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Some Denver-area HOV lanes to require 2 passengers

DENVER — Drivers hoping to speed up commutes by using the high-occupancy vehicle lanes may need to find more friends as the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin requiring vehicles to have three occupants on some highways.

The Denver Post reports ( ) that starting Jan. 1, drivers in the HOV lanes on congested segments of U.S. 36 and Interstate 25 will need to have two passengers in their vehicle.

The move is designed to ease congestion in Express Lanes along Interstate 25 in Denver and along U.S. 36 between Boulder and Denver.

Vehicles that try to exercise HOV privileges with only two occupants after Jan. 1 will be subject to a $250 fine.


Information from: The Denver Post,