Motorists & Parking
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 the hours of 6:00 am and 10:00 am Monday to Friday, cars with two or more people and buses may use the HOV lane to Manhattan (left lane of the inbound upper roadway). They may access the lane from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) eastbound Exit 29A or from Flatbush Avenue (follow signs) or from the BQE westbound Exit 29, then turn right onto Gold Street or proceed straight onto Flatbush Avenue.
In Manhattan the left turn from the upper roadway onto Canal Street at Chrystie Street is prohibited from 5:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday. Vehicles utilizing 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+). The hours of operation are 7:00 am to 10:00 am on the westbound LIE from Calvary Cemetery to the tunnel. Motorcycle riders must obey the same rules as other motorists and have the required number of passengers
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 Lane
The South Upper Roadway of the Queensboro Bridge has an HOV lane open to vehicles containing two or more people from 6:00 am to 10:00 am, Monday to Friday. Access is to East 58th Street/East 57th Street in Manhattan from Thomson Avenue or 21st Street at 43rd Avenue in Queens.