Commuter Options

Form Your HOV-3+ Carpool Now and Earn Up To $366 Per Person

The new I-66 Express Lanes will be free for HOV-3+ carpools when the new 22+ miles of lanes open between Gainesville and I-495 in late 2022. This change from HOV-2+ to HOV-3+ will also include the current I-66 Express Lanes Inside the Beltway.

VDOT and the region’s Commuter Connections program have partnered to offer an incentive of up to $366 per person for new HOV-3+ carpools traveling in the I-66 corridor. The program is available now and will pay each participant a cash reward following three months of carpooling, regardless of whether they are a driver or passenger and whether it is a new carpool or an existing HOV-2+ carpool adding a third person. Learn more about the Pool Rewards program and sign up here.

This HOV change will establish consistent requirements across Northern Virginia’s Express Lanes network on I-66, I-95, I-495, and I-395, providing seamless, reliable travel for carpool, vanpool, and commuter bus travelers.

Transform Your Trip While We Transform 66

Major roadway construction means several years of lane shifts, temporary lane closures, and other traffic challenges. The construction team will do its best to minimize the impact of activities on traffic, but drivers should expect to find additional traffic congestion and safety challenges throughout the I-66 corridor both during rush hour and off-peak trips. VDOT and the project team have invested in a broad range of programs to help commuters and others stay mobile and safe during construction. Learn more below.


Taking the bus on I-66 during construction is more affordable with half price bus fares.

  • Half-price fares are available on Omniride I-66 bus routes from Gainesville and Manassas.
  • Ride for $1 on select Fairfax Connector bus routes that operate on I-66 with access to the Vienna Metro 

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Vanpooling with other commuters traveling on I-66 is more affordable and a great way to reduce stress on your commute! Riders in new vanpools of five or more riders pay only $150 per month for the first 12 months. Keep in mind that vanpool incentives will only be available for 90 days after the opening of the Express Lanes.

The Transform 66 Vanpool Program can make your commute on I-66 much easier. Find out how by contacting our Transform 66 vanpool experts to locate or join a vanpool on I-66 Outside the Beltway. Contact Theresa McMullin by phone: 703-969-7712, or email: theresa.mcmullin@transform66vanpool.org.



The region’s Commuter Connections’ Pool Rewards program usually provides up to $130 for new carpoolers through a trip-tracking process. Beginning in August 2022, commuters who start a three-person carpool on I-66 can receive an additional $236 cash reward for a total of $366 per person after three months. Get started!



Avoid commuting altogether by working remotely or teleworking. Check with your employer to learn about telework options. For employers interested in establishing a telework program, Virginia’s Telework!VA program provides technical advice, on-site assistance, and financial incentives. 


All travel options are eligible for Commuter Connections’ Guaranteed Ride Home program. 

Local Support
Local governments across Virginia have their own long-standing programs and expertise helping employers and residents with their commutes. In Northern Virginia, that includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties.

Know Before You Go
Staying informed about construction and knowing about planned lane closures and traffic changes ahead of time are the best tools available for staying mobile during construction. Travelers are encouraged to look for construction information:

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