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Metro Tries Out Extended Hours For HOV And HOT Lanes

Under a pilot program, HOV and HOT lanes will stay open longer on weeknights. Inbound lanes will also open during the day on weekends.

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Eastwood Transit Center HOV lanes
A car enters the Gulf Freeway HOV/ HOT lanes at the Eastwood Transit Center. A pilot program will allow drivers to use the HOV/HOT lanes until 11:00 p.m. on weeknights and during the day on weekends.

 

Under a pilot program that starts July 1, Metro will keep its outbound HOV and HOT lanes open until 11:00 on weeknights. Drivers with a toll tag can also use the inbound lanes on weekends.

Metro CEO Tom Lambert says a lot of taxpayer money was used to build the HOV system and commuters should get more from it.

“It’s leveraging the public investment the board has made to give another travel choice for people to use in this region,” says Lambert.  “And we’re just going to test it to see if there is more benefit we can get from that investment.”

Lambert also points out that freeways are now getting crowded at all hours of the day and night, and they want to figure out just how long the lanes need to stay open.

“11:00 o’clock may not be the right time. It may be midnight. We don’t know,” Lambert says.

A couple of summers ago, Metro ran an earlier pilot program on the Gulf Freeway HOV, to see if it would help drivers headed to Galveston beaches.

The new pilot program will run for 90 days.  

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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