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First Metro HOV toll lane opens tomorrow

Enjoy your new option, Gulf Freeway commuters.

I-45 HOV toll lane

Metro is set to debut its first high-occupancy toll lanes on the Gulf Freeway between Dixie Farm Road and Dowling Street on Monday.

This arrangement allows solo drivers to use high-occupancy vehicle, or HOV, lanes for a price at certain times of the day. Tolls vary between $1 and $4.50 by a set schedule.

The so-called HOT lanes will be unavailable during heavy traffic times, Metropolitan Transit Authority officials said.

For the Gulf Freeway corridor, the inbound HOV will be closed to solo drivers from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. For the afternoon rush, the same restriction will apply to the outbound HOV from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

See here for some background, and here for the full map and schedules. I hope Metro makes a nice little bit of money from this.

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  1. Suzi Huntsman says:

    The Gulf Freeway traffic isn’t so bad outside those hours which you can’t use as a tollway…what’s the point if you restrict the hours when you need them?

  2. Debbie says:

    This “toll” is a waste of time and space. The construction has caused even more traffic for the 45 S commuters and now they’re telling us we’re not able to use it during heavy traffic hours?

    Real smart…