Benefits of using the 95 express lanes
In 2009, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) began a project on I-95 to provide new and enhanced carpooling and commuting options for motorists referred to as the 95 Express Lanes. The lanes were developed by converting the former High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane into two toll lanes. The expansion of the express lanes will span from Broward Boulevard in Broward County to I-395/SR 836 in Miami-Dade County.
Who Can Use the Lanes?
Any commuter who has a SunPass transponder or mini tag will have access to the lanes by paying a toll. Tolls fluctuate throughout the day and at different times of the year based on the level of traffic and congestion in the lanes. For more information on the toll systems, fee ranges, and other questions you can check out www.95express.com. Some commuters can have access to these new lanes free of charge if they meet certain criteria. The following users are able to use the 95 Express lanes toll-free:
- Carpools with three or more occupants that are registered with South Florida Commuter Services
- Hybrid vehicles registered with South Florida Commuter Services
- South Florida vanpools
- Miami-Dade and Broward County Express Bus and transit buses
- Over-the-road motor coach vehicles registered with South Florida Commuter Services
What happens after registration?
Registration is necessary to use the lanes without incurring toll charges if you are a 3+ carpool or hybrid vehicle driver. Once you are registered, you get a “95 Express” decal that you must display in the front windshield of the registered vehicle(s). A letter of enrollment verifying that you are signed up as a toll-free user will also be sent to you. This letter should be kept in the glove box of your vehicle at all times. Every day new lists of registered vehicles are updated, so in order to avoid any tolls or fees, you must keep your registration up-to-date. You can visit the 1800234ride.com for more information on registering your toll-free vehicle.
Points to remember
- 95 Express Lanes are currently fully functional in Miami-Dade County from the Golden Glades interchange to downtown Miami.
- Entry onto the expressway is allowed at designated points and is separated from the rest of the highway by a barrier.
- Tolls are collected electronically using a SunPass transponder.
- Tolls are based on how many cars are using the lanes at any given point and time. The amounts of the tolls will be displayed before the entrances onto the expressway.
- Toll free users have to be registered with South Florida Commuter Services or they will face tolls and other fees.
- Using the 95 Express Lanes can help cut down on commute times.
- Registered users can take advantage of the faster commute free of charge, thus helping save money on their commutes day in and day out.
- Carpool groups of three or more can save even more money by registering and using the express lanes.