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Park and Ride Scheduled to Open This Summer

Work continues at the new 900-space facility at Hamilton Mill Road and I-85.

Work on the new park and ride at Hamilton Mill Road and I-85 is proceeding on schedule, officials say.

Georgia Regional Transportation Authority spokesman William Mecke said he expects the 900-space facility to open this July.

The new park and ride facility will be located between the Sardis Church Road Walmart and I-85 and is funded through the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Congestion Reduction Demonstration program. The project cost - not including the land - is $1.7 million according to Mecke.

The $147 million Congestion Reduction Demonstration program, or CRD, is a pilot program funded with a $110 million federal grant and $37 million in state matching funds. As part of the program, the and transit service will be expanded. Two park and ride lots, including the one at Hamilton Mill, are included as part of the project.

Two bus routes are currently planned to service the new facility – one to midtown and a second route to downtown. Once the lot is complete, the midtown route that currently starts at the Mall of Georgia will begin at the Hamilton Mill park and ride, according to current plans. The project also includes the purchase of dozens of new commuter coaches.

The commuter coaches will travel in the HOT lanes currently under construction on I-85. HOT lanes differ from HOV lanes in that fees are charged based on traffic volume. The more congested the roadways are, the higher the HOT fee will be. The changing fee is designed to keep traffic moving freely and provide more reliable travel times for commuters, according to the Georgia DOT.

Cynthia Montgomery March 28, 2011 at 01:07 PM
What started as a HOV lane, where you were rewarded for car pooling or driving with others to an event, to reduce pollution and traffic jams has now been turned in to a RICH RIDE lane. Those who can AFFORD to pay for a quick RICH RIDE can use the lane. All others now can just be stuck in the slow crawling lanes. Even now abusers hop in the HOV lanes when they want to get ahead even though there is no one in the car but themselves. I am not in favor of this RICH RIDE TAX but then again when I saw the notification signs posted down at Collins Hill Road , I thought it was about the expansion going on there and so I did not attend since I live further up the road. Well, How it is that with a democratic government who normally say they are for the poor and weak do we now have a RICH RIDE program in progress? It is said that the more congested the roadways are the higher the HOT fee will be. When was the last time I-85 was NOT congested?
MDG March 28, 2011 at 02:06 PM
What little research I've been able to perform, I found that plans are supposed to incude a Cedars Road lot. Does anyone know about this lot? http://www.dot.state.ga.us/informationcenter/activeprojects/Interstates/I85hotlanes/Documents/Factsheets/TransitAdvantages.pdf
The Other Donald March 28, 2011 at 02:44 PM
The Park and Ride Lot is currently under construction at the Wal-Mart open area just west of the Wal-Mart store lot. The photos posted are for that lot.. Will be happy to have it in place by end of summer, and hope it includes opening up with the new extra HOTLANE completed out to the Exit 120 (Hamilton Mill) too. If not the bus sits in the same traffic jamb that the other cars are currently in. Great for teh bus riders...........all 900 cars of them, which helps reduce the traffic jamb somehwhat.
Cynthia Montgomery March 28, 2011 at 03:11 PM
I take trips to the city each year. I would like to have the convince of not having to fight the traffic, use a half of tank of expensive gas ,or trying to find a reasonable priced parking place that is safe. Traveling to and from Atlanta has now become an issue in terms of time and money. I would try this service and judge which is the best for my specific trip.
Kristi Reed (Editor) March 28, 2011 at 03:12 PM
MD_Graves - Plans for the Cedars Road lot have been put on hold: http://dacula.patch.com/articles/grta-to-open-park-and-ride-near-hebron
Kenyatta Biedermann March 28, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Where do you go to apply for the positions that will be available in July?
MDG March 29, 2011 at 01:49 AM
I got this from GRTA resource today, too. I-85 Park and Ride lot under construction at Hamilton Mill Rd. Not GCT, but GRTA. · GRTA Route 413 will begin service to Downtown Atlanta about mid-summer Cedars Road & GA-316 (Hebron Baptist) · GRTA Route 416 will launch about the same time. · Plans are to build a route off Cedars Rd on hold, but for the immediate future it will operate from Hebron Baptist Church, Dacula, GA
MDG March 29, 2011 at 01:50 AM
@Kenyatta B, I'd try the GRTA website. Contact HR there maybe...

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