|The beltway near the Gallows Road exit, not during rush hour.|
Here are some more quick facts from the annual report by Transurban, the company operating the express lanes for the Virginia Department of Transportation:
- The toll price has ranged from 25 cents to $9.75. The average toll is $1.63.
- The busiest day was Sept. 12, 2013, with 47,303 trips.
- The three most popular express lanes trips are I-66 to I-495 north, the Springfield interchange to Route 267, and the Springfield interchange to I-495 north.
- 60 percent of beltway drivers report having an E-ZPass Flex.
- 58 percent of all express lane drivers are female, and 60 percent are younger than 45.
- Among the top reasons for using the express lanes, 68 percent of drivers said needed to reach a destination on time, 46 percent wanted to avoid congestion on the regular lanes, 30 percent wanted a reliable trip, and 30 percent wanted a less stressful trip.
- 59 percent of express lane users are from Virginia, 29 percent are from Maryland, and 12 percent are from D.C.
- The top vehicles on the express lane are Toyotas (17 percent), Hondas (15 percent), and Fords (8 percent).
- Average daily trips have risen from 18,594 in the quarter ending in December 2012 to 30,518 in the quarter ending in September 2013.
- Average workday trips have risen from 23,308 in the quarter ending in December 2012 to 37,574 in the quarter ending in September 2013.
- Total toll revenue has risen from $828,000 in the quarter ending in December 2012 to $4.76 million in the quarter ending in September 2013.