only!

Friends and neighbors,

I wanted to make sure you’re aware of a new program from the 495 Express Lanes happening this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday, area drivers can practice using the Express Lanes for free. The free weekend program is part of an educational campaign and encourages Beltway drivers to familiarize themselves with the new travel option on the Beltway.

For this weekend only – April 6 and 7 – they are also lifting the E-ZPass® requirement. In fact, even if drivers do have an E-ZPass in their vehicle during their trip on the Express Lanes, they won’t be charged a toll.

During the free weekend, drivers can check out their commute to the office and try new exits in Merrifield and Tysons to visit popular retail and dining destinations with friends and family.

For travelers who haven’t yet tried the 495 Express Lanes because they don’t have an E-ZPass or are unsure about the entry and exit points, this weekend is a good time to see how they could benefit from the Express Lanes.

To ensure safe travels, 495 Express Lanes encourages all drivers to go to to map their route and learn about the Express Lanes signage before they take their first trip. It’s also important to note that vehicles with more than two axles are still prohibited during the free weekend.

After April 7, the rules of the 495 Express Lanes will be back in effect. Travelers will need an E-ZPass and tolls will be charged. More information is available at:

Have a safe and happy weekend!



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