New York City's high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes provide a faster option for drivers with passengers. Buses and motorycles may also use these lanes.
Manhattan Bridge HOV-2 Lane
Between 6 am and 10 am, Monday to Friday, cars with two or more people, buses, and motorcycles may use the left lane of the upper roadway inbound to Manhattan. Drivers can reach the lane from Exit 29A of the eastbound Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE), or from Flatbush Avenue Extension (follow signs). It can also be reached from Exit 29 of the BQE westbound, by turning right onto Gold Street or proceeding straight onto Flatbush Avenue. Download the access map (pdf)
In Manhattan, left turns from the upper roadway onto Canal Street at Chrystie Street are prohibited from 5 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday. Vehicles using the HOV lane will have access to Chrystie Street northbound and Canal Street eastbound.
Long Island Expressway HOV-3 Lane Into Queens-Midtown Tunnel
The existing bus and taxi high occupancy vehicle lane (HOV) into the Queens-Midtown Tunnel is open for any motorists who have three or more persons in their vehicle (HOV 3+). Motorcycles are permitted and must obey the same rules as other motorists. The hours of operation are 7:00 am to 10:00 am on the westbound LIE from Calvary Cemetery to the tunnel.
Brooklyn Battery Tunnel HOV-3 Lane on Gowanus Expressway
The HOV lane on the Gowanus Expressway leading to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel is open to vehicles with three or more passengers, buses, emergency vehicles, and taxis and for-hire vehicles with at least one passenger. Vehicles using the HOV lane must have E-Z Pass.
The HOV-3 lane runs from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and is in effect Manhattan-bound only from 6:00 am to 10:00 am on weekdays. Vehicles with fewer than three people are not be permitted in the HOV lane but other vehicles will be able to access the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel via the regular lanes of the Gowanus Expressway.
Queensboro Bridge Manhattan-Bound HOV-2 Lane
An high occupancy vehicle lane is open on the Manhattan-bound South Upper Roadway of the Queensboro Bridge from 6 am to 9:30 am, Monday to Friday. The lane is open to cars containing two or more people and motorcycles. Drivers can reach the lane from Thomson Avenue or 21st Street at 43rd Avenue in Queens, it leads to East 58th Street/East 57th Street in Manhattan.