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CDOT and HPTE Host Telephone Town Hall Tonight on HOV 3+ Change for Carpoolers

December 12, 2016 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Telephone Town Hall to discuss HOV 3+ carpool, options for drivers

DENVER - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) will host a Telephone Town Hall tonight, Dec. 12, 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.

HOV 3 + Telephone Town Hall information:

Date and Time: 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12.

Speakers: Representatives from CDOT, HPTE, State Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, D-Arvada, 36 Commuting Solutions, and Smart Commute Metro North

How to participate: CDOT will call residents along the US 36 and I-25 Corridors. If you do not receive a call or would like to participate, please dial 1-877-229-8493 and enter the access code 112034. Learn more at www.codot.gov/programs/expresslanes.

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.

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.codot.gov.

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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