UPDATED: Peach Pass Protest Page Launched on Facebook

New page has over 2,000 likes.

Updated Oct. 6 at 11 a.m.

The virtual protest has begun.

Area commuters are voicing their opinions regarding the new . Previously, vehicles with two or more people could use the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes at no charge. Now that the , motorists traveling in the HOT lane must have a . Some vehicles -- transit buses, motorcycles, alternative fuel vehicles and vehicles with three or more passengers -- are able to use the lanes for free. All other vehicles must pay a variably priced toll in order to use the HOT lane.

Some commuters are not happy with the new system. Over 2,000 people have already “liked” the “Against the Georgia Peach Pass” page on Facebook.

The page encourages Georgians not to ride in the Peach Pass lane.

“We can make a difference,” the page information section states. “Don't ride in the Peach Pass Lane and the state won't see a dime from us! Let them know how you feel and send them an email ... that's all it takes!”

The page is just one of several Facebook pages that have been created to protest the new toll lanes. Other protest pages include:

The "Stop Peach Pass" page organizer has also launched a web page with an online petition. So far, more than 180 people have signed the online petition asking that the HOV to HOT lane conversion be reversed.

Have you joined a Facebook HOT lane protest group? Know of any other protest groups, pages or web sites? What are your thoughts on the new toll lanes? Tell us in the comments below, let us know on the Dacula Patch Facebook page or send a message to @DaculaPatch on Twitter.

Prem October 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM
I-85 HOT lane is very much empty while all normal lanes are filled with traffic during morning and evening rush/peek hours in Gwinnett. If Nathan Deal's plan for two-person carpool becomes free, the problem is solved.. this would be just like it was before as HOV lane. I have seen many cars and vehicles with two-person riding in normal lanes since October 1st. These two-person carpool and others similar now causing more traffic jam. Two-person carpool should/must be given an award to ride free on HOT lane. Since they are willing to cut vehicle/car in half/50% and cutting pollution in air in half/50% plus willing to ride and carpool to go to work by giving in half/50%. They definately need to be award to go on HOT for free. This would solve problem. Cutting price of toll will not help completely. There are quite a few who are not willing to pay toll due to financial situation in family, economy, and in jobs.
Ed Varn October 12, 2011 at 03:56 PM
And again, the timing of this, creating a traffic nightmare right before a vote on TSPLOST is extremely suspect. Add to that the potential patent/conflict of interest issue and nothing passes the smell test here.
Kristi Reed (Editor) October 12, 2011 at 04:27 PM
According to GRTA officials, Jannine Miller was listed on the patent in her official capacity as a SRTA employee. GRTA spokesman Matt Markham said Miller is not the patent holder. He said SRTA has applied for the patent and is awaiting approval. Per Markham, "She has not received, nor will she ever receive, any financial benefit from the patent or any technology that may be implemented from it."
Ed Varn October 12, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Thanks, Kristi...that's actually a relief to know.
Kristi Reed (Editor) October 12, 2011 at 05:11 PM
I am glad to provide one small piece of good news. I wish I had a reassuring response for the other concerns. Let's just say these lanes are not changing my mind about TSPLOST or the government's ability to come up with viable alternative transportation solutions.
Gary Fox October 13, 2011 at 01:38 AM
Thanks Kristi, at least that part of this debacle is cleared up. Today I saw first hand the EMPTY HOT LANES.


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