FORT HOOD (February 6, 2013)--As more and more people enter and leave Fort Hood and use nearby roads and highways, Fort Hood officials and state and federal agencies are working on cutting down that traffic.
One of the ways Fort Hood officials are cutting down on traffic is by encouraging those who frequent the post to register for the Phantom Express Lane, a system in which those who frequent the post can register one time, and have their backgrounds checked and cars registered.
After that they’re considered "trusted travelers" and can use the Phantom Express Lane to enter the installation as much as five times quicker than those who go through a regular lane.
"If you use an express lane, you'll see there are little vehicles lined up because the process is so quick, as opposed to a guard having to manually or physically inspect an ID and compare it to the people in the vehicle," said Glenn Weber with Fort Hood Access Control.
Everyone who enters Fort Hood must show an ID to a guard, who then checks the expiration date, picture and more, which can take as long as a minute.
With the Phantom Express Lane, those who enter just have to swipe their Department of Defense IDs through a screen as they enter.
"Currently, we activate more manual than we do express, but if we had enough registered users, we could increase the number of express lanes that are being used," Weber said.
The express lanes is just one of several projects aimed at decreasing traffic around Fort Hood.
Starting next month, TxDOT will start a $50M project from the Fort Hood main gate to WS Young.
"Adding capacity to our roadways increases safety and ability of Fort Hood to get their soldiers in and out," said Ken Roberts with TxDOT.
"It benefits Fort Hood, but what benefits Fort Hood also benefits the greater Fort Hood area and even beyond in the state of Texas."
The 8-mile project will add another lane to each side of Highway 190.
The project will take about two and a half years.