HOV / HOT (Express) Lanes I-45 North / North Freeway Access Ramps

 

I-45 North Inbound

 

I-45 North Outbound

 

 

Overview

HOV stands for High Occupancy Vehicle. HOT stands for High Occupancy Toll. Both refer to a barrier-separated lane that runs down the middle of I-45, Hwy. 59 and Hwy. 290. The lane runs in one direction, but it’s reversible depending on the time of day. In the mornings, vehicles travel toward downtown Houston. In the afternoons, they travel away from downtown. Lane usage, and whether or not a toll is required, depends on the freeway you’re using, time of day and total number of people in your vehicle.

METRO operates HOV / HOT express lanes on I-45, Hwy. 59 and Hwy. 290.

Lanes are in operation seven days a week and closed on holidays. Weekend operations follow the same schedule, occupancy requirements and tolls as weekdays.

For real-time traffic reports, please visit the Houston TranStar website.

I-45 North HOV / HOT (Express) Lane overall access ramp map

I-45N HOV lane access ramp map 1 and 2

1. & 2. Access is available both from Louisiana North of Franklin and Travis North of Commerce.

I-45N HOV lane access ramp map 3

3. Access is provided from IH-10 Eastbound Freeway direct connector ramp to I-45 North Freeway Via Slip Ramp.

I-45N HOV lane access ramp map 4

4. Access from Quitman West of I-45 North Freeway overpass.

I-45N HOV lane access ramp map 5

5. Access from Airline Dr. South of Crosstimbers.

 

I-45N HOV lane access ramp map 6

6. Access from intersection of N. Shepherd & Veterans Memorial under I-45 overpass.

I-45N HOV lane access ramp map 7

7. Access from I-45 Southbound Frontage Rd. South of W. Gulf Bank.

I-45N HOV lane access ramp map 8

8. Access from Southbound Frontage Rd. South of Aldine Bender via Wishbone Ramp.

I-45N HOV lane access ramp map 9

9. Access is available both from I-45 Southbound Frontage Rd. South of Airtex and Kuykendahl between Ella Blvd. & W. Rankin Rd. through Kuykendahl Park & Ride.

I-45N HOV lane access ramp map 10

10. Access from I-45 Southbound Frontage Rd. South of F.M. 1960 via Wishbone Ramp.

I-45N HOV lane access ramp map 11

11. Access from I-45 Southbound main lanes South of Cypresswood via Slip Ramp.

 

HOT (Express) Lanes I-45 North / North Freeway

METRO HOT (Express) Lanes operate on a revised HOV Lane schedule to allow vehicles additional time for simplified commutes.

The I-45 North / North Freeway corridor tolls for single-occupant users of METRO HOT (Express) Lanes are:

INBOUND
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
5:00 a.m. $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50
6:00 a.m. $7.00 $7.00 $7.00 $7.00 $7.00 $7.00 $7.00
6:30 a.m. HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
8:00 a.m. $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
9:00 a.m. $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50
10:00 a.m. $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
11:00 a.m. CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED

 

Overall Map Inbound

I-45 North HOV inbound overall map

 

Segment 1 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 1 map

 

Segment 2 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 2 map

 

Segment 3 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 3 map

 

Segment 4 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 4 map

 

Segment 5 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 5 map

 

Segment 6 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 6 map

OUTBOUND
  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
noon CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED
1:00 p.m. $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
2:00 p.m. $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
3:00 p.m. $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50
4:00 p.m. $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
4:30 p.m. HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
5:00 p.m. HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
HOV 2+
Only
6:00 p.m. $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
7:00 p.m. $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50 $2.50
8:00 p.m. CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED

Overall Map Outbound

I-45 North HOV inbound overall map

 

Segment 1 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 1 map

 

Segment 2 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 2 map

 

Segment 3 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 3 map

 

Segment 4 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 4 map

 

Segment 5 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 5 map

 

Segment 6 Map

I-45 North inbound segment 6 map

I-45 North METRO HOT (Express) Lanes Hours of Operation for Monday-Sunday

Inbound Direction: 5 - 6:30 a.m., 8 - 11 a.m.

Outbound Direction: 1 - 4:30 p.m., 6 - 8 p.m.