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LBJ HOV Lanes Driving Some Crazy

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    DART is looking into installing cameras along the HOV lanes of LBJ Freeway to ticket drivers who illegally cross in and out of the HOV lane.

    The High Occupancy Vehicle lanes along LBJ Freeway can be a time saver, but some drivers say they're sacrificing their safety traveling those lanes.

    "When they opened the HOV lane up we started taking the HOV lane because it probably cuts our commute by about 20 or 25 minutes," said Dallas driver Kim Woods.

    But lately, when Woods drives along that commute-cutting lane, she worries.

    "I can't tell you how many accidents we've seen," she said.  "I feel like it's a death trap."

    Woods said she believes part of the problem is the barriers in place that are designed to keep drivers from crossing in and out of the HOV lane illegally.

    "People came along and started knocking the stanchions down, and they've never done anything to replace that, so now people cut in and out of the HOV lane at will," said Woods.

    It's a problem Dallas Area Rapid Transit never envisioned when the HOV lanes first opened.

    "Crossing the double white line, driving over those pylons is an illegal move so no one in their right mind would have ever imagined that," said Koorosh Olyai, Assistant VP of Mobility Programs Development at DART. "Otherwise we would not have been doing this type of thing."

    Now DART, in collaboration with the Texas Department of Transportation, is working to find a solution to the problem Woods sees each day.

    "We are working with the manufacturer.  We are coming up with solutions to improve the system," Olyai said.

    Drivers like Woods hope those improvements come soon, so they can return to smooth sailing on their commutes.

    "Don't do it if you're not going to do it right," said Woods.

    Olyai also says DART was looking into installing cameras along the HOV lanes of LBJ Freeway to ticket drivers who illegally cross in and out of the HOV lane.  That measure was voted down during the last legislative session.