WASHINGTON – With the 495 Express Lanes’ one-year anniversary in the dust, more information is being released about who uses the roadway and what drivers are paying — however, the numbers show there are still fewer vehicles on the road than first anticipated.
Although the Express Lanes have served more than 1 million unique customers from all 50 states, there were still fewer vehicles in the lanes than projected before the opening in November 2012, according to information released by Transurban, which operates the lanes.
There were 41,327 average workday trips for the month of December — excluding the Christmas and New Year’s vacation weeks. December’s numbers were a 4 percent increase from the month of September.
Below is a look at the usage numbers the last several quarters: