DENVER (CBS4)– Access to express lanes in the Denver metro area are changing this summer and it could save drivers a lot of money.
“Getting a pass is the most important things someone can do,” said Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Megan Castle.
CDOT is urging drivers to “Get the Pass” a $15 transponder that switches between “Toll” and “HOV” which allows carpools to bypass the toll or drivers to pay a toll without an additional surcharge.
In just a few weeks, CDOT launches the newest express lanes in Colorado, along Highway 36 between Broomfield and Denver.
“Basically between $2 and $7 with a pass. It’s underscoring the need that everyone needs a pass,” said Castle.
During the peak commute times in the morning, with a pass, the toll can be as much as $7.60 from Broomfield into Denver. The price will change throughout the day and based on traffic volume.
The idea of the express lane is to have at least one lane in each direction open and flowing.
“There will be carpooling, there will be bus, rapid transit with RTD and there will be reliable travel time for solo drivers and there will be carpoolers who can travel for free,” said Castle.
Carpoolers will still need to get a new pass which costs $15. The new pass won’t only be good for Highway 36 but will also work on Interstate 25 express lanes when they are added between Highway 36 and 120th Avenue by early 2016.