Houston-area drivers on the road alone will have to start paying to use a new high-occupancy toll lane after a week of free rides.
The Houston Chronicle reports Interstate 45 South is the first of five corridors to open as part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's 84 miles of high-occupancy toll lanes. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was scheduled Monday.
Metro spokeswoman Carolina Mendoza says the goals are to give solo drivers another commuter option and increase use of high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
Single-occupancy vehicles use the same lanes as high-occupancy vehicles, but solo drivers must follow a path marked "all other vehicles" for tolling.
Drivers pay between $1 and $4.50, using a toll tag, depending on time of day.
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