HOUSTON, TX– If your morning commute includes an HOV/HOT lane in Houston, you already know how bad the traffic can get. Well effective January 6th, METRO is making some changes.
Between 6:30 and 8 a.m., single occupant cars will not be able to use the HOV/HOT lanes. They’ll be allowed to use them earlier in the morning, but between the hours of 6 and 6:30 METRO is also going to raise the tolls by $2.
Ouch. The tolls are going from $4.50 to $6.50 if you’re using the 45 South or 59 South HOV/HOT lanes, and $5 to $7 if you’re using the HOV/HOT lanes along 290 or 45 North.
Yikes, why the spike in tolls? Too many people are using HOV/HOT lanes in the morning and it’s creating too much traffic.
METRO’s first priority is to make sure that people riding buses, van pools, and car pools have a “free flow, safe and reliable trip down the HOV/HOT lanes.”
Get ready to pay if you’re single occupant, and for the rest of you out between 6 and 7, expect a few more friends out in the main lanes of traffic.