METRO Extends HOV/HOT Pilot Program to November, Seeks Public Input

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Release Date:        Sept. 25, 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. Besides operating more than 1,200 buses on a New Bus Network, METRORail's expanded system includes the Red Line (Main Street and Northline), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast). METRO’s services also include: STAR VanpoolMETROLiftHOV lanesHOT lanesBikes-on-Buses/Trains program, Park & Ride, and road improvement projects. Learn more about METRO services at where you will also find information about our T.R.I.P. app, Next Bus Arrival texting and the new digital, interactive rider tool METRO 360 [take a seat].  


HOV/HOT Pilot Study Extended, May Pave Way to Longer Hours

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is extending its current HOV/HOT pilot program until Nov. 30, 2015.

The program, which increases operating hours of HOV/HOT Lanes along the IH-45 South (Gulf), US-59 Southwest, US-290 Northwest, IH-45 North and US-59 North (Eastex) corridors, began July 1, 2015. It was initially scheduled to last 90 days, or until the end of September.

The extension gives METRO and the Texas Transportation Institute more time to weigh customer reaction and evaluate traffic flow improvements. 

METRO continues to seek public feedback through the end of November. HOV/HOT users are encouraged to participate in an online survey available at Surveys received by Oct. 7 will be entered for a chance to win a gift card valued at $50. 

After completion of the program, METRO's Board of Directors will  determine whether extended HOV/HOT hours should continue.