HOV Lane Information

About The HOV Lanes
The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes are located on the Long Island Expressway (L.I.E./Interstate 495), in both directions, from Exit 32 to 64.

HOV Lane Rules and Regulations
HOV Lane restrictions are in effect Monday through Friday 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM. During these specified hours, the HOV Lanes are reserved for buses and passenger vehicles with two or more occupants (children are considered passengers). Minivans with two or more passengers, and motorcycles (no passenger required) are permitted to use the HOV Lanes at all times. Passenger vehicles with only one occupant may use the HOV Lanes outside of the above specified times.

The following vehicles are not permitted in the HOV Lanes at any time:

  • Trailers
  • Commercial vans and trucks
  • Vehicles with commercial license plates

Some hybrid vehicles are permitted to use the HOV Lanes with a single occupant through New York State's Clean Pass program.  Click on the Clean Pass icon below for more information or to see if your vehicle qualifies for the program.

                                                                             Clean Pass Vehicle Information