I-66 Express Lanes open, but not without costing solo riders big bucks

FILE -- E-ZPass. (MGN Online)

Express Lanes inside the Beltway opened on Interstate 66 Monday, but not without costing solo riders a pretty penny.

According to the Express Lanes mobile App, riders were charged an estimated $26.25 going eastbound from the Beltway to Washington at 7:36 a.m.

Check prices on the I-66 Express Lanes:

Check prices on the I-95 & I-495 Express Lanes:

Others reported estimated charges as high as $28.50.

In addition, rush hours were expanded to 5:30 until 9:30 a.m. eastbound and 3 to 7 p.m. westbound Monday thru Friday. Drivers will not be charged when taking the interstate outside of these hours.

Important to note, this entire section of the interstate is Express Lanes only, and requires an E-ZPass to avoid a toll during the rush hours. Drivers traveling with more than one person in their vehicle can travel for free with an E-ZPass Flex in the HOV mode.

Without an E-ZPass all drivers will be charged the toll.

Click here to purchase an E-ZPass.

During the evening rush hour, the prices to go the whole length of 66 inside the Beltway westbound didn’t go nearly as high as the morning.

Most of the time the price hovered between six and nine dollars, but for a brief period around 6:15 p.m. the price jumped to $12.50 for the whole nine miles.

This story has been updated.

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