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Express Lanes

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Improving roadways is critical to meeting the transportation needs of Colorado, one of the top five fastest-growing states in the country.

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Using Express Lanes is easy and provides travelers more reliable, predictable travel times. Travelers are never forced to pay a toll.

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To use any Colorado Express Lanes, you will need an ExpressToll account and pass to avoid a higher toll. The Switchable HOV Transponder is the only pass that allows you to choose the carpool option.

Express Lanes Safety Tips

  • Speed limits apply to the Express Lanes as well as the general purpose lanes. Motorists should not exceed the posted speed limits when using the Express Lanes.
  • Express Lanes should be entered and exited through the dashed line only. Weaving in and out of the Express Lanes and crossing the double white line could result in a violation and up to $1,000 fine.
  • Express Lanes should NEVER be used as a passing lane. Express Lanes are offered next to the free general purpose lanes to provide drivers with a choice and an option of reliable travel time, but it’s not safe to use Express Lanes as a passing lane.
  • While it might be tempting to use the Switchable HOV Transponder to avoid paying tolls, it is important to remember there is enforcement on the roadway. Our local law enforcement officers are out on the corridors; violations could cost up to $250.

WHERE EXPRESS LANES ARE, AND WHERE THEY'LL BE

US 36 from Denver to Boulder

Central 70 from I-25 to Chambers Road

Central I-25 from Downtown Denver to US 36

North I-25 from 120th Avenue to E-470

I-25 South Gap: Monument to Castle Rock

C-470 from I-25 to Wadsworth Boulevard

I-70 from Idaho Springs to Empire

I-25 North from US 36 to 120th Avenue

I-25 North from Johnstown to Fort Collins

Express Lanes Master Plan


EXPRESS LANES TESTIMONIALS

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"It is so exciting to see the major components of this project on my daily commute... ."
— Debra Baskett

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"Although I was initially skeptical about the benefits of the US 36 Express Lanes project, I have been amazed at how this project has transformed our region."
— Frank Bruno

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"Now that I can use the whole stretch of the Express Lanes, I save over 40 minutes per day! I love the Express Lanes!"
— Meg Collins

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Do you have questions about your ExpressToll account?

Please call ExpressToll Customer Service at 303-537-3470, or 1-888-946-3470.

For information about Plenary Roads Denver, please visit Plenaryroadsdenver.com


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What are Express Lanes?

Express Lanes increase roadway capacity and help manage congestion on the highways. Rather than continuing to build lanes on congested highways, Express Lanes offer choice by allowing drivers to ride the bus, carpool, or pay a toll and use as a solo driver as an alternative to the free general-purpose lanes.

Express Lanes are built in addition to any existing general-purpose lanes, providing drivers the choice of a new, optional lane. Toll prices are set to manage traffic and have just the right amount of vehicles in the lane to provide a reliable, shorter travel time.

On some Express Lanes, tolls can change in price depending on the level of congestion. As traffic increases, the toll price goes up to make sure the lane remains a free-flowing alternative for travelers at all times. Conversely, the toll price will decrease when there is less traffic in the lane. Drivers will always be charged the amount on the overhead signage when they enter the Express Lane.

Express Lanes work to move more people rather than move more cars. By presenting choices, Express Lanes will reduce delays, manage congestion and keep travel times reliable for motorists.

Get a Pass

To use any Colorado Express Lanes, you will need an ExpressToll account and pass to save money and not pay the License Plate Toll. The Switchable HOV Transponder is the only pass that allows you to choose the carpool option and use the lanes for free. .

The Switchable HOV Transponder price is increasing to $18 starting June 5, 2019, due to the change in the way sales tax is calculated in Colorado. This price covers the cost of the device and the cost of shipping to you when you order one. The $18 is deducted from the $35 required to set up a new ExpressToll account, leaving a balance of $17 to be used on tolls. If you currently have an ExpressToll account, the $18 will be charged to your current account.

People who plan to only carpool in the lane (HOV purists) can get a transponder for free.

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If you choose not to use a pass, you will be billed through a License Plate Toll. A bill will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle and you will pay a higher rate based on how far you travel in the Express Lane.

You can go online to set up an ExpressToll account and get a pass. Passes are now available.

 Express Lanes on I-70 West in the mountains and C-470 will not include a "free" policy for HOV vehicles given that a majority of vehicles traveling in the corridor typically have more than one passenger.

Using the Lanes

Anyone can use Express Lanes; there are simply different ways to travel them. A traveler can choose to travel:

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Travelers are never forced to pay a toll and can always choose to travel in the adjacent free general-purpose lanes.


The Express Lanes are easy to use.

For carpooling, go online to order your Switchable HOV Transponder and find two friends, family members or coworkers to join you on your trip. Once you have three or more people in your car, slide the tab on your transponder to the red "HOV" mode, and you can use the Express Lanes for free.

If you plan to travel with fewer than three people, paying a toll won't slow you down. You can use either a Switchable HOV Transponder or your current ExpressToll Transponder or sticker pass. Simply switch your transponder to the green "TOLL" mode, enter the lane in the designated area, and you are on your way.

If you choose not to use the transponder, you will be billed through a License Plate Toll. A bill will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle and you will pay a higher toll rate based on how far you travel in the Express Lane.


* The I-70 Mountain Express Lane and C-470 Express Lanes do not include a "free" policy.


Pricing

  • Express Lanes use tolls to manage congestion and keep travel times reliable for all motorists.
  • Express Lanes will use a dynamic pricing system in which tolls can change in price depending on the level of congestion—say, during peak morning or evening traffic. As traffic increases, the toll price goes up, helping to keep you moving in the Express Lanes.
  • Toll prices will vary based on each corridor. Visit the toll rates page to view the latest toll prices for your corridor.
  • Overhead signs will tell you exactly how much your trip will cost if you choose to use the lanes and pay a toll.

HOV-only users

Switchable HOV Transponders are now available for free to drivers who travel in the I-25 and US 36 Express Lanes, and plan to only use those passes for carpooling!

Previously, the transponders cost $15 for all drivers, but CDOT and its High-Performance Transportation Enterprise made the change to make carpooling easier for those who are dedicated to that mode of travel.

  • Drivers who use any other Colorado tolled facilities—like the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, E-470 or Northwest Parkway, and C-470 in the future
  • Drivers who use their pass in toll mode on the US 36 and I-25 Express Lanes
  • Drivers who receive the free pass must drive in HOV mode at least once in the first six months after receiving it to maintain an HOV-Only account.
  • Drivers who do not use the free pass within six months, or who use the pass in toll mode or on a tolled Express Lane, such as the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, will be charged the cost of the Switchable HOV Transponder.
  • HOV-Only drivers must have a driver and at least two passengers to use the Express Lanes for free.

Questions

Contact ExpressToll online or at 303-537-3470.


Safety tips

  • Speed limits apply to the Express Lanes as well as the general purpose lanes. Motorists should not exceed the posted speed limits when using the Express Lanes.
  • Express Lanes should be entered and exited through the dashed line only. Weaving in and out of the Express Lanes and crossing the double white line could result in a violation and up to $1,000 fine.
  • Express Lanes should NEVER be used as a passing lane. Express Lanes are offered next to the free general purpose lanes to provide drivers with a choice and an option of reliable travel time, but it’s not safe to use Express Lanes as a passing lane.
  • While it might be tempting to use the Switchable HOV Transponder to avoid paying tolls, it is important to remember there is enforcement on the roadway. Our local law enforcement officers are out on the corridors; violations could cost up to $250.

I-25 North Express Lanes from US 36 to 120th

I-25 North Express Lanes: US 36 to 120th Avenue

The I-25 North Express Lanes currently are open between US 36 and 120th Avenue, running one lane in each direction, alongside general-purpose lanes. The US 36 Express Lanes connect to the reversible Central I-25 Express Lanes between US 36 and downtown Denver.

HOW TO USE

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Pay a toll, either as a solo driver, or as a driver and one passenger.

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HOV/Carpoolers must have an ExpressToll account and Switchable HOV transponder, as well as a driver plus two or more passengers to use for free.

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Motorcyclists can use the Express Lanes for free without a pass.

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Bus and other transit can travel in the Express Lanes.


CORRIDOR BASICS

  • Lanes are open 24/7, but connect to I-25 Central Express Lanes, which are reversible running to Denver in the morning and to Boulder in the afternoon. These lanes opened in March 2016, from 120th Avenue to existing I-25 Central Express Lanes in Denver, which end at US 36.
  • HOV/carpool, toll and transit options are available; motorcycles ride free.
  • Uses a dynamic pricing system in which tolls can change in price depending on the time of day.
  • Overhead signage indicate current toll prices. Tolls are collected through ExpressToll account or License Plate Toll.
  • Drivers can enter this section of the Express Lane in different locations between US 36 and 120th, but pay only the toll price once to use the North I-25 Express Lanes from US 36 to 120th Avenue.

I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins

I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins

Construction activities are planned, and these Express Lanes are expected to open in winter 2022.

HOW TO USE

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Pay a toll, either as a solo driver, or as a driver and one passenger.

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HOV/Carpoolers must have an ExpressToll account and Switchable HOV transponder, as well as a driver plus two or more passengers to use for free.

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Motorcyclists can use the Express Lanes for free without a pass.

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Bus and other transit can travel in the Express Lanes.

I-25 North Express Lanes: 120th Avenue to Northwest Parkway/E-470

I-25 North Express Lanes: 120th Avneue to Northwest Parkway/E-470

One lane will run in each direction between 120th Avenue and the Northwest Parkway/E-470, alongside general-purpose lanes, and connect with the I-25 North: US 36 to 120th Avenue Express Lanes. There are three entry/exit points, but drivers pay the toll price only once.

HOW TO USE

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Pay a toll, either as a solo driver, or as a driver and one passenger.

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HOV/Carpoolers must have an ExpressToll account and Switchable HOV transponder, as well as a driver plus two or more passengers to use for free.

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Motorcyclists can use the Express Lanes for free without a pass.

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Bus and other transit can travel in the Express Lanes.


CORRIDOR BASICS

  • Overhead signs indicate current toll prices. Tolls are collected through ExpressToll account or License Plate Toll.
  • Drivers can enter this section of the Express Lanes in different locations between 120th Avenue and the Northwest Parkway/E-470, but pay only the toll once to use I-25 North Express Lanes, similar to the section of I-25 from US 36 to 120th Avenue.

I-25 Central Express Lanes

Central I-25 Express Lanes

The I-25 Central Express Lanes are two reversible lanes between US 36 and downtown Denver, and are barrier-separated from the general-purpose lanes. Depending upon time of day, the I-25 Central Express Lanes in downtown Denver can connect to both the North I-25: US 36 to 120th Avenue Express Lanes and the US 36 Express Lanes.

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HOW TO USE

These lanes are reversible, running Denver-bound in the morning and Boulder or north in the afternoons. Overhead signage indicates if the lanes are open and the toll price.

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Pay a toll, either as a solo driver, or as a driver and one passenger.

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Drivers can carpool. HOV/Carpoolers must have an ExpressToll account and Switchable HOV transponder as well as a driver plus two or more passengers to use for free.

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Motorcyclists can use the Express Lanes for free without a pass.


CORRIDOR BASICS

The I-25 Central Express Lanes are two reversible lanes between US 36 and 20th Street in downtown Denver. To accomodate traffic volumes to and from downtown, the lanes are open in the southbound direction from 5 a.m. until 11 a.m. and northbound direction from noon until 3 a.m.

Travelers are never forced to pay a toll and can always choose to travel in the adjacent, free general-purpose lanes. The I-25 Central Express Lanes connect to the North I-25 Express Lanes (from US 36 to 120th Avenue) and US 36 Express Lanes (from Federal Boulevard to Table Mesa Drive in Boulder). The I-25 Central Express Lanes opened in June 2006.

  • Hours of Operation: These lanes are reversible:
    • Southbound travel is open 5-11 a.m.
    • Northbound travel is open noon - 3 a.m.
    • For weekends, the northbound lanes open from noon on Friday until 3 a.m. on Monday.
  • HOV, toll options are available; motorcycles ride free.
  • Uses a dynamic pricing system in which tolls can change in price depending on the time of day
  • Overhead signage indicate current toll prices. Tolls are collected through ExpressToll account or License Plate Toll.

C-470 Express Lanes

C-470 Express Lanes

The C-470 Express Lanes are along 12.5 miles of C-470 between I-25 and Wadsworth Boulevard.

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HOW TO USE

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Motorcycles can use Express Lanes where carpooling is not allowed. A pass and ExpressToll account are required to avoid higher tolls.

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Pay a toll, either as a solo driver, or as a driver and one passenger.


CORRIDOR BASICS

  • Lanes open 24/7
  • Toll only
  • Uses a dynamic pricing system in which tolls can change in price depending on the time of day
  • Overhead signage indicate current toll prices. Tolls are collected through ExpressToll account or License Plate Toll.

Central 70 Express Lanes

Central 70 Express Lanes

Central 70 Express Lanes are under construction along 10 miles of I-70, between I-25 and Chambers Road.

HOW TO USE


CORRIDOR BASICS

  • Lanes open 24/7
  • Overhead signs indicate current toll prices. Tolls are collected through ExpressToll account or License Plate Toll.

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FAQ

An Express Lane is a tolled lane on a highway that drivers can choose to use for a reliable, shorter travel time. Express Lanes are tolled and offered next to the free general purpose lanes. Some Express Lanes offer transit, free carpooling and motorcycle. Express Lanes are managed by CDOT and the High-Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE).

Colorado's population is expected to increase 47 percent to 7.8 million residents by 2040. Colorado can’t build its way out of congestion. As Colorado's population continues to grow, Express Lanes are a long-term solution to make sure drivers will be able to get where they are going, and get there on time. Also, Express Lanes offer mobility choices to drivers and commuters.

Because that new regular lane will be congested again in just a few years. Transportation planners have a technical term for this concept ("induced demand"). We've seen this before when we added a new regular lane to I-25 through the heart of Denver as part of the TREX project in 2009. When it first opened, everyone moved through that section reliably. But now, less than 10 years later, it's more congested than before.

Express Lanes are priced to have just the right amount of traffic in the lane to give that driver a reliable, shorter travel time for the price of a toll. The less traffic, the lower the price. As traffic increases, so does the toll to keep the Express Lane moving.

No. Taking the Express Lane is always a choice. You can always choose to use the adjacent, non-tolled regular lanes. Express Lanes can deliver more consistent, faster speeds and reduced travel times for the entire corridor, including the general purpose lanes. So everyone benefits.

No. CDOT builds Express Lanes to meet each community's needs, and after extensively planning. Some offer bus rapid transit, some allow free motorcycle and carpools with 3 or more people, and some only operate part of the time. But all offer a toll for a reliable, shorter travel time.

Not really. When you pay to fuel up your vehicle, a portion of the fuel tax goes to CDOT for us to maintain the roadways, plow the snow and build new regular lanes. If you choose to use an Express Lane, the fee you pay goes to pay for the operation and maintenance of the Express Lane itself and sometimes for construction of that lane.

CDOT currently has three Express Lanes

  1. US 36, from Boulder to Denver;
  2. I-25 from downtown Denver to 120th Avenue; and
  3. the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, on eastbound I-70, from Empire to Idaho Springs.

Four more Express Lanes are currently under construction (or will be this summer):

  1. I-25 from 120th Avenue to Northwest Parkway/E-470;
  2. I-70 between Brighton Boulevard and Chambers Road;
  3. C-470 from I-25 to Wadsworth; and
  4. I-25 from Johnstown to Fort Collins.

Yes! On CDOT's three Express Lane corridors, travelers in all lanes (including the regular lanes) see time savings of anywhere from 20 percent to 50 percent. Drivers in the regular lanes are getting to home and work faster because some of the other drivers are choosing to pay a toll and use and Express Lane.

Express Lanes can deliver faster speeds, and more consistent and reduced travel times for the entire corridor, including the non-tolled regular lanes.

We use a system called INRIX to determine travel times.

You always have a choice to use the Express Lane or the regular lane. You can also travel in some Express Lanes for free by motorcycle, as a carpooler with three or more people, or by using transit.

The High-Performance Transporation Enterprise Board of Directors establishes toll rates annually and communicates with the corridor communities on toll rate changes.

Probably. Express Lanes are how we help ensure folks will be able to have a reliable, shorter travel time as Colorado grows. While some Express Lanes can contribute funds to capital construction costs, not all do.

HOV 3+ is on CDOT Express Lanes that offer HOV and toll options:

  • US 36 Express Lanes; and
  • all the I-25 Express Lanes:
    • Central I-25;
    • North I-25 Express Lanes: From US 36 to 120th Avenue.

Any additional human in the car counts as a passenger. So yes, babies count.

In the HOV world, you count as one person. Once your baby is born, he or she will be considered an additional passenger.

No. To use the Express Lanes for free, you must have three or more people in your car. You also need to have a Switchable HOV Transponder, and have it in the HOV mode to use the Express Lanes for free.

Stay up to date on all the incentives by visiting our HOV 3+ page.

Currently, Colorado has a limited list of hybrid vehicles that can use Express Lanes for free. While the list is full, you can add your name to the waiting list.

All ExpressToll passes can be ordered online at expresstoll.com, or you can call the ExpressToll Service Center at 303-537-3470. The customer service team can help you decide what pass is right for you.

There is no charge for the ExpressToll sticker tag for your vehicle or motorcycle, but when you open an ExpressToll account, you are required to have a $35 prepaid balance. Your account can have more than one vehicle on it, too.

If you are planning to carpool and use the HOV Express Lanes for free, you need a Switchable HOV Transponder. The switchable transponder is the only transponder that allows you to choose the carpool/HOV option and use the lanes for free. This transponder costs $15.

When you open an ExpressToll account, you are required to have a $35 prepaid toll balance. It will automatically take out $15 for a transponder, leaving a $20 prepaid toll balance.

HOV purists (people who carpool only) can get transponders for free as long as they exclusively carpool. But if they use it in TOLL mode, their credit card will be charged the $15 cost of the transponder, the account balance for the tolls, as well as any tolls incurred.

The Switchable HOV Transponder allows drivers options to travel as a toll-paying driver or in free carpool mode (where available) as HOV 3+. The switchable transponder will cost $15, and if you do not already have an account, you will be required to set up one with ExpressToll with a $35 prepaid balance. After the purchase of your switchable transponder, your balance will then be $20 in your account to be used for tolls.

HOV purists—people who only use their transponders in HOV mode for six months, and never use toll mode—are eligible for reimbursements.

Gift card rebates were mailed to HOV purists through Sept. 11, 2016; accounts that became HOV purists after that date can proactively call ExpressToll to get their reimbursement.

Purists can get transponders for free, but if they use them in toll mode, their credit card or account will be charged for the transponder, the account balance for the tolls, as well as any tolls incurred.

If you purchase a transponder, you will have to pay $15 for the transponder and have the remaining $20 balance in your ExpressToll account (after putting down the $35 deposit).

Gift card rebates were mailed to HOV purists through Sept. 11, 2016; accounts that became HOV purists after that date can proactively call ExpressToll to get their reimbursement.

Purists can get transponders for free, but if they use them in toll mode, their credit card or account will be charged for the transponder, the account balance for the tolls, as well as any tolls incurred.

If you purchased a transponder before spring 2017, you must pay $15 for the transponder and have the remaining $20 balance in your ExpressToll account ( after putting down the $35 deposit.) Eligible purists who did not receive a reimbursement in fall 2016 can proactively call ExpressToll to get their reimbursement.

Purists can get transponders for free, but if they use them in toll mode, their credit card or account will be charged for the transponder, the account balance for the tolls, as well as any tolls incurred.

If you are visiting Colorado, make sure you plan ahead and know if you are going to use the Express Lanes.

  • If you are traveling by motorcycle, you don't need a pass to use CDOT's HOV Express Lanes for free.
  • If you are traveling by car, you need a Switchable HOV transponder and an ExpressToll account, as well as three or more people in your vehicle to use CDOT's HOV Express Lanes for free. If you accidentally take the Express Lanes without a pass, you will be billed through a License Plate Toll. A bill will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle, and you will pay a toll rate plus administrative charges. If you are driving a rental car, the bill will be sent to the rental car company and you will likely incur charges based on that company's policy.

To save money on tolls while in Colorado:

  • Set up an ExpressToll account and get a pass.
    Specifically ask for the Switchable HOV Transponder, a switchable pass that lets you change between the non-paying HOV mode when you carpool and the toll-paying mode when you travel alone.
  • Any pass acquired through ExpressToll can be used on all Colorado Express Lanes highways, but only the switchable one can be used for HOV

ExpressToll customers can add a rental car license plate number to their toll account. To ensure the tolls are properly billed to the account, a customer must add the vehicle to the account BEFORE driving on the toll road, and include a start and end date for when the car will drive the road.

Adding a rental plate to an ExpressToll account allows customers to pay the tolls only and avoid the additional administrative fees charged by rental car companies for driving in the Express Lanes. Rental vehicles not properly added to an account are billed through the rental car agency.

All major rental car agencies register their vehicles with ExpressToll. The rental car agency will bill the tolls to the customer based on the terms written in the rental agreement. In addition, rental car agencies may apply additional administrative fees for toll-road usage. Some rental car agencies equip their cars with a non-removeable ExpressToll transponder. If so, the customer is automatically opted-in to the rental agency's toll plan. Be sure to contact the rental car agency and ExpressToll directly BEFORE you go to travel.

If you are an HOV purist and received transponder for free, using it in toll mode will result in credit card or charges to your account for the transponder, the account balance for the tolls and any tolls incurred. If you have already purchased your Switchable HOV Transponder, your prepaid account balance will be charged the toll.

Yes. You can use the US 36 and I-25 Express Lanes for free. Motorcyclists do not need a sticker pass to use the US 36 and I-25 Express Lanes for free. However, if you use the I-70 Mountain Express Lane or E-470 and Northwest Parkway toll roads, we recommend getting a sticker pass to save money on tolls.

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Express Lanes News

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Toll rates to be set for I-25 North Express Lanes between 120th Avenue and E-470/Northwest Parkway Mar 04, 2020 11:40 AM
I-25 NORTH EXPRESS LANES BETWEEN 120TH AVENUE AND E-470/NORTHWEST PARKWAY ARE OPEN Feb 03, 2020 08:35 AM
HPTE launches safety campaign about driving in the Express Lanes Sep 16, 2019 08:07 AM
Community leaders celebrate start of I-25 North Berthoud-Johnstown improvements Sep 12, 2019 09:25 AM
CDOT Names Nick Farber as Director of High Performance Transportation Enterprise Aug 30, 2019 04:58 AM
CDOT completes traffic shift, opens eastbound lanes on US 36, a day ahead of schedule; emergency work continues Jul 16, 2019 03:00 AM
CDOT and HPTE Host Telephone Town Halls July 9-10 on the Express Lanes Master Plan Jul 01, 2019 06:53 AM
I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins Project upcoming closures slated for May; Public meeting April 17 Apr 09, 2019 06:12 AM
Next phase of work to begin on the I-25 North Express Lane Project Mar 22, 2019 06:21 AM
Emergency closure of eastbound C-470 to northbound E-470 Jan 25, 2019 07:34 AM
CANCELLED THIS WEEKEND DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER - Overnight C-470 lane closures WB C-470 closure Jan. 18 and I-25 ramp closures to C-470 Jan. 19 Jan 18, 2019 01:17 AM
Upcoming overnight closures of northbound and southbound I-25 ramps to westbound C-470 Jan 04, 2019 01:56 AM
Eastbound C-470 Closures from Quebec to I-25 Rescheduled for Nov. 2 & 16 Oct 29, 2018 03:08 AM
Eastbound C-470 Closed Overnight Oct. 26 & Nov. 2 from Quebec Street to I-25 Oct 19, 2018 09:08 AM
Dynamic Pricing Update for US 36 & I-25 Express Lanes Sep 20, 2018 04:06 AM
Expect I-25 Closures Sept. 16-21 from 104th to 136th Avenues for Emergency Repairs Sep 13, 2018 06:43 AM
Gov. Hickenlooper Leads Groundbreaking for I-25 North Express Lanes Sep 10, 2018 10:12 AM
I-25 North Express Lanes Construction to Begin Sept. 9 Sep 04, 2018 03:00 AM
CDOT, CSP & HPTE Collaborate to Increase Safety Along I-25 North Express Lanes Aug 28, 2018 10:15 AM
Study Projects Lowest Tolls in the State for I-25 South Gap Express Lanes Aug 15, 2018 10:58 AM
CSP Increases Safety Enforcement Along I-70 Mountain Express Lane Aug 09, 2018 11:36 AM
Highline Canal Trail Underpass at C-470 Closes for Three Months Starting Aug. 8 Aug 06, 2018 03:47 AM
C-470 Closed from Broadway to Lucent Boulevard Overnight Aug. 1 & 2 for Flooding Mitigation Jul 31, 2018 09:51 AM
Expect Overnight Closure of Eastbound C-470 from Quebec to I-25/E-470 Jul 24, 2018 08:58 AM
Six-Week Closure of Westbound C-470 off-ramp Dedicated Right Turn Onto Broadway Starts July 19 Jul 12, 2018 08:46 AM
CDOT Announces Next Steps for I-25 South Gap Project Jul 05, 2018 06:56 AM
10-Week Right-Lane Closure on Eastbound C-470 Begins July 3 Jun 27, 2018 05:14 AM
HPTE Board Approves Toll Adjustments for US 36 and I-25 Express Lanes Jun 22, 2018 03:43 AM
Two-Week Closure of Mary Carter Trail at C-470 Begins in mid-June Jun 12, 2018 04:07 AM
Expect C-470 Closures June 10-14 and June 17-18 from I-25 and E-470 to Yosemite Street Jun 07, 2018 10:34 AM

New Procedures for Motorcycles and Carpoolers

Details on Motorcyclists in HOV lanes


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Learn more about new procedures for motorcyclists in HOV lanes.

The High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are in the process of creating new procedures for motorcycles and carpoolers (HOV) who use HOV Express Lanes, which includes US 36 Express Lanes, Central I-25 Express Lanes and North I-25 Express Lanes (opening this summer). These new procedures will not impact the I-70 Mountain Express Lanes, Northwest Parkway or E-470.

Background

On April 21, 2016, then-CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt announced during a committee hearing of the House Transportation and Energy Committee that CDOT and HPTE would begin changing their procedures for High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Express Lanes. It was discussed that a system change of this magnitude would take at least 10 months once contracted with its tolling back office provider.

Current Procedures are Still in Effect.

  • Motorcycles still need an ExpressToll account with a sticker to use the HOV lanes for free.
  • Users of the I-25 and/or US 36 Express Lanes still need an active ExpressToll account with a Switchable HOV Transponder to use the lanes for free in HOV mode.
  • Customers still need to purchase the Switchable HOV Transponder to use the I-25 and/or US 36 Express Lanes for free in HOV mode.

Proposed Future Procedures

  • Motorcycles will no longer be required to have a transponder to use CDOT's HOV Express Lanes for free.*
  • CDOT will offer the Switchable HOV Transponder for free to drivers who are planning to carpool ONLY in CDOT’s HOV Express Lanes.**
  • Drivers who have already purchased a Switchable HOV Transponder and have ONLY used it in carpool mode will be reimbursed.**
  • Rebates will not be distributed to those customers eligible for the rebate until all system updates are complete.

*Express or Toll lanes that do not allow HOV vehicles for free (E-470, Northwest Parkway, I-70 Mountain Express Lane) will still require a pre-paid toll balance and a transponder in order to avoid higher license plate toll charges.

**If drivers choose this option and use the transponder in “toll” mode on HOV Express Lanes or on E-470, the Northwest Parkway or the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, a credit card on file will be charged for the cost of the transponder and the pre-paid toll balance to open an ExpressToll account.

CDOT, HPTE and ExpressToll are working together to create a timeline for the implementation of these changes. This is a process and will take time to implement. CDOT and ExpressToll will continue to communicate updates with the public as they become available.


Want to get updates?

Visit CDOT's Express Lanes website for the most recent updates. You may also sign up for email alerts. You can contact the ExpressToll Service Center at [email protected], or 303-537-3470 at any time to discuss your account.

Express Lane Videos & Survey

The link address is: http://cdotexpresslanes.info/

What are Express Lanes?

Express Lanes increase roadway capacity and help manage congestion on the highways. Rather than continuing to build lanes on congested highways, Express Lanes offer choice by allowing drivers to ride the bus, carpool, or pay a toll and use as a solo driver as an alternative to the free general-purpose lanes.

Express Lanes are built in addition to any existing general-purpose lanes, providing drivers the choice of a new, optional lane. Toll prices are set to manage traffic and have just the right amount of vehicles in the lane to provide a reliable, shorter travel time.

On some Express Lanes, tolls can change in price depending on the level of congestion. As traffic increases, the toll price goes up to make sure the lane remains a free-flowing alternative for travelers at all times. Conversely, the toll price will decrease when there is less traffic in the lane. Drivers will always be charged the amount on the overhead signage when they enter the Express Lane.

Express Lanes work to move more people rather than move more cars. By presenting choices, Express Lanes will reduce delays, manage congestion and keep travel times reliable for motorists.

I-25 Express Lanes

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