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Do You Plan to Use the I-85 Toll Lanes?

Effective Oct. 1, any vehicle that isn't eco-friendly or carrying three or more people will be charged per mile for use of the express lanes. Will you be paying for that privilege? Take our poll.

Two person carpools have one last free, relatively comfortable, work-week commute on I-85.

. According to officials, the new express lanes will improve the traffic flow on I-85. However, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, traffic woes for the regular Joe not looking to dig into his wallet could, in fact, get worse.

The AJC cites a study by the state that found traffic in regular lanes is likely to get worse as a result of the project, the purpose of which was to improve traffic flow for those who car pool, ride vehicles less likely to impact the environment or alternatively are prepared to pay.

The state’s study reportedly found regular lanes are expected to gain up to 90 new vehicles, per lane, per hour, in some high traffic locations. This is partly because two-car vehicles that used to be able to drive in the HOV lane for free will now have to decide whether it is worth paying a toll ranging from 10 to 90 cents a mile. That might not sound like much, but at maximum congestion a driver could end up paying $25 for a round trip in the express lanes.

Drivers prepared to do that, or who qualify to drive in the express lanes for free, will need to have a before Saturday in order to do so. According to state officials, about 1,000 Peach Passes a day have been issued in the lead up to the launch.

How do you feel about the new system? Take our poll and let us know.

Will September 27, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Interesting to see the 49 (so far) people who say they've already paid for the lane once don't realize the benfit drivers will see with less traffic in the "other" lanes. Wake up people: 1) Government doesn't have the funds to continue building roads...and YOU don't want to pay more taxes 2) Even if there was money to build more roads, you simply cannot expand I 85...there isn't enough land 3) traffic will continue to get worse, this will effect the areas ability to attract jobs...companies do factor in traffic and commute times when making location decisions $) Cobb and Gwinnett continue to resist transit for fear that minorities will infiltrate their communities and the have yet to realize that MARTA would have nothing to do with the management of transit assets in Cobb and Gwinnett. People, we have a major problem, we've told the entire world that Atlanta has a traffic problem (see T-SPLOST) and we are expected to solve these problems ourselves. To ignor traffic problems and expect new businesses to bring much needed jobs to our area is ridiculous. Express lanes, and other technology solutions are our only option. You don't want progressive solutions that generate immediate return, fine. I'm open to a better solution to solve our traffic problems. Do you have one that will work and 100% of the people will be happy with?
Armando Diaz September 29, 2011 at 02:34 AM
Have you even been up north to Dc, New Jersey...New York....or west to LA? They have really BAD traffic, this is nothing, All you had to do was to get up early and plan ahead your commute with a good GPS with traffic alerts unit (wich aren't that bad often up until today sep 28) and problem solved, but that's about to change on sat oct 1st thanx to some "smart guy" traffic planner at the governors office, do you realize that now people that use to carpool with 2 riders in a car are now considering on ridding on separate cars? how many more cars do you think will be added to the regular lanes on present traffic? thanx a-hole, I'm so glad to see my tax dollars at work!
Gary Fox September 29, 2011 at 11:52 AM
I've never advocated civil disobedience, however this may be an appropriate time. Pile in there & lets get as many as we can in that lane. Forget about as Peach Pass - just get in the lane (fill it up) & drive. I'm not talking about a handfull of cars, OVERWHELM the system in a SERIOUS way. Let headlines all over the country read "Angry citizens take back their property in Gwinnett County Georgia."
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew October 03, 2011 at 11:26 PM
It’s time to get the auditors fired up so they won’t do this “fudging” with the revenue numbers … If you didn’t have any reason to question the state’s position before, try the new math below. In particular, how does 15 minute “saving” become "30 Minutes"? “At a press conference Monday afternoon, State Road and Tollway Officials said the lane had saved some drivers a half an hour in the Monday morning rush hour at the most congested point. During that period a ride in the main lanes took 33 minutes, but a ride on the toll lane took 14 or 15 minutes, said SRTA director Gena Evans. The highest toll was $5.50 for the entire 15-mile trip, or 35 cents per mile.” The time saved is the delta BETWEEN the travel time in the General Lane and the Lexus Lane, NOT the COMBINATION of the two. This must be an example of that San Francisco based 21st Century Urban Student training method that our educators just reviewed… http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/atlanta-traffic-hot-lanes-1193087.html

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