CDOT and HPTE Host Telephone Town Hall on HOV 3+ Change for Carpoolers, Monday, Dec. 12

CDOT AND HPTE HOST TELEPHONE TOWN HALL ON HOV 3+ CHANGE FOR CARPOOLERS, MONDAY, DEC. 12
Telephone Town Hall to discuss HOV 3+ carpool, options for drivers

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) will host a  Dec. 12 Telephone Town Hall to discuss the upcoming change for carpoolers, HOV 2+ to HOV 3+, on US 36 and I-25 Express Lanes starting Jan. 1, 2017.  HOV 3+ means a driver needs at least two passengers, along with a Switchable HOV Transponder pass, to use the Express Lanes on I-25 and US 36 for free as a carpooler. The town hall speakers will include representatives from CDOT, HPTE, State Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, Commuting Solutions, and Smart Commute Metro North to discuss the change as well as options to help commuters.

Express Lanes, which are being built throughout the state, help relieve congestion and provide funding to offset transportation costs, including ongoing operations and maintenance. HOV 3+ ensures that Express Lanes remain free-flowing now and in the future, so that those who choose to ride the bus, pay a toll or carpool always have a reliable and faster trip. In addition, getting more people into carpools with HOV 3+ reduces overall congestion and can reduce vehicle emissions.

HOV 3 + Telephone Town Hall information:
Date and Time: 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12.
How to participate: Dial 1-877-229-8493 and enter the access code 112034. Learn more at www.codot.gov/programs/expresslanes

About Express Lanes: Express Lanes increase roadway capacity and help to manage congestion on the highways. The use of toll pricing during peak travel times reduces delays, manages congestion and maintains reliable travel times. Express Lanes are currently open on I-25 between downtown Denver and 120th Avenue, US 36 between Denver and Boulder, and on I-70 between Idaho Springs and Empire. For more information, visit www.codot.gov/programs/expresslanes

For more information about CDOT, visit www.coloradodot.info

About the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE): The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. It searches out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express Lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling. For more information, visit www.coloradohpte.com.

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