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SATXtoday: HOV lanes SATX
The HOV lanes on I-10 between La Cantera Parkway and Ralph Fair stretch for 5.9 miles. | Photo by SATXtoday team
Last month we asked “how often do you use HOV lanes in SA” and nearly 50% didn’t know we had them. We’re hitting the highways to explain what these special lanes are, how to use them, and where they’re located.

HOV lanes explained

VIA Metropolitan Transit and TxDOT partnered to develop HOV lanes in the Alamo City. High occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes are special roads reserved for those carrying more than one person. They are found next to the regular lanes along highways.

Those who carpool or ride the bus have an added advantage of bypassing traffic in the designated lanes. These roads are identified as “2+” referring to the minimum number of occupants to qualify.

Here are some of the benefits of using HOV lanes:
  • Cuts down commuting times
  • Reduces highway traffic
  • Eases congested areas
  • Encourages transit + ridesharing

Who can use HOV lanes?

Qualifying vehicles include:
  • Transit buses, cars, and trucks
  • Carpools, vanpools, and motorcycles
  • Emergency + law enforcement vehicles
  • VIA and marked vehicles
While driving in these special lanes, trailer towing is prohibited and bicycles + pedestrians are not permitted. Pro tip: The HOV lanes in Bexar County are free to use 24/7 as long as your vehicle meets the occupancy requirements.

Driving on local HOV lanes

Now that we identified what these lanes are, where can you find them in the 210? Currently, there are two places in San Antonio where you can find them:
  • US 281 North between Evans Road and Stone Oak Parkway
  • I-10 between La Cantera Parkway and Ralph Fair Road
Check out the future HOV lanes currently under construction, in development, and areas being studied. Learn how to use HOV lanes before your next drive.
Tuesday, June 11
  • Visit to Bracken Bat Cave | Tuesday, June 11 | 6 p.m. | Bracken Bat Cave, 26101 FM 3009, San Antonio | $15 | Explore the Bracken Cave with the Bat Conservation International and learn about the ~15 million Mexican free-tailed bats living there.
  • ARTILLERY | Tuesday, June 11 | 6:45-11:45 p.m. | Fitzgerald’s Bar, 437 McCarty Ste. 101, San Antonio | $18-$20 | Come thrash with this band on its 40th anniversary North American Tour with special guests Vapor, WarCurse, and Rivetskull.
  • “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” | Tuesday, June 11 | 7-10:30 p.m. | Great Lawn at Civic Park, 210 S. Alamo St., San Antonio | Free | Bring your blankets + chairs to join the Center City Development and Operations for its Movies by Moonlight summer series featuring a film about crime-fighting turtles.
Wednesday, June 12
  • Self Care for Women | Wednesday, June 12 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Dress For Success, 600 N. Frio St., San Antonio | Free | Join this local organization in partnership with UT Health to learn about the best practices when listening to your mind and body.
  • Garden Nights | Wednesday, June 12 | 6-9 p.m. | San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl., San Antonio | $0-$18 | Head to the garden for extended hours, food + drinks, a vendor market, live entertainment, and don’t miss its newest exhibit “Huntopia.”
  • The Cher Show | Wednesday, June 12-Thursday, June 13 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio | $49.50+ | If you believe in life after love, catch a musical about this music icon’s life.
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News Notes
  • The City of San Antonio and the Fair Housing Council of South Texas are hosting a free in-person Renter Information Session tonight at 5:30 p.m. Visit the Good Samaritan Veterans Outreach & Transition Center (202 Connelly St.) to learn about renter rights and other important issues + responsibilities.
  • Terry Black’s BBQ is moving forward with its development plans after receiving green lights from the city’s Zoning Commission + the Historic and Design Review Commission. Plans for 2100 Broadway include a restaurant and underground parking structure. (KSAT 12)
  • The San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) is partnering with ReBokeh to launch a new way to improve accessibility at the museum. SAACAM will provide visitors with free, unlimited access to the mobile-app, which features assistance tech software designed specifically for people with low vision.
  • The San Antonio Brahmas are advancing to the UFL Championship after clinching a huge win over the Saint Louis Battle Hawks. Make plans to watch the championship game Sunday, June 16 at 4 p.m. on FOX, or grab tickets to watch the game in St. Louis, MO.
  • The San Antonio Zoo is offering a $25 annual train pass allowing adults + children a year’s worth of unlimited rides on the C.W.T Express. The new diesel-style locomotive pays homage to the park’s history of offering miniature train rides which began in 1956. Grab a pass today.
Real Estate
  • The demand for apartments in Boerne is currently on the rise. The apartment occupancy along I-10 northwest of San Antonio was up 15.4% in May and is witnessing an 8.2% increase in rental rates over the past three months, according to MRI ApartmentData. (SA Business Journal)
Coming Soon
  • Speaking of sports. The Creamery District announced its sixth concept is in the works called Tribute. The future sports bar will include 10 TVs, a food menu, and a full bar. A grand opening date is currently unavailable, but the bar is launching its soft opening this weekend. (SA Current)
  • Let’s discuss how the Astros lost their lead and how a jarred catch robbed them of the game. Get the latest news, analysis, and insider information for the Houston Astros with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
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🎟️ Grab your tickets
SATXtoday: Buena Vista Social Orchestra
The nine members of the group The Buena Vista Social Orchestra the sounds of Cuba to the Alamo City this fall. | Photo by Rafael Valiente
The School of Sacred Knowledge and SSK Records are bringing The Buena Vista Social Orchestra’s (BVSC) tour to the US. With an Alamo City stop scheduled, experience the culture of Cuba on October 16 at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre.

Not familiar with the group? This orchestra aims to keep the arts, music, and culture of Cuba alive through a show featuring music + dance centered around this Latin American country. Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos leads the ensemble with various styles of Cuban music including Guajira, Cha Cha Cha, Ritmo Batanga, and Latin Jazz.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. online and in person at the ATG Entertainment Box Office on Houston Street.

Can’t wait until the fall to hear Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos and The BVSC? Give them a listen on Spotify and check out the newest single, “Babalu.”
The Buy
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Where do you get your herbs from in San Antonio?
SATXtoday: Soli Organic

Soli Organic’s Innovation Advisor, Ulf Jönsson, showing the herbs maturing in the facility’s grow room.


Photo by SATXtoday team

64.3% get herbs from H-E-B | 31% collect them from their own gardens | 2.4% visit a local community garden | 2.4% browse around Trader Joe’s for herbs
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