METRO HOV/HOT Lanes to Operate on Holiday Schedule

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Release Date:        Dec. 22, 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].  


METRO HOV/HOT Lane Holiday Hours, Closures

METRO HOV/HOT lanes will be closed on Christmas Day (Friday, Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Friday, Jan. 1) in celebration of the upcoming holidays.

Adjusted schedule for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve:


  • Inbound lanes open 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • Lanes close between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Outbound lanes open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.


  • Inbound lanes open 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • Lanes close between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  
  • Outbound lanes open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The downtown Katy-CBD HOV ramp (between Taylor/Studemont and Franklin Streets) will operate continuously.

All three Diamond Lanes along US-59 Southwest Freeway (between SH-99 and W. Airport), I-10 Katy Freeway (between Mason Road and SH-6) and US-290 Northwest Freeway (between Barker Cypress and FM-1960) will operate in both directions.

Learn more about METRO's HOV/HOT Lanes

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