METRO Changes HOV Lane Hours to Improve Traffic Flow

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Release Date:  

July 28, 2015

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The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest public transit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportation services about 370,000 times per day. METRO operates more than 1,200 buses, and METRO's New Bus Network is coming August, 2015. For a good picture of where we are headed see our new system map. METRO's expanded light-rail system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline extension), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). Other METRO services include: Star Vanpool, METROLift, HOV lanes, HOT lanes, Bikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO by visiting where you can download information about our T.R.I.P. app and our interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].  


New HOV/HOT Lane Hours Aim to Improve Traffic Flow and Ease Growing Congestion

METRO is adding time for "HOV-2+ Only" lanes beginning August 3, 2015 in order to ease congestion and improve traffic flow through three major Houston area corridors. Affected corridors include I-45 North Freeway, US-59 Southwest Freeway, and US-290 Northwest Freeway.

During the peak afternoon commute drivers will see the window for "HOV 2+ Only" vehicles extended by 30 minutes as follows:  

New HOV 2+ Only Hours Beginning August 3

New hours are needed to address congestion and increase speeds for commuters. Managed lanes are meant to primarily benefit high occupancy vehicles such as buses, vanpools and carpools, particularly during peak periods. HOV lanes serve as a strong incentive for ridesharing, which in turn can help to manage congestion.

Drivers of single occupant vehicles who use METRO's HOT lanes will not see a hike in toll prices, only increased closure times.

For more information about these changes or to learn more about METRO's HOV/HOT lanes, please visit our website.