495 Express Lanes free for one week during off-peak hours

WASHINGTON — To save a few minutes off on their commute through Virginia, many travelers pay to use the 495 Express Lanes. Now, commuters can get a free week of rides in the fast lanes.

By registering on the 495 Express Lanes website users can spend the week of Sept. 22 riding toll free in the lanes.

Thomas Williams of Rockville, Maryland says he is willing to try it for a week during his daily commute along the beltway in Virginia.

“Anything that is a bargain, I will give it a try.”

During the week of the promotion, the free hours go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which means rush hours will still cost.

Jay McKittrick of Washington, D.C. says he may try it. But when it isn’t free, it is cheaper to take the slow lanes.

“There wouldn’t be any situation where I need to do it greatly enough that it would pay off for me,” he said.

The promotion to ride free comes during the lunch hours and several restaurants will be teaming up with 495 Express Lanes to offer deals during the free times.

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