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Old 08-15-2009, 10:26 PM
 
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Can anyone tell me whats the situation with the highways during rush hour in DC. I heard somewhere that some highways are all HOV during the mornings. Does anyone know which highways and what times and in what direction. I am coming in from Dulles into DC, is 495 South/East going to be in that situation? Wanted to get a heads up before I get a ticket from the trooper.

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Old 08-16-2009, 03:04 AM
 
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No, you shouldn't have a problem, as there is a road that runs straight from the airport to the beltway, no tolls at all (but don't speed, the police that patrol that road are ruthless!). The only issue is going to be when you exit off the airport road to take the Beltway, as there is usually a long line during rush hour. The only time you would have to worry about getting a ticket would be if you were to take the airport road all the way into I-66 Eastbound, which is HOV-2 during the morning rush. If I remember correctly, the HOV times are from 6:30 am to 9am, but after that I-66 becomes a parking lot.
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:33 AM
 
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Also, if you are going to take I-495 to I-395 to actually go into DC you will just want to avoid the I-395 Northbound HOV lanes. They are dedicated lanes for HOV and you should have no problems avoiding them. I-395 also has three "regular" lanes (non-HOV) to take you into DC in the morning.
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Can anyone tell me whats the situation with the highways during rush hour in DC. I heard somewhere that some highways are all HOV during the mornings. Does anyone know which highways and what times and in what direction. I am coming in from Dulles into DC, is 495 South/East going to be in that situation? Wanted to get a heads up before I get a ticket from the trooper.

Thanks.
Are you coming in from Dulles Airport, or just the Dulles area? If you're not coming from the airport, you'll be taking VA-267, which is the Dulles Toll Road. The left lane eastbound is HOV-2 from 6:30am-9:00am (and westbound, from 4:00pm-6:30pm).

Here is a list of all HOV conditions in the metro DC area: CommuterPage.com HOV Routes and Hours.
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:12 AM
 
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If you are coming in to DC from Dulles Airport you best way is to take the Dulles Access Road (no tolls) and then I-66 into DC. I-66 is all HOV from 6:30 am to 9:00 but there is an exemption for traffic from Dulles Airport.
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:57 AM
 
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If you are coming in to DC from Dulles Airport you best way is to take the Dulles Access Road (no tolls) and then I-66 into DC. I-66 is all HOV from 6:30 am to 9:00 but there is an exemption for traffic from Dulles Airport.
Wow! That is very nifty! I didn't even realize that!
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Old 08-16-2009, 08:42 AM
 
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If you are coming in to DC from Dulles Airport you best way is to take the Dulles Access Road (no tolls) and then I-66 into DC. I-66 is all HOV from 6:30 am to 9:00 but there is an exemption for traffic from Dulles Airport.
Wow, I am a native here and never knew that. I thought the only exemption was on the toll road. I thought once you got on I-66 the laws applied to all.
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:56 AM
 
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Are you coming in from Dulles Airport, or just the Dulles area? If you're not coming from the airport, you'll be taking VA-267, which is the Dulles Toll Road. The left lane eastbound is HOV-2 from 6:30am-9:00am (and westbound, from 4:00pm-6:30pm).

Here is a list of all HOV conditions in the metro DC area: CommuterPage.com HOV Routes and Hours.
I am actually coming in from Dulles Airport via a red eye (landing around 7 AM). Planning on heading to my hotel in Alexandria South on Richmond Hwy. Fom there I am going into DC. I just might wait till traffic dies down from the hotel before heading in.

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Old 08-16-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Springfield VA
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No, you shouldn't have a problem, as there is a road that runs straight from the airport to the beltway, no tolls at all (but don't speed, the police that patrol that road are ruthless!). The only issue is going to be when you exit off the airport road to take the Beltway, as there is usually a long line during rush hour. The only time you would have to worry about getting a ticket would be if you were to take the airport road all the way into I-66 Eastbound, which is HOV-2 during the morning rush. If I remember correctly, the HOV times are from 6:30 am to 9am, but after that I-66 becomes a parking lot.
Now I have a coworker out in Fair Lakes who comes in at 6:30 (shaves 20 minutes off her commute one way) and takes 66 but I could've sworn I saw a sign that said 5:30 but I keep hearing that it's 6:30-9am like you said. I can't possibly get up that early. I live two exits down from Fair Lakes off 123 and just do 50 to 495 to 395 although it would be nice if I could use 66.
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Old 08-16-2009, 10:06 AM
 
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Wow! That is very nifty! I didn't even realize that!
How do you get exempt....is it because the road from the airport is different than local traffic going into I66
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