Honoring the Brave

METRO is offering all qualified U.S. military veterans discounted travel on the METRO HOT Lanes network. If you have a Disabled Veteran, Medal of Honor, Legion of Valor or Purple Heart license plate on your vehicle – you’re eligible to receive discount tolls on the METRO HOT Lanes Network.

What is a METRO HOT Lane?

METRO’s High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes are an enhancement of the Authority’s High Occupant Vehicle (HOV) lane network. METRO HOT Lanes offer access to solo drivers (for a fee) during select hours.

Requirements

  1. A qualified veteran operating a passenger vehicle registered with METRO, and displaying a valid Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Disabled Veteran, Medal of Honor, Legion of Valor or Purple Heart license plate is eligible to receive discounted tolls on the METRO HOT Lane network by completing this application.

  2. The qualifying license plate holder (Disabled Veteran, Medal of Honor, Legion of Valor and Purple Heart), may use the METRO HOT lanes only during toll hours when driving as a single occupant.

  3. Qualifying license plate holders (Disabled Veteran, Medal of Honor, Legion of Valor and Purple Heart) must use the TOLL ONLY lane in declaration areas when driving as a single occupant.

  4. The qualifying license plate holder (Disabled Veteran, Legion of Honor, Legion of Valor, and Purple Heart) may not use the METRO HOT Lanes during HOV ONLY hours as a single occupant.

  5. Vehicle must be registered with METRO prior to using lanes. Qualifying license plate holders (Disabled Veteran, Medal of Honor, Legion of Valor and Purple Heart) with toll tags will be charged if not registered. Qualified Veterans currently receive a Discounted Toll of 100% (subject to change).

Register Today!

Download the application and register your vehicle.

How to Ride

  1. Observe the electronic signage at the entrance of each METRO HOT Lane. This lets users know if the lane is open or closed, the occupancy requirement and toll amount. Qualified veterans with or without a valid toll tag must have a qualified veteran’s license plate on their vehicle.
  2. When approaching the declaration site, the lane splits into two lanes, one for HOV ONLY and one for TOLL ONLY. If driving as a single occupant vehicle, the driver must use the TOLL ONLY lane.
  3. Qualified veterans can enter the METRO HOT Lane at any of the entrance locations. A map detailing the METRO HOT Lanes network can be found at: RideMETRO.org/Pages/HOVandHOTLanes.aspx

HOV / HOT Lanes Interactive Map

 

HOT Lane Schedules

Location

Day

Time

Direction

I-45 North
North Freeway

Monday - Friday

5 - 6:30 a.m.
8 - 11 a.m.
1 - 4:30 p.m.
6 - 8 p.m.

Inbound
Inbound
Outbound
Outbound

I-45 South
Gulf Freeway

Monday - Friday

5 - 6:30 a.m.
8 - 11 a.m.
1 - 5 p.m.
6 - 8 p.m.

Inbound
Inbound
Outbound
Outbound

US 59 North
Eastex Freeway

Monday - Friday

5 - 6:30 a.m.
8 - 11 a.m.
1 - 8 p.m.

Inbound
Inbound
Outbound

US 59 South
Southwest Freeway

Monday - Friday

5 - 6:30 a.m.
8 - 11 a.m.
1 - 4:30 p.m.
6 - 8 p.m.

Inbound
Inbound
Outbound
Outbound

US 290 West
Northwest Freeway

Monday - Friday

5 - 6:30 a.m.
8 - 11 a.m.
1 - 4:30 p.m.
6 - 8 p.m.

Inbound
Inbound
Outbound
Outbound