Managed Lanes

Managed Lanes are designed to more efficiently handle traffic by using tolls or regulations based on the number of occupants per vehicle.  

Known by various names and brands throughout the state, managed lanes are typically found on highways where building new capacity is limited.

Highlights of managed lanes:

  • Provide faster, more reliable travel for those paying a user fee or meeting certain requirements, such as buses and passenger cars with multiple occupants
  • Include high occupancy vehicles (HOV), high occupancy/toll (HOT) and express lanes
  • May include "variable" or "dynamic" tolls that change based on the time of day or increase when traffic is congested and drop when traffic is flowing
  • Divert selected traffic to help commuters move more efficiently in all lanes – tolled and non-tolled
  • Run alongside general-purpose (or free) lanes

Difference Between Managed Lanes and Toll Roads

On a toll road all motorists pay a fee because all lanes are tolled. In contrast, on highways that include managed lanes, motorists typically can choose one of two options. They can drive in the non-tolled, general-purpose lanes or pay a toll to drive in managed lanes that can offer more predictable travel times.

Texas’ Managed Lanes

TxDOT, or in some cases project developers, manage the lanes and entities such as a toll road authority may provide billing, either by mail or electronically, with reduced rates for vehicles equipped with any Texas transponder (such as TxTag, TollTag or EZ Tag). 

Currently, managed lane systems exist or are being built in three major markets. View map.


Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas

  • North Texas HOV Lanes
  • TEXpress Lanes — includes DFW Connector, LBJ Express, North Tarrant Express, 35Express from Dallas to Denton County, Midtown Express (SH 183, SH 114 and Loop 12)* and I-35W in Fort Worth*


* Under construction