High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Systems
HOV - Hampton Roads: How to Use
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During HOV-restricted periods, HOV-2 lanes require at least two people per passenger vehicle. Some vehicles have exemptions.
During all other times, HOV lanes are open to all passenger vehicles, except when the reversible lanes are closed.
Many travelers already have enough passengers, making the HOV lanes an easy way to speed up the trip.
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Look for the HOV Symbols
HOV lanes are marked with the restricted lane symbol.
Many lanes also have electronic message signs which display the required occupancy for using the lanes, the hours HOV restrictions are in effect, and where to enter and exit.
Some HOV lanes are separated by barriers, while others are simply the left lane. See the HOV lane system page for detailed information.
Message signs will advise if the lanes are open or closed.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) closes all entrances to barrier-separated HOV lanes for a short time to ensure all vehicles have completed their trip out before opening them to traffic in the opposite direction.
Then, VDOT drives the lanes to make sure no cars are left behind. HOV lanes also have emergency shoulders which are monitored by the Virginia State Police and VDOT's incident responders.
Contact the VDOT Hampton Roads District at: hamptonroadsinfo@VDOT.Virginia.gov