95 Express is an innovative, lower-cost alternative to traditional highway construction that offers a variety of options to increase trip time reliability. The project combines four proven transportation techniques which are: tolling, transit, travel-demand management and technology to increase the people-moving capability capacity of the highway to meet travel demands today and in the future. The dynamic tolling feature promotes an increases in highway efficiency and encourages travel in off-peak times. Ride-sharing incentives offer a toll-free option for those who chose to travel in registered carpool and van pools. Both of these measures, combined with the Bus-Rapid Transit (BRT) service reduce the number of cars in on the road during peak travel periods and enhance travel speeds for all drivers on the highway. Despite increased traffic volumes, recent figures show that travel speeds increased by 200 percent on the local lanes and by 300 percent on the express lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions, while transit usage increased by 145 percent compared to before launch.
Phase 1 is open and runs northbound on I-95 from just north of I-395/SR-836 to the Golden Glades area just north of NW 151st Street in Miami-Dade County. Southbound, the project runs on I-95 from just south of Miami Gardens Drive/NW 186th Street to just north of I-395/SR-836.
Phase 2 will extend the express lanes to provide a continuous facility between I-395/SR-836 in Miami-Dade County and Broward Boulevard in Broward County. The project began construction in November 2011 with a tentative completion date of late 2014
Continue north on I-95 via the flyover to Broward County
Exit into the Park & Ride lot
Go to SR 826 East via the Park & Ride lot
Go to US 441 via the Park & Ride lot
From the right express lane:
Exit onto the Turnpike
Exit onto SR 826 West
Merge right into the I-95 local lanes
Drivers may enter 95 Express on I-95 northbound just north of I-395 in downtown Miami, from the left hand ramp of SR 112 eastbound or from the intersection at NW 10th Avenue and NW 39th Street. I-195 is not an access point to the 95 Express lanes. Therefore there are no advance toll rate signs on I-195 westbound.
During the development of this project, express lane entrances and exits were limited to improve traffic flow by reducing the number of vehicles changing lanes in and out of the facility. This reduction of lane changing also maximizes safety along the facility.
The HOV lanes no longer offered reliable travel. By implementing express lanes, the Florida Department of Transportation was able to considerably increase the people-moving capacity of I-95 with a relatively modest investment by:
Converting the existing HOV lanes.
Adding a new lane in each direction.
Implementing congestion pricing along with incentives for ride-sharing.
The conversion also allows significant improvements to transit service in the following ways:
Reliable 95 Express bus operations with significantly reduced travel times and shorter headways.
Nearly $20 million in capital funds from the Federal Transportation Administration for the purchase of new low-emission buses will allow for more frequent service and brand new routes.
The Florida Department of Transportation is taking the lead in implementing 95 Express in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Planning Organizations of Miami-Dade & Broward counties, Miami-Dade & Broward County Transit, Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority and South Florida Commuter Services.
No. 95 express was intended for long distance commuters, and I-195 is not at an access point to the express lanes. Plastic poles prevent traffic on the I-195 on-ramp from entering the express lanes. Drivers may enter 95 Express on I-95 northbound just north of I-395 in downtown Miami, from the left hand ramp of SR-112 eastbound or from the intersection at NW 10th Avenue and NW 39th Street.