The I-77 Express Lanes are tolled dedicated travel lanes along I-77 between I-277 (Exit 11) in Charlotte and N.C. 150 (Exit 36), in Mooresville. The northern section of the I-77 Express Lanes from Hambright Road near I-485 to N.C. 150 opened in spring 2019. The southern section from I-277 to Hambright Road is planned to open in late 2019.
The I-77 Express Lanes run adjacent to the free general-purpose lanes. Drivers can choose to pay a toll for a reliable travel time and can utilize the express lanes for free if there are more than three people in the car.
How to Pay for Tolls
NC Quick Pass is the easiest and most cost-effective way to pay for tolls on the I-77 Express Lanes. Drivers with an NC Quick Pass transponder save up to 35 percent on tolls.
Sign up for an NC Quick Pass transponder online or learn more about NC Quick Pass transponders.
Drivers without an NC Quick Pass transponder will be sent an invoice in the mail through the Bill by Mail program to the address associated with the vehicle’s registration.
North Carolina also accepts E-ZPass, SunPass and Peach Pass transponders as a method of payment on all North Carolina toll roads, including the I-77 Express Lanes.
How to Travel the Express Lanes for Free
A vehicle with three or more people is considered a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) and is able to use the I-77 Express Lanes toll-free.
To travel toll-free with three or more people in the vehicle, drivers must:
- Have an NC Quick Pass E-ZPass Flex transponder or an E-ZPass issued Flex transponder, and slide the switch all the way to the right to display “HOV ON,” or
- Have any NC Quick Pass issued transponder, and set HOV status using the NC Quick Pass HOV App or website. (Note: customers with an HOV account must still set HOV status through the app or website)
Motorcycles are able to use the I-77 Express Lanes toll-free without the need for an account or a transponder.
NC Quick Pass E-ZPass Flex Transponder
You can set your HOV status using the NC Quick Pass E-ZPass Flex transponder. To set HOV status with a transponder, simply slide the switch to display “HOV ON.”
Sign up for an account online to purchase the NC Quick Pass E-ZPass Flex transponder ($16.49 + tax) and use the express lanes for free with three or more people in the vehicle.
NC Quick Pass HOV App
Another option to set your HOV status is with the NC Quick Pass HOV App or website. You can use the NC Quick Pass HOV App with any
NC Quick Pass transponder to set HOV status.
You must set HOV status 15 minutes prior to traveling on the I-77 Express Lane. For more details on the HOV app, please visit the HOV app FAQ page.
Customers that have one of the out-of-state transponders listed below are also able to travel toll-free in the I-77 Express Lanes when the transponder is switched to HOV status, and there are three or more people in the car.
- Virginia E-ZPass Flex
- Maryland E-ZPass Flex
- MTA Bridges and Tunnels HOV (Staten Island Carpool HOV E-ZPass)
I-77 Mobility Partners sets the toll pricing on the I-77 Express Lanes. To see the I-77 Express Lanes toll rates visit the I-77 Express Pricing page.
Visit our I-77 FAQ page for frequently asked questions on HOV status, transponders and more.
For more information on toll rates and project updates visit the I-77 Express website.