How crucial is it to plan ahead for your holiday beach-going? You already know the horror of hitting the road too close to the afternoon.
METRO will help you out, though. Their aim: to get you to Galveston more quickly by opening the 45-South HOV Lane starting this weekend. Vehicles need two or more people to make use of it, however. We're sure authorities will be looking out for people putting stuffed animals with a hat into the passenger's seat to make up for solo drivers trying to make up for the empty seat.
Gridlock is a bitch during a holiday. With the opening of the free lane, folks should be able to cruise south starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday until 1 p.m. The free northbound lane will open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, the northbound trip can be made between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., and on Monday the lane will operate on the Saturday schedule.
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