METRO opens NW Freeway toll lane on May 20


The US 290/Northwest Freeway HOT Lane opens May 20 and is the fourth area HOV lane to be converted to High Occupancy Toll lanes (HOT). METRO HOT Lanes give solo drivers with authorized toll tags use of HOV lanes by paying a toll during specific hours. Access to the lane remains free of charge, however, to all eligible high occupancy vehicles (HOV).

Tolls for the US 290 Northwest Freeway HOT will range from $1 to $5 based on time of day. The Northwest Freeway HOV serves key activity and employment centers including METRO transit facilities, Fairfield, Beltway 8, and Loop 610. The 13.5 mile US 290 HOV lane currently carries about 7,500 vehicles per day. That is expected to increase to 9,000 with HOT traffic.

Visit for more information on how to use the METRO HOT Lanes.

METRO debuted its first HOT Lane (IH-45 South) in February, 2012, a second (59 South) in July 2012, and a third (IH-45 North) in December 2012. The lanes include automated gates and controls.

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