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.