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Aug 07
​Beat rush hour on the HOV


This is a guest post by Brent Taylor, a social media specialist at METRO.

Every day, more than a million people choose to save the hassle of bumper-to-bumper rush hour by hopping in a carpool or Park and Ride bus that uses the HOV lane. METRO operates the HOV lanes on I-45, I-69, and US-290, while HCTRA runs the lanes on the Katy Freeway. You can find plenty of information about our lanes here, but there's a few key pieces to remember if you choose to drive in the HOV lanes:

  • Gasoline: Make sure you have enough to get out of the lane. We have several vehicles each month that create hour-long delays for others because the drivers didn't check their fuel gauges.
  • Distractions: Don't text and drive. You're most likely going faster than the main lanes anyway, so just wait until you reach your destination before checking your texts.
  • Trucks: No trailers are allowed in the HOV lane, or any truck with more than two axles. That means you, Mr. 18-Wheeler.
  • Breakdowns: If you have a stall or emergency in the lane, move as far to the right as you can. This will allow other vehicles to exit the lane while you wait for a tow truck to arrive.

One more note about the HOV lanes – pack your patience. When someone needs a tow truck, METRO has to shut down the lane for several miles so the truck can reverse down the lane to hook up to the disabled vehicle. This process takes time. Stay patient, and know that we are working as diligently as possible to keep traffic moving. Brentmoji.jpg


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