Transportation

Are Houston Drivers Using The HOV Lanes On Weekends?

Metro is gauging the success of a pilot program that keeps the inbound lanes open on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Metro started that pilot program at the beginning of July. They wanted to see if people would use the inbound HOV and HOT lanes on weekends.

Metro CEO Tom Lambert says a lot of taxpayer money was used to build the lanes, and they want to see if they can get more of a return on their investment.

Speaking before Metro’s Public Safety Committee, Vice-President of Operations Tim Kelly says it appears drivers like the idea. Kelly says about 100 vehicles an hour have been entering the lanes on weekends on I-45 North and U.S. 290.

“The North Freeway is the most used,” says Kelly. “It could be largely because of much of the construction that’s gone on on the Pierce Elevated, the TxDOT work over the first month.”

Metro board member Jim Robinson says based on what he saw last weekend, he thinks the program should stay in place through football season.

“Because we had both the Astros playing a night game and you had the Texans with a night game, and the North Freeway itself was literally bumper-to-bumper,” says Robinson.

After the pilot program ends September 30, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute will look at the numbers and make a recommendation on whether those extended hours should stay in place.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

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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