My favorite part of using the HOV is that I don't have to pay an exorbitant amount of money, to a private company no less, to ride a road that I already pay taxes for. I also like that I don't have to deal with tractor trailers buffeting the hell out of me. By the way, on this mornings ride in the 395 HOVs were a bigger mess than usual. The dust was so thick in a few locations that it was like driving through heavy smoke. I cant wait for them to finish that mess as the road surface is terrible.