66 Express Lanes collect more than $6 million in tolls during first 4 months of operations | The Washington Post

The peak-direction, rush-hour toll lanes operate on a dynamic pricing system, meaning the toll fluctuates based on demand, traffic and speed.

There were about 13,656 vehicle trips per day eastbound between 5:30 and 9:30 a.m., and 16,447 vehicle trips per day westbound between 3 and 7 p.m., according to VDOT’s latest performance report. Nearly 44 percent of all trips were carpools – which use the lanes free.

The average price for a round trip (a.m. and p.m. averages combined) was $12.65; $8.19 was the average price for eastbound trips and $4.46 was the average price for westbound trips, the state said.

While tolls that topped $47 made headlines, VDOT said only 674 trips — out of 581,672 total– had tolls of $40 or more.

Still on Monday, Transportation Secretary Shannon Valentine said VDOT will adjust the pricing algorithm on system in an effort to lower tolls, answering to demands from lawmakers and commuters who have been stunned by the price to drive the 10-mile stretch from the Capital Beltway to the District line.

The state will be testing various options, including lowering the target travel speed from 55 mph to allow more cars to enter the lanes and possibly bring down toll prices, Valentine said.

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