Free rides on Express Lanes this weekend

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Local,Liz Essley,Metro and Traffic

Drivers can try out the 495 Express Lanes for free this weekend.

The lanes won't charge a toll or require an E-ZPass Saturday and Sunday, officials announced this week.

The move is part of an educational campaign to teach people how to use the lanes, a spokeswoman said.

The company that operates the lanes, Transurban, recently kicked off a new advertising campaign to promote the lanes online, in print and on the radio.

Officials said the new campaign wasn't related to the $11.3 million the lanes lost in their first six weeks of operation.

lessley@washingtonexaminer.com

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Liz Essley

Staff Writer - Transportation
The Washington Examiner