Drivers traveling on HOV lanes need to make sure they arefollowing the law. Starting this week, METRO Police will increase enforcementactivities along North Freeway (Interstate 45 N) HOV lanes in an effort todiscourage violators and improve travel speeds.
"We'vereceived complaints from customers on the North Freeway HOV that have noticed areduction in travel speeds since school started. As traffic increases, commutesget longer. We want to help fix that," said Tim Kelly, METROExecutive Vice President of Operations, Public Safety and Customer Service.
Carpools, vanpools and motorcyclists ride for free. Carpools oftwo or more people qualify to enter the lanes with the exception of theNorthwest Freeway from 6:30-8 a.m. During those hours carpools on U.S. 290 WestHOV must have at least three people. Solo drivers have the option of paying atoll to use them during certain times. A complete HOV/ HOT lane schedule can befound at this link. METROPolice patrol HOV lanes during all hours of operation. While they focusprimarily on HOV lane safety and occupancy requirements, all state motorvehicle laws are enforced. Violators receive warnings or fines, which can rangeup to $200.00 per violation.
TheMetropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO) is the region’s largest publictransit provider, offering safe, reliable and affordable transportationservices about 370,000 times per day. Besides operating more than 1,200 buseson METRO’s network, METRORail's system includes the Red Line (MainStreet and Northline), Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast).METRO’s services also include: STAR Vanpool, METROLift, HOV/HOT lanes, Bike & Ride program, Park & Ride, and road improvementprojects. Learn more about METRO services at ridemetro.org where you will also finduseful tools like the RideMETRO app where you can plan yourtrip and even pay your fare from your phone.