‘Technology lanes’ coming to U.S. 75 HOV with low emission and EV component

The under-utilized HOV, high occupancy vehicle, lanes of U.S. 75 between LBJ and Allen will be converted to a one-of-a-kind lane called the “Technology Lane.” Webb tells WFAA the project was funded two years ago.

The lanes will be general-purpose lanes for all vehicles. But, during morning and evening rush for two hours going south and two hours going north Monday through Friday, the lanes will be for high-occupancy vehicles, low emission and electric vehicles. This means Central Expressway will go from four general purpose lanes to five lanes except for between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 6 p.m…

The plans required federal approval because the HOV lanes were funded federally with air quality money. Webb tells WFAA that the Regional Transportation Council, TxDOT, and FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) have discussed more than a half a dozen options to improve congestion and reduce under-utilization of the lanes.