95 Express is an innovative alternative to traditional highway construction, offering a variety of travel options to increase trip time reliability. The project combines tolling, transit, travel-demand management, and technology to increase people-moving capabilities to meet current and future travel demands. Dynamic congestion-based tolling increases highway efficiency and encourages travel during off peak hours. 95 Express Phases 1 & 2 also offer toll exemptions for hybrid vehicles and those who choose to register for 3+ carpools or South Florida Vanpool.
95 Express is opening in several phases:
• Phase 1 and Phase 2 are open and run in both directions between I-395/SR 836 in Miami-Dade County and Broward Boulevard in Broward County.
• Phase 3 construction began in early 2016 and will extend the express lanes from Broward Boulevard in Broward County to Linton Boulevard in Palm Beach County.
The Florida Department of Transportation is implementing 95 Express in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Planning Organizations of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, Miami-Dade and Broward County Transit, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, and South Florida Commuter Services.
The HOV lanes no longer offer reliable travel; by converting to express lanes, the Florida Department of Transportation is able to considerably increase the people-moving capacity of I-95 by:
• Adding a new lane in each direction where feasible in most locations along the corridor.
• Implementing dynamic, congestion-based pricing and incentives for ride-sharing and traveling during off-peak hours.
• Establishing reliable 95 Express Bus operations.
95 Express provides choices for more consistent and dependable travel throughout the day, particularly during peak travel times. To help meet increasing demand, FDOT explored innovative congestion management strategies to deliver cost-effective improvements in a shorter amount of time than traditional widen-only construction projects. Additionally, the introduction of Express Bus service on I-95 has created a popular option for commuters to enjoy the efficiency of the express lanes through a low-cost alternative to driving.
95 Express lanes are separated from general use lanes by a barrier of flexible, orange plastic poles.
Click here to view a map of all entry and exit points along 95 Express.
95 Express is designed for longer trips. Entrances and exits are limited to improve traffic flow by reducing the number of vehicles changing lanes in and out of the facility. These locations were determined by studies of traffic conditions and volume at various entry/exit locations.
Trucks with two axles are allowed in the express lanes as toll-paying vehicles. Trucks with three or more axles are not allowed in the 95 Express lanes unless they are designated as emergency vehicles responding to specific incidents.