by Robert thompson, December 29, 2015 The Washington Post
Tolling began one year ago Tuesday on 95 Express Lanes, yet their full impact on the D.C. region’s transportation system isn’t apparent yet.
So far, the high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes are performing pretty much as billed. They provide a quicker and more reliable trip for toll payers and for carpoolers than do the regular lanes along 29 miles of Interstate 95 between the far southern suburbs of Stafford County and the spot just inside the Capital Beltway where they link with the I-395 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes for the remaining eight miles to the D.C. line.
The vehicles most likely to be found in what are often derided as “Lexus Lanes” are Toyotas, Hondas and Fords. According to a study for Transurban, the company that operates the express lanes on I-95 as well as on the Capital Beltway, Lexus drivers account for 3 percent of the traffic. [LINK note: 29 percent of vehicles in the express lanes are not included in the top ten makes listed in the survey.]
View the infographic presentation of survey results
Based on an online survey of 1,700 drivers in the Washington, D.C. metro area conducted by KRC Research in September 2015