Metro’s HOV/HOT lanes reopen in Houston


Photo: Mayra Beltran, Houston Chronicle

HOV Hot Lane access ramp to I-45 South at Pierce and Dowling in Downtown where solo drivers willing to pay a fee to get to work or home faster can use the High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane on the Gulf Freeway starting Monday on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in Houston.

HOV Hot Lane access ramp to I-45 South at Pierce and Dowling in…

As of Monday at 5 a.m., all Metro HOV/HOT lanes have resumed normal operations.

Metro operates the lanes along Interstate 45, U.S. Highway 59, and U.S. Highway 290 West. Toll charges have resumed as well, while all fares for rail and buses remain suspended for the time being.

HOV lanes are reserved for vehicles with a driver and one or more passengers. Each vehicle that travels on an HOV Lane must carry at least two or, in some cases, three people. During non-peak hours, single-occupant vehicles can access the HOV/HOT lanes for a toll.

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These lanes have been closed for more than a month after the stay home orders were put in place.

Metro continues to encourage riders to use public transit for only essential trips.