HOV Lanes

HOV, or High Occupancy Vehicle lanes are available to ridesharers on Interstates 66, 95 and 395 and on Route 267 (the Dulles Toll Road) in Fairfax County. Vehicles must have a minimum number of occupants to travel on these lanes during peak commuting hours. Since vehicle occupancy is restricted in the HOV lanes, traffic moves faster than in the regular traffic lanes.

For HOV-2, there must be at least two people in the car. The minimum requirement for HOV-3 is three people.

HOV Times and Occupancy Requirements


HOV-2: Far left lane, between Manassas Route 234 and I-495 (outside the Capital Beltway)

  • Eastbound 5:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Westbound 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

HOV-2: Both lanes between I-495 and Washington, D.C. (inside the Capitol Beltway); eastbound non-HOV traffic must exit onto I-495

  • Eastbound 6:30 - 9am
  • Westbound 4 - 6:30pm

I-95 & I-395 HOV lanes

HOV-3: Separate median lanes from Washington, D.C. to Dumfries

  • Northbound 6 - 9am
    • Open to all traffic: 9-11am, Fridays 9-10am, 4pm Sat. - 6am Mon.
    • Closed: 11am - 1pm, Fridays 10am - Noon, Saturday 2 - 4pm
  • Southbound 3:30 - 6pm
    • Open to all Traffic: 1 - 3:30pm, 6-9pm, Fridays Noon-3:30pm , 6pm Fri. - 2pm Sat
    • Closed: 9 - 11pm, 2 - 4pm Sat.

Dulles Toll Road

HOV-2: Far left lane

  • Eastbound 6:30 - 9:00 am
  • Westbound 4:00 - 6:30 pm

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