How to Use HOT Lanes

Wondering if you need to upgrade to the new Flex Pass?

SR 167 drivers will only need to upgrade to a Flex Pass if they want to travel free as a carpool on the I-405 Express Toll Lanes between Bellevue and Lynnwood. To use the I-405 express toll lanes as a carpool, you must have an active Good To Go! account and use a Flex Pass in HOV mode.

If you are an existing Good To Go! customer with a switchable pass, you can get a free upgrade to a Flex Pass. Switchable passes will continue to work on SR 167 for now, but we encourage you to upgrade to a Flex Pass since it may be required on the SR 167 HOT lanes in the future. If you have a switchable pass, please contact us to get a free Flex Pass as a replacement.

Solo drivers must have a Good To Go! pass 

Drivers who want to use the SR 167 HOT lanes as a solo driver must have a pass in the vehicle and have an active Good To Go! account. Carpools, vanpools and transit do not need a Good To Go! account and may use the lanes as HOV lanes at no charge.

Watch the signs on the road

Transit, carpools and toll-paying solo drivers may enter and exit the HOT lane at any point across the single white line. An electronic sign displays the current toll price at each location. Solo drivers pay one toll per trip for the amount displayed when they first enter the HOT lane and if the toll rate signs switch to HOV only, they are allowed to stay. Please note that solo drivers must exit the southbound HOT lane before 37th Street Northwest at all times, as it transitions to an HOV lane.

Disable the Good To Go! pass when you carpool in the HOT lane

If you need to use the HOT lanes as a solo driver and sometimes have passenger(s) with you, the Flex Pass is best suited for you. The Flex Pass can be set to "HOV" or "TOLL" mode depending on the number of people in the car. Visit the Good To Go! passes page to learn more about other options. If you have a switchable pass, please contact us to get a free Flex Pass as a replacement.

Motorcycles in the HOT lane

Motorcyclists with a Good To Go! Pass affixed to their headlight do not need to shield the pass. Riders must contact the customer service center and ensure their vehicle and pass are flagged in the HOT lanes system as a motorcycle. The system is then able to filter out pass reads for motorcycles.

Hours of operation

The SR 167 HOT lanes operate between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. seven days a week. Overnight from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the HOT lanes are open to all drivers. No passes are necessary and no tolls are charged during the overnight period.

Where to enter

Drivers may enter and exit the HOT lanes nearly anywhere along the corridor. In most places, HOT lanes are separated by a single white line which may be crossed over at any time. This is different than the I-405 express toll lanes which are separated by double white lines which are illegal to cross. 

Read more about how to access the SR 167 HOT Lanes