Ready or not, here come the rules.
Under the proposal, motorists wishing to use the high-occupancy lanes would have to buy an EZ Tag or get a TxTag from the Texas Turnpike Authority.
EZ Tags cost $15 and require a minimum account balance of $40.
Each time a motorist uses the lanes during rush hour, automated toll readers will detect a tag number registered to a high-occupancy vehicle, resulting in no charge. During non-peak hours, the usual toll will be charged.
Registered vehicles also would activate an alert, prompting a deputy constable to observe whether there was more than one person on board, while other deputies patrol the lanes, HCTRA says.
Metro estimates 11,000 vehicles a day use the existing HOV lane on the Katy Freeway. The proposed system should make it harder to cheat, said HCTRA deputy director Peter Key.
Other proposals including a requirement of only two occupants to use the HOV lanes, and shorter hours for the free ride for such vehicles. Whether you like these ideas or not, you can give your feedback at the various public meetings, the first one of which is tomorrow night.Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 13, 2008 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles