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:
- Peach Pass Is Highway Robbery
- Boycott the HOT Lanes
- I-85 With No Peach Pass! Causing more traffic! Epic fail!
- Atlanta HOT Lanes NOT Helping Commuters
- Stop Peach Pass
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.