Chances are you know you'll need an E-ZPass® for the new Express Lanes opening later this year. Now's the time to get one.
To help things along, this summer there is a three-month car giveaway contest designed to accelerate the adoption of E-ZPass and the new E-ZPass® Flex℠ among Northern Virginia. The winner will custom-design his or her own MINI from Passport MINI of Alexandria.
To enter the contest, participants must register their valid E-ZPass on the 495 Express Lanes website by August 31, 2012. Drivers who do not currently have an E-ZPass can visit the website to learn where to get one, register on the Express Lanes website and enter to win the contest -- complete rules and regulations are available on site.
The MINI giveaway is part of an educational campaign to prepare Virginia Beltway travelers for the new travel option on the 495 Express Lanes, providing a faster, more predictable trip on the Capital Beltway in Virginia. To keep traffic moving at free flowing speeds, all drivers will need an E-ZPass to use the Express Lanes –- there are no toll booths or options to pay cash.
Carpoolers will need the new E-ZPass Flex to ensure a toll-free trip on the Express Lanes. The E-ZPass Flex will allow drivers to select toll-paying or HOV mode by sliding a switch on the bottom of the device. The E-ZPass Flex can be used to pay tolls on any facility that accepts E-ZPass, regardless of the position of the switch.
Toll-paying drivers can use a regular E-ZPass or the new Flex set to toll-paying mode to pay their toll electronically at highway speed.
Tolls for the Express Lanes will be dynamic, meaning they will change periodically based on real-time traffic conditions to keep the lanes free flowing. Toll rates will be displayed on electronic message signs in advance of each entrance to the Express Lanes, and drivers will have ample time to decide whether to take the Express Lanes or use the regular Beltway lanes.
Been putting off getting your E-ZPass? Now’s the time to get it, enter to win the Mini and start planning your Express Lanes route.
For more information about the E-ZPass and E-ZPass Flex, visit www.495expresslanes.com/using-ezpass.