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View Poll Results: When travelling from one side of the city to the other you:
Take the HOV lane all the way to downtown, and travel out of downtown to your interstate 5 71.43%
Exit the HOV lane shortly before it leads into down-town to avoid down-town traffic. 2 28.57%
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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Question HOV From N. Houston All the way South

Hey guys, quick question/comment here regarding HOV trips from North->South or South->North.

The way the HOV works currently is that, depending on what side of town you are, it takes you on a lane into downtown.

Everyone is familiar with this...BUT... what about people who are headed to the North/south of down-town, for example some days I head to hobby area from Cy-Fair and have to get on 290 HOV, then take i-10 HOV to downtown, go all the way down smith st. to jefferson and take jefferson until it dumps you into 45-S.

Or, i could just ride I-10 and get off right before the "downtown-express" part of the HOV but that leads me to a VERY dangerous i-10/45 interchange area where accidents are notorious.

If any of ya'll have ever been in a similar situation, how do you like to get to the other side of the city when you have to deal with/without the HOV.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:08 PM   #2
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Downtown traffic is usually not that bad, be aware that there is some construction on Milam that may push some traffic over onto Smith.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
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Downtown traffic is usually not that bad, be aware that there is some construction on Milam that may push some traffic over onto Smith.
^This. I'd ride the HOV into downtown, then find whichever freeway I was looking for. Biggest hazard of downtown traffic on a bike says "Metro" on the side of it.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:25 PM   #4
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:01 PM   #5
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I wish there was an HOV that led out of town, as well as in. I commute from 59 north to 59 south and the traffic buildup in downtown is horrific. I usually go through downtown just to avoid the highway traffic in that area.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:21 PM   #6
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2-way HOV like I-10 W to Katy and back would be nice. Lucky for me that my destination is downtown from 45 North.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:55 PM   #7
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I take the HOV from 1960 and exit Smith street, the lights are timed pretty well so a constant 29-30 through downtown means no stopping except maybe the light right before the spur to dump on to 59 South. not sure what I would do if having to go I10 east though, I hate that interchange.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:56 PM   #8
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while we're talking HOV lanes, do you pass in the HOV?
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:02 PM   #9
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Yes, but beware it is a $180 fine if you get busted. I got 2 citations for passing 2 cars. Glad I had a good lawyer who got them dropped.
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