Starting Oct. 15, motorcyclists will no longer need an ExpressToll account and pass to use the HOV Express Lanes, The Colorado Department of Transportation says.

This applies to the Interstate 25 and US 36 Express Lanes.

However, an ExpressToll account and pass are still needed to avoid higher license plate toll charges when using the Express Lanes that do not offer HOV, such as the Interstate 70 Mountain Express lane or on the Northwest Parkway and E-470.

“Motorcyclists will be able to ride for free on CDOT’s HOV Express Lanes,” High Performance Transportation Enterprise Director David Spector said. “CDOT and HPTE responded to feedback from the motorcycle community and eliminated the sticker passes for motorcyclists, which makes their use of the lanes easier."

This new way to ride for motorcycles could help ease the transition from HOV 2 to 3, which starts Jan. 1. HOV 3 means that a driver would need at least two passengers, along with a Switchable HOV transponder to use the Express Lanes on I-25 and US 36 free of charge.

Another change that could help the transition will be a Switchable HOV transponder that will be free for those who only use the lanes for carpooling.