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Street Squad: HOV lane changes


For more than a decade North Texas drivers have been driving in the HOV lanes with just one other person in their car. But some time next year that minimum requirement could change.

Next fall the LBJ Express and the North Tarrant Express will open with HOV lanes only for vehicles with three or more people inside.

"The reality is that the HOV system in those two corridors is being moved from two plus to three plus," said Michael Morris with the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

Not everyone is a fan of the traffic plan.

"It's too many! I mean, next thing you know it's going to be four or five," said Lee Byros.

"It's pretty stupid to me," added Jamison Parker. "Me personally I don't know three people that want to ride with me. I mean, look at my car."

In addition to the three plus HOV lanes the two new corridors will have managed lanes which for a fee allow solo drivers in the HOV lane. The cost will vary with the traffic and time of day.

"There's a lot of people that love the two plus. There's a lot of people that say I can't get into a 2 plus, I'm willing to pay a toll and get me into that lane and make it more cost effective," Morris said.

As for the HOV lanes on other freeways, traffic planners want help deciding if they should remain the same or be switched to the three plus system like the new ones. To leave feedback, visit

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