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Old 10-06-2008, 02:04 PM   #21
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Yeh, looks like it's worded a little differently than I remember. Probably not gonna help here.
Yeap...That's correct:

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No State or political subdivision of a
State may enact or enforce a law that applies only to motorcycles and
the principal purpose of which is to restrict the access of motorcycles
to any highway or portion of a highway for which Federal-aid highway
funds have been utilized for planning, design, construction, or
maintenance. Nothing in this subsection shall affect the authority of a
State or political subdivision of a State to regulate motorcycles for
safety.
In this case is a temporary close of the HOV lane with clear signals ordering: "ALL TRAFFIC MUST EXIT" and "ONLY BUSES". Still I'm going to hire a lawyer and at least not let it go to my Insurance records.
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:10 PM   #22
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Zapata, where did you find that quote from?


All I can find is this from the 2007-2008 Texas Motorcycle Laws handbook. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/msb/txmclaws.htm#chapter7
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TRC 680.013.

USE OF PREFERENTIAL LANE BY MOTORCYCLE.

A motorcycle may be operated in a preferential lane that is not closed to all vehicular traffic.
I should probably go introduce myself now....
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:26 PM   #23
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Last time I drove by that sign, it said "Busses Only" at the top... that portion is made for that park and ride coming up.
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:34 PM   #24
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Zapata, where did you find that quote from?


All I can find is this from the 2007-2008 Texas Motorcycle Laws handbook. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/msb/txmclaws.htm#chapter7
TRC 680.013.

USE OF PREFERENTIAL LANE BY MOTORCYCLE.

A motorcycle may be operated in a preferential lane that is not closed to all vehicular traffic.
That's the one I was thinking of. State not Federal, but it might work.
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i'm off that they took away the HOV on i-10. i use that raod EVERYDAY. it's bullshit if you ask me.
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:44 PM   #26
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I thought they didn't take it away, I thought they just made it so that you can use it like a toll road if you are in a single occ. vehicle, but if multi then it works like an hov lane. I avoid I10 at all costs so not sure if I read that right.
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how would they know if you're by yourself or not? they'll just charge everyone
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Are they still calling it an HOV lane or a bus lane?
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Zapata, where did you find that quote from?


All I can find is this from the 2007-2008 Texas Motorcycle Laws handbook. http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/msb/txmclaws.htm#chapter7


I should probably go introduce myself now....
I found it at the US Code website:

http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-...Cite:+23USC102
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Old 10-07-2008, 02:22 PM   #30
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Are they still calling it an HOV lane or a bus lane?
Negative. They are now called:

"Katy Freeway Managed Lane"

More info at this link:

https://www.hctra.org/katymanagedlanes/
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Negative. They are now called:

"Katy Freeway Managed Lane"

More info at this link:

https://www.hctra.org/katymanagedlanes/
IMO you won't win this battle.

http://managed-lanes.tamu.edu/produc...ns/4160-8B.pdf

You could go to court and plead with the prosecutor. Tell him that you've been driving on the HOV for a long time and didn't notice that it had changed.

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According to the information in the last link I posted above, the new lanes are going to be free for Cars and Motorcycles until Spring 2009.

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During the first phase of operations, from October 2008 until Spring 2009, the lanes will operate as a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and mass transit facility ONLY.* During this period, capacity of the managed lanes and the general purpose lanes will be studied to determine the safest and most effective way to open the lanes to Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOVs) and commercial vehicles.

By Spring of 2009, Harris County Commissioners Court will establish toll rates for non-peak hours and for possible SOV use during peak hours based on available lane capacity. Please check back regularly for updates related to the Katy Freeway Managed Lanes.

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Old 10-07-2008, 02:31 PM   #33
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IMO you won't win this battle.

http://managed-lanes.tamu.edu/produc...ns/4160-8B.pdf

You could go to court and plead with the prosecutor. Tell him that you've been driving on the HOV for a long time and didn't notice that it had changed.

Yeap..I'm aware of that. I'll let the lawyer to take care of the issue.
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