HOV 3 changes for some Colorado highways

Published: Nov. 28, 2016 at 3:57 PM MST
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Changes for travelers on Colorado highways are here. For those hoping to cut their commute time by using the high-occupancy vehicle, or HOV lanes, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is now requiring vehicles to have three occupants on some highways.

The change is called HOV 3. CDOT reports the change was put in place on Jan. 1, 2017.

Why the change? CDOT says Colorado has passed the point where it can build its way out of congestion. With the state's population exploding and transportation funding decreasing, CDOT and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) must look at innovative ways to move traffic across the state.

The move hopes to ease congestion in express lanes along I-25 in Denver and along U.S. 36 in both Boulder and Denver.

HOV 3 changes will be enforced starting Jan. 1, 2017

Vehicles that use HOV 3 privileges with only two occupants after Jan. 1 could face a $250 fine.