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DENVER — Motorcyclists will be able to use the express lanes of U.S. 36 for free, as long as they have an Express Toll account and pass.

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Thursday that like all other Express Lanes that offer free HOV/carpool such as those on I-25 and U.S. 36, motorcyclists can also use those for free.

“We are excited that the US 36 Express Lanes offer an HOV option and want to make sure our motorcyclists take advantage of the transportation choices available to them on this corridor,” said CDOT Communications Director Amy Ford.

Currently, the U.S. 36 Express Lanes Phase 1 are open for testing from Federal Boulevard to 88th Street in Louisville, with toll collections waived until July 22 for all vehicles. When collections begin, all drivers, including motorcyclists and carpoolers, will need to have an ExpressToll account and pass.

Motorcyclists will need to create ExpressToll account on their website, or add their motorcycle to their household’s existing account. New accounts require an opening balance of $35, which can be used for tolls on highways without HOV options, such as E-470 and the Northwest Parkway.

Once an account is set up, account holders will receive a sticker tag in the mail, which will need to be installed horizontally on the motorcycle headlamp, one inch from the bottom. After doing so, motorcyclists will be able to use HOV Express Lanes for free.

Vehicles with three or more people inside will be able to use the lanes for free as well, as long as they have a switchable transponder installed in their car. All other vehicles will need to pay tolls either through an ExpressToll pass or license plate billing, the prices of which are listed here.

CDOT produced the video below to help people see how to use the new express lanes and switchable transponders.

It’s worth noting that improper use of express lanes can result in fines of up to $250.

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